Sheerness West Federation


Dear Parents,

                         at West Minster Primary School, reading is at the heart of the curriculum. Our aim is to teach children to become confident and competent readers, as well as developing a life-long love of reading for pleasure. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.Reading is a fundamental skill and the teaching of reading in school takes many forms, using a wide range of high-quality texts. Children in EYFS and KS1 undertake 20-30 minutes of high- quality phonics learning daily alongside reading tasks across the curriculum and individual reading to an adult, in partnership with home, using the school reading scheme. In KS2 pupils have daily reading tasks across the curriculum, as well as weekly reading for enjoyment, and when required, high-quality phonics learning. All pupils experience poetry and rhymes daily (KS1) and as a minimum at least once weekly (KS2), as poetry is recognised as an integral aspect of the learning of literacy.

We are requesting your continued support in ensuring that the teacher set reading books and contact books are brought in to school every day. The role of the parent/carer in the teaching of reading remains paramount to their child’s progress and this is highly valued by the school. Please read with your child daily for a minimum of 10-20 minutes. Attached here are some examples of good practice when supporting children to develop their reading skills.

Thank you for your continued support,

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How can you help your child with their reading

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