Sheerness West Federation

Year One Flamingos

Week beginning 12-3-18

This week the children in Year 1 are going to retell the story of Cinderella in their own words with the class teachers and TAs. They will also have a go at writing their own traditional tale or fairy story using some exciting picture cards to choose characters, settings and things that happen!

In maths we are starting to measure how long or high objects are and using the vocabulary to compare them. Can you find something longer or shorter than a teaspoon in your house?

Our science lesson will be finding out about the parts of a plant and labelling them and then making a collage in art to display in the classroom.

Don’t forget to dress up in green on Friday 16th or wear odd shoes! This is a fund raising activity for MacMillan, 50p minimum donations please.

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Week Beginning 5-3-18

Welcome back after a snowy break! We hope you made some memories to remember. This week Year 1 are continuing to read Cinderella and find out what makes a great story. Who are the characters and where does the story happen? In maths the children are using numbers to 50 and saying which number is the smallest or greatest.

World Book Day has been moved to this week and your children can dress up on Thursday as their favourite character.

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Week Beginning 26-2-18

This week Year 1 children are learning the features of fairy stories and traditional tales. How do they begin? How do they end? During the next few weeks we will be reading and re-telling Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and many more. Remember to ask your children who the characters are in their favourite story.

Our maths lessons are using numbers to 50, learning to read, order and write them and beginning to know how many tens and how many ones the digits represent. Can you put these numbers in order from smallest to greatest? 42, 21, 36 ?

After an interesting walk around the school identifying plants last week the children will be labelling the main parts of a flowering plant and trees this week.

Don’t forget to dress up for World Book Day on 1st March!

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Tesco Bags of Help – School Reading Books

We are very excited to have been shortlisted for the following scheme to raise funds for the federation’s libraries, during the month of March.  Vote for us to win the top prize in store! 

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during March- April, on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

The stores where you can vote are:

3179     Sheerness       ME12 1RH        
5003    Sittingbourne Express   ME10 1BQ        
6835    Sittingbourne Express   ME10 4SG        

We look forward to being able to share the progress with you.  Happy voting!

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Term 4 Newsletter

Term 4 Newsletter
Flamingo and Robin Classes
There are lots of exciting things happening in Term 4. Our topic is ‘Enchanted Forest’ and so English lessons are going to be full of traditional tales and fairy stories. The children will be learning about the characters, settings and plots, re telling stories in their own words and then writing a story of their own.
Our Enchanted Forest theme will include finding out about castles, who lived in them and what jobs did they do? Have you ever visited a castle? Art and design technology lessons will involve making pop-up castles and creating shields.
In maths our lessons we will include counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare for learning times tables. Later in the term we will be measuring length, volume and weight and hope to spend some of the lessons outside – especially the sessions finding out about the capacity of different containers filled with water!
The science topic is ‘Plants’ and the children will be planting seeds and finding out about different plants and trees. How many different spring flowers can you name?

PE and games will continue to be on Monday and Tuesday for Robin class and on Tuesday and Wednesday for Flamingo class. Please remember to read every day with your child and to practise the phonics mats sounds in preparation for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test in Term 5.
If you have any questions or queries please see us after school or make an appointment with the office.
Mrs Beale and Miss Roberts

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Welcome Back! Week beginning 19.2.18.

Welcome back to Term 4.
We hope you have remembered to use the sound mats we sent home at the end of term to support reading and have had a look at the homework grid together. The children are learning about traditional tales and fairy stories in English and finding out about castles in our topic lessons.

During the first week back the whole school will be learning their times tables and spelling rules. Children will visit each others classes with their teaching assistants.

Thank you for making sure your children have water to drink in school, no more squash and fizzy drinks please. PE continues to be on a Monday and Tuesday for Robin class and a Tuesday and Wednesday for Flamingo class.

Keep looking to see what our classes are doing each week!

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Week beginning 5-2-18

It is the last week of term already! We have a busy week starting with a trip around Sheerness being Science Detectives. The children will be out and about finding things made from different materials. Our English task this week is to write a ‘recount’ about the walk around the town. Which words could you use at the beginning of a sentence to show the passing of time?

In PE the classes will be finishing and filming their Dragon Dances for Chinese New Year, come and see the results on Friday afternoon!

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Year 1 reading session on Friday. We hope everyone remembers to share a book or two during half term to practise the phonics learnt in school this term.

Enjoy your holiday.

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Week beginning 29-1-18

We are learning about Chinese New Year this week and the celebrations they enjoy. Which animal is it going to be this year? Do you know which animal you are? Find out this week. Children are going to hear they story of The Willow Pattern, a well know blue and white plate design!

In PE everyone will be creating a dragon dance and wearing their own dragon masks made in design technology lessons. Our geography lesson will look at the similarities and differences between the UK and China.

On Friday all parents and carers of children in Robin and Flamingo Classes are invited to Flamingo Classroom at 1.45pm to find out how you can support (or continue to support) your child in their reading. We know that those who read regularly at home progress more quickly through the schemes. Come and see how we use phonics, questioning and the pictures to encourage all our children to develop a love of reading.

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Week beginning 22-1-18

This week Year 1 are continuing to read about Paddington and will be writing some instructions on how to give him a bath! In science we are sorting different materials by their properties. How would you describe a fabric school jumper? How is it different to the properties of a metal spoon?

Our maths lessons are continuing to use numbers to 20. Flamingos and Robins will be adding and subtracting and solving simple word problems. We are still practising number pairs to 20 too. Find the missing number… 14 + ? = 20. How do you know?

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Week beginning 15-1-18

Another busy week in Robin and Flamingo Classes. This week we are reading ‘Paddington’ and writing about his arrival in London. Where did he come from? How did he get his name? This links with our geography lessons where we are learning about the capital cities of the United Kingdom.

Our maths lessons are focussing on reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20 and also number bonds to 20. Most of the children remembered their PE kits last week, let’s see if every child can remember this week!

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Week beginning 8-1-18

This week Robin and Flamingo classes will be continuing with the whole school times tables and spelling activities. Ask your children to count in 2s, 5s and 10s or to tell you the spelling rules for ‘ff’, ‘ll’ and ‘zz’ in their spellings!

We will begin our topic and learn the countries that make up the United Kingdom. PE is on a Monday and Tuesday for Robin Class and Tuesday and Wednesday for Flamingos. Please ensure your children have a full PE kit in school with outdoor footwear and also remember their contact book and reading book everyday. Thank you.

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Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back Flamingos and Robins!
This term our topic is ‘Bright Lights, Big Cities’ and the children will be learning about the capital cities of Great Britain and the seas surrounding our country. Our science topic is investigating materials and their different uses. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year and making some amazing masks.
Remember to look at the homework grid during the term to share and research all the interesting things your children are learning.

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Bedtime Reading With Santa

A huge thanks to all the parents and carers that attended our bedtime reading session yesterday evening. It was lovely to see all of you sharing stories and enjoying Santa’s story at the end.


We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and are able to share many more stories with one another! 🙂 

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Week beginning 20-11-17

It is Week 4 already! We have a busy week planned finishing our weather charts and making some rain gauges in science. If you have an empty clear 1 litre plastic bottle bring it in and we will turn it into a rain gauge to hang on the fence. In English the children will be reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy about a little bear who goes to the moon in a box…..or does he? This links with our history topic finding out about real rockets and astronauts. Our maths lessons will focus on different ways to subtract, for example counting back or ‘finding the difference’. Our value for November is ‘Peace’. When or where do you feel peaceful – ask the children!

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Week beginning 13-11-17

This week the children will be recording the weather as part of our science investigations. Please remember to see what the weather is like next Saturday and Sunday too so that we can complete a whole week.

Flamingos and Robins are going to be poets and write 2 different poems using the words and phrases they collected last week. Look out for some examples on the website.

In maths we start to explore ‘taking away’ or subtraction. Does the answer get bigger or smaller when you take away?

Don’t forget PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Week beginning 6-11-17

This week Robin and Flamingo Classes are preparing to be poets. They will be thinking of words and phrases linked to our science topic about the weather and seasons. What do you like doing in the Autumn and what do you wear for firework night? Are they the same clothes that you wear on the beach in the summer? These ideas and words will be used in poems next week.

In maths the children are using the addition sign and the equals sign to record their calculations. Some children are beginning to explain how they solved a question too! Have a go this week.

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Welcome Back to Term 2!

We hope you have enjoyed your half term break.  This term our topic in Year 1 is ‘Splendid Skies’.  The children are taking to the air and will be learning about people who have travelled in the sky and space.  We will also find out about and observe the weather to see how it changes of the coming months.  Which season are we in now and when will it change?

In English we will be writing poems and a short Christmas story and nearer to Christmas the classes will perform a nativity play for you.  Our maths lessons continue to focus on numbers to 20 and the place value of each digit.

Please remember PE is on a Tuesday /Wednesday for Flamingo Class and Monday/Tuesday for Robin Class. Please also ensure children have a FULL PE Kit, including outdoor footwear and have had their earrings removed.

Thank you.



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Tescos Trip 12/10/17

On Thursday, we took a trip to Tescos.

The children really enjoyed themselves as they had the chance to explore the fruit and vegetable section, searching out different colours of the rainbow. The children also had the chance to try different types of cheeses, discussing which animals they came from. Even though we thought they would find it odd, the children really enjoyed watching the fish being gutted at the fish counter. At the end, the Tescos employees let us go into the freezers that they keep their stock in, the children found it very funny, how cold it was!

Hopefully your child told you about the day, and is telling you which foods are healthy and unhealthy!

Miss Roberts and Mrs Beale


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Week beginning 16-10-17

The last week of Term 1 already!

To celebrate Black History Month Year 1 are reading ‘Handa’s Surprise’  The children will be trying all the different fruits in Handa’s basket as well as finding clues in the book to describe the African setting.  Can you match the animals to the fruits they decided to take?

In maths  Robins and Flamingos are adding and subtracting numbers to 20.  They will also find missing numbers in simple number sentences and say how they know they are right.

Following our exciting visit to Tesco’s last week where the children found out which foods keep them healthy they will now be discovering what other animals eat.  What do carnivores, herbivores and omnivores eat?

Don’t forget to bring in your Christmas card orders, the children worked hard on their designs and a personal card is very special!

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Christmas Cards

This year we are participating in a Christmas Card art project.  All the children in the school have had the opportunity to design their own Christmas cards that you may purchase to be able to send the ultimate personalised Season Greeting.

The cards were handed out by class teachers last Friday and the deadline for ordering is Monday October 16th.  The cards will then go off for printing and be back in time for sending to all for Christmas.

The school will receive £1 for every pack of cards ordered.  The money will go towards buying some playground toys and equipment.  We hope to raise lots!! Here are some of examples of some of the amazing artwork that was created from Nursery to Year 6.

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School Contact Details

Head of School Miss H Brewer

Contact Person Mrs N Austin

Telephone 01795 663012

School Address
Rose Street Primary School
Rose Street
Kent, ME12 1AW

School Opening Times

Juniors:  8.50am – 3.20pm

Infants:  8.50am – 3.15pm

Nursery  8.30am – 11.30,     12.00pm – 3.00pm