Sheerness West Federation

Terms 5 and 6

Welcome to Terms 5 and 6, the topic for these terms is ‘Ships and Shipwrecks’.

We have started our learning by asking what we already know, and what we would like to find out about ships and shipwrecks.

Following this the pupils have begun their own individual research into answering the questions that interest them.

In classes the pupils have researched Dead Man’s Island, off of the coast of Queenborough and The Richard Montgomery off of the coast of Sheerness, as part of studying aspects of our local area. For the latter, they investigated the pros and cons of leaving the ship where it is, had debates in their classes and formed their own opinions.

In addition they have also researched the Titanic and the differences between the facilities provided for the different classes of passengers.

Amongst other science learning activities, the pupils have conducted a science experiment, involving constructing their own ship and testing out several theories as to the cause of why The Mary Rose sank.

In Numeracy we are looking at the priority areas to focus on at the end of the year, so that the pupils are secure with their number and calculation skills and understanding. We have also just completed a unit on geometry this week -and we can’t forget the fun that we had on number day with outdoor and active learning, games and challenges!

For Literacy, we are studying the play Macbeth by Shakespeare – the pupils have created well written descriptive settings and written letters so far.

This is just a sample of the amazing learning that the pupils have been enjoying so far this term!

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Year 5 and 6


Welcome to Term 4, this term’s topic continues over Terms 4 and 5 and is the study of Crime and Punishment. The learning opportunities that take place over these terms are both rich and varied. Focusing on Term 4, here is the outline of the main aspects of the learning.

Maths  (inc assessment and recovery curriculum)

  •              multiplication, division and problem solving with numbers that include decimal notation
  •              solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to 3 decimal places where appropriate
  •                use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation (to up to 3 decimal places – Year 6)

(Year 5)

  • solve problems involving converting between units of time

(Year 6)

  •                 use simple formulae
  •                 generate and describe linear number sequences
  •                 express missing number problems algebraically
  •                 find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with 2 unknowns
  • enumerate possibilities of combinations of 2 variables

English (inc assessment and recovery curriculum)

Using the story Holes by Louis Sachar we will be exploring a range of genres to produce big writes and develop reading skills. Written in 1998 Holes centres on an unlucky teenage boy named Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention centre in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft. The plot explores the history of the area and how the actions of several characters in the past have affected Stanley’s life in the present. These interconnecting stories touch on themes such as racism, homelessness and illiteracy.

(See Medium Term Plan for overview of other subjects)

We will post up examples of the fantastic work that the pupils complete when we get back to school.

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Book Day 2020

Book Day 2020
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School Contact Details

Executive Head Teacher Mrs A Pattenden

Head of School Miss H Brewer

Contact Person D Jamieson


Telephone 01795 662178

School Address
West Minster Primary School
St. Georges Avenue
Kent, ME12 1ET

School Opening Times

Main School:  8.35am – 3.15pm

Nursery (All Day):  9.00am – 3.10pm

Nursery (Sessions):  8.30am – 11.30, 12.10pm – 3.10pm