Sheerness West Federation

Reception Puffins

Week beginning 11-2-19

It’s the last week of term 3!  Our story for the final week of ‘Tell me a Story’ is ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and will include some exciting activities.  The children will be following a simple map to find pictures of sweets.  The pictures will be hidden in, on, under, beside, next to and above places around the school.  (They will exchange the pictures for a treat in school!)  Maybe you could practise at home too.  By the end of the week Puffin and Parrot classes will be experts at using positional language.  Children will use flat 2D shapes to create gingerbread houses and also sequence the story to make their own zig-zag books. 

We will be having our last swimming session on Wednesday when all the children will be assessed.  They will be receiving a certificate next term to show the skills they have learnt.

Please remember to practise letter sounds in the little Blue Books during half-term and to share some books together.

Have an enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 25th February.



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Week beginning 4-2-19

‘Tell me a Story’ continues this week with the story of ‘Rapunzel’.  Puffins and Parrots will be using their imaginations to think of a way to rescue her from the tower using different construction sets.  We will create pictures of her using collage and make a tall tower with empty boxes and containers. 

Our outside learning area has been very wet this term but we still need the children to explore and enjoy the activities and resources.  Please could children bring in a pair of named wellies to wear outside.  This will stop their school shoes getting muddy and also the floor and carpets in class.  Thank you.

Swimming Lesson 5 is on Wednesday and PE is on Friday as usual. 

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week beginning 28-1-19

This week we are reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and children in Puffin and Parrot classes will be tasting porridge just like Goldilocks to see which they like most.  Then they will record the results and see which porridge – salty, sweet or plain- is the most popular.  Children will also make a story map and show the different sized bears, bowls, chairs and beds.  Whose chair did Goldilocks break?  Ask your child to sing our special song ‘When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’ and to show you the actions.

Swimming is on Wednesday, don’t forget warm hats this week, the forecast is for chilly weather!  PE is on Friday and remember library books too.

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Week beginning 21-1-19

Puffin and Parrot classes continue this week with ‘Tell Me a Story’.  Our story is The Gingerbread Man and they will make their own to take home and eat…. if they don’t run away!  Children will also use the gingerbread men to start adding 2 small numbers together.  Ask your child what they need to count to find an answer. 

On Wednesday the classes will have their third swimming session, please label ALL clothes and bags to help us get everyone back to school with the right belongings.  Remember PE kits for Friday and also library books.  Everyone who remembers their book and bag will choose a new one to share and read with you at the weekend.

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Week beginning 14-1-19

We continue our topic of ‘Tell me a Story’ this week with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  Most children are familiar with the tale and enjoy joining in.  Ask them what the giant says every time Jack visits his castle. 

We will be planting some beans and watching them grow but unfortunately they are not magic because we did not have a cow to swop!

The children will be ordering numbers to 10 up the beanstalk and some might even reach 20.  We will compare the height of different beanstalks too.

Swimming is on Wednesday and the children are very keen after their first session last week.  Every one enjoyed it and most children did very well drying and dressing themselves.   However, many clothes were not named and staff found it difficult to make sure children had put on the right uniform.  Please label clothes, costumes and bags for this week.  Thank you to the parents and carers who do help us by naming everything.

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Week beginning 7-1-19

Welcome back to Spring Term 3!  This term Puffin and Parrot classes will be enjoying our topic ‘Tell me a Story’.  We will be reading a selection of traditional tales and fairy stories.  This week we are reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’  and making a house of straw, a house of wood and a house of bricks.  Then the children will guess which one will blow down most easily before huffing and puffing………. to find out.

During term 3 the children will be attending swimming lessons every Wednesday afternoon at Sheerness Leisure Centre.  Please make sure your child has a costume, towel and a bag to put their wet things in.  They must have their hair tied back and earrings removed for every session.  All the additional information you need is in your letter sent by the PE team before the Christmas holiday. 

PE is on Friday morning, please make sure children have full PE kit including plimsolls that fit – little feet grow quickly!

Come and see us if you have any questions.


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Week beginning 10-12-18

There is a lot happening this week!  Puffin and Parrot classes are learning to sequence the nativity story and to act it out together.  They will be talking about winter weather and deciding which clothes they need to wear to keep warm.

Our performances of ‘Away in a Manger’ are on Wednesday, I hope you have remembered to send your booking slip back – 2 people may attend for each child.  There are performances in the morning and afternoon and we are looking forward to singing and entertaining you all!

On Friday morning the children are going to West Minster to watch a pantomime with the Year 1 and Reception classes.  Please make sure we have your permission slip back as soon as possible.  We will be leaving Rose Street straight after registration so don’t be late or your child will miss all the fun.  It is also Christmas jumper day so wear a festive jumper and raise money for charity.

We finish school on Tuesday 18th December so Miss Bennett and Mrs Beale would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Week beginning 3-12-18

Week 6 already and our topic about ‘Celebrations’ continues with…Christmas!  The children in Puffin and Parrot classes will be reading ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’.  He will be hiding around the classroom and children will be using positional words to describe where he is, for example, behind the tree or next to the dolls house.  We will be writing important letters to Santa.  Ask your child to say the sounds they can hear in s-a-n-t-a because they have all these letters and sounds in their little blue books.

Everyone had their own letter to say which character they will play in the nativity next week.  It also says which clothes (and the colours) we would like them to bring in by Friday at the latest.  Please check you child’s book bag if you have not seen it yet!

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Week beginning 26-11-18

This week our Celebration is a wedding.  The children will be telling us about weddings they have been to and sequencing a wedding day from getting dressed to the dancing at the reception!  Puffins and Parrots will be learning how to make wedding buns, wrap a present and design a wedding outfit for themselves.

Don’t forget the wellies if the weather is wet then children can play outside in the puddles.  Unfortunately we have not won an attendance award for some time due to so many unwell pupils.  Remember to always wash your hands carefully to stop the germs spreading please….at home and at school. 

Parent’s Meetings are this week, check with your teacher if you cannot remember when you have booked an appointment.

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Week beginning 19-11-18

Welcome to Week 4.  Puffin and Parrot classes will be celebrating ‘Birthdays’  for our topic about ‘Celebrations’.  They will be buying presents and talking about small coins and money and designing their own birthday cards.  We will find out which month their birthday is in and how old they are.  Does your child know which month they were born in?

Later in the week the children will play some party games and decorate ‘cakes’ with playdough candles. 

We will begin rehearsing our nativity play and decide which children are brave enough to have a speaking part! 

As the weather turns colder and wetter make sure your child has a jumper and a coat every day.  Please help them to learn how to do up a zip ….. it takes us a long time to do their coats up 4 times a day!

Thank you.

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Week Beginning 12-11-18

Another week of ‘Celebrations’.  This time we are celebrating Diwali and will be reading the exciting story of ‘Rama and Sita’.  The children will be making their own Diwali lamps and decorating them.

We will be creating rangoli patterns around the school …. ask your child what they are and maybe they could make one for you at home!

Unfortunately the fire engine was busy last week but we are hoping for a visit this Friday.  As it is also Children in Need day please make sure your child has a warm coat over their costume as we will be outside to see the fire engine.

Some children are practising their phonics and remembering their book every day, the sooner they are confident with ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ the sooner they will have the next 3 sounds to learn.  Please come and see us if you have any questions.

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Week Beginning 5-11-18

This week our celebration is about fireworks and keeping safe.  The children will talk about their own experiences and how they enjoy bonfire night with their friends and families.

We will be making rockets with lots of sparkle and creating our own musical instruments that go ‘whoosh’ and ‘bang’!

On Friday we hope the local fire engine will be available to visit us too.

The children will be bringing their little blue ‘Phonics Book’ home this week with their contact book.  Please practise saying the sounds together and remember to send the book in EVERY day.  Thank you.

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Autumn Term 2 Week beginning 29-10-18

Welcome back to Term 2, we hope you had a great half term holiday! Our topic this term is ‘Celebrations’.  We will be learning about firework night, weddings, birthdays, Diwali and of course Christmas. 

In Week 1 KS1 and KS2 are having a Hogwarts and Harry Potter week.  In Early Years we will be enjoying stories including ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Meg and Mog’ and a selection of Winnie the Witch adventures.  Parrot and Puffin classes will be making their own wands and mixing some magic potions!  Remember to ask your children what they put in their potion …was it a whole pot or half a pot of ingredients.  Maybe the pot was nearly full or nearly empty.  Help the children to remember the vocabulary we will be using.

This term the children will continue to use the outdoor learning area but they will need a pair of wellies if it is very wet.  Please make sure they have their name in them.  PE will continue to be on a Friday morning so don’t forget full PE kits.


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Week beginning 15-10-18

The last week of Term 1! This week Puffin and Parrot classes are reading ‘Funny Bones’ by Allan Ahlberg. A family of skeletons go out on the town for an evening and have some fun! We will be comparing the length of different bones to practise maths skills, making skeleton pictures with white straws on black paper and deciding which activities we do in the day and which we do at night.

Don’t forget PE kits on Friday and well done to all the children who can already change on their own or with just a little help.

Have a happy half term and remember to share some exciting stories together as the evening draw in.

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Week beginning 8-10-18

Our story this week is about a crocodile who has tooth ache. The children will be learning how important it is to brush their teeth every day so that they don’t have bad teeth. Their activities will include practising using scissors to cut out some sharp crocodile teeth!

The weather has been unusually warm this term and the children often take off their jumpers and cardigans. Please make sure ALL their clothes are named, we have a box of un-named and un-claimed garments for you to check if you are missing anything.

Most children have their PE kits on a Friday – WELL DONE – but there are still a few in each class who have not brought one in. They need a white t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls and track suit bottoms for the chilly days. Thank you.

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Week Beginning 30-9-18

This week we are reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’ with our classes. The Rainbow Fish doesn’t have any friends until he learns to share his shiny scales with them. We will be talking about how children can be good friends to each other and have happy, sharing classes. They will also be painting their own fish using celery sticks to print the scales. Ask them about the colours they use to make their beautiful pictures.

All the children will receive a book this week to encourage sharing and reading together with parents, carers, grandparents and friends. Please read the story together over the weekend and we will ask the children about it next week. Thank you.

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Week beginning 24-9-18

We have a colourful story this week, ‘Elmer’ by David McKee. Elmer the patchwork elephant does not like standing out in the crowd and being different……. until he realises his friends like him just the way he is! Puffin and Parrot Class will be making their own Elmer using the top part of plastic milk bottles. Please remember to send a clean one in.

To practise our counting skills the children will be counting how many of each colour squares Elmer has.
Try counting objects up to 10 with your child this week to reinforce their learning.

Don’t forget PE kits on Friday.

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Week beginning 17-9-18

This week Parrots and Puffins will be staying in school for the afternoons and will finish at 3.15pm. We have an exciting week planned learning about healthy food and we will be making pizzas! Our story is ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ and children will be planting some seeds of their own. The outside learning area now has a busy construction site, a quiet reading area with some enormous beanbags and an interesting nature kitchen. Ask your children what they like exploring and who they enjoying sharing the activities with.

PE is on Friday mornings, please make sure your child has their PE kit with them so that they can take part. If it rains we have wet weather trousers and jackets in school but they also need a pair of wellies. These can be left in school on the rack in the cloakroom then the children who have wellies can still go outside to explore.

PLEASE label ALL clothes, footwear and bags clearly. Thank you.

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Week Beginning 10-9-18

This week children will be staying for lunch and finishing at 12.45pm. Don’t forget your packed lunch if you are not having school dinners.

Our story this week is ‘Dirty Bertie’ about a boy with some dirty habits…… ask your child what they are! They will be learning about how germs are spread and why it is important to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough. We have some exciting activities to demonstrate this. Thursday 13th September is Roald Dahl Day and children can dress up as a character or wear something that is yellow for a donation of £1.00.

Please make sure your child has a PE kit for Friday and any earrings are removed, thank you.

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Welcome to Puffin and Parrot Classes 2018/19

Welcome to Rose Street Reception classes. We hope you had a wonderful summer and that your children are ready to start exploring and learning in our amazing Early Years Unit. During Week 1 they will be in school for mornings only and then in Week 2 they will join us for lunch too.

Our story for the week is ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School’ about a little boy’s first day at school and how he makes friends. The children will be talking about how they feel and what they especially enjoy at school.

PE lessons will be on a Friday morning and children will need their PE kit in school by Week 2 please. At Rose Street we are a healthy school and children are encouraged to drink water during the day. We have water and cups in the classroom but they may like to bring their own water bottle in. Please do not send in fizzy or flavoured drinks.

We look forward to seeing you!

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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