Sheerness West Federation

Reception Puffins

Welcome back to Term 6

Welcome back to Term 6, the last term of this school year!  We have some exciting activities planned including a Father’s Day invitation to dads to join us for ‘Stay and Play’, Sports Day, a trip to the beach and a ‘Pirate Week’.

This term the children have decided they would like to know more about dinosaurs and so we have 2 weeks of dinosaur fun planned.  Maybe you could practise pronouncing some of those long names with your children!  Later in the term the children will also enjoy stories about the seaside, pirates and underwater creatures.  They will explore rock pools, make treasure maps and dress up as pirates – more information to follow nearer the time.

Thank you for sending your children in with re-useable water bottles.  Please continue to do this and label ALL bottles BEFORE they come into school.  This ensures your child only drinks from their own water bottle.  We wash them out and top them up during the day if necessary.  This is keeping the children healthy and hydrated in school as well as saving all the extra plastic from being thrown away. 

Don’t forget PE kits and library books every Friday.

Thank you


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Week beginning 20-5-19

Where has Term 5 gone to?  Already we are in the last week of term and we complete our theme of ‘Fantasy Lands’ with stories about pirates and the high seas.  Puffin and Parrot classes will be writing letters to put in a bottle, creating their own pirate treasure maps and finding out about objects that float and sink.  The children will be making boats and experimenting to find out whether they float and why. 

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and half term week.  If you go out anywhere, visit friends or family or plan to do something exciting at home please encourage your child to record the experience in a drawing and maybe a simple sentence or initial letters. They really enjoy sharing their news with each other after a holiday! 

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Week beginning 13-5-19

This week Reception classes are reading stories about fairies and elves in magical lands.  Where does the Tooth Fairy take the children’s’ teeth?  We will be teaching Puffins and Parrots to brush their teeth carefully and explaining why it is important to only have sweets and sugary drinks as a treat.  Thank you to all parents and carers who have given their children water in their drinks bottles, this is an important step to healthy teeth! 

PE and Library are on Friday as usual, don’t forget kits and books.

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Week beginning 7-5-19

Another short week!  We are reading books about Super Heroes this week and will especially be enjoying stories about the Evil Peas…… ask your children!  Unfortunately they have ‘kidnapped’ a valuable toy from the Head teachers office and the children will be writing ransom notes to the staff.

Puffin and Parrot classes will also be learning how to share items equally into 2 or 3 groups and designing their own super hero costumes.

We will not be having PE this week as the 4 day cycle of activities will run from Tuesday to Friday instead of Monday to Thursday.  Please still send in library books to be changed.

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Week beginning 29-4-19

This week we are reading stories about aliens and spacemen.  Children will make flying saucers and write a postcard from the moon!  If you have any favourite books at home bring them in to share with your class – we love stories!

Please remember to share the Little Blue Books.  Some children who regularly practise the letters, sounds and words are ready for a reading book – well done!  The alphabet sheet was sent home to everyone at the end of term 4 so please continue to say the little rhyme and practice letter formation correctly, it all helps your child to progress.

PE and library are on Friday as usual.


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Summer Term 5

Welcome back to a short Term 5!  We hope you had a happy Easter holiday.

Our topic in Puffin and Parrot classes this term is ‘Fantasy Lands’ and the children will be reading stories about aliens, fairies, super hero’s and pirates.

During the first week back we will be sharing your child’s Easter Diary and finding out what exciting things you have been doing. 

In preparation for Year 1 we will ask you to say your ‘goodbyes’ at the door so that the children can come in on their own and learn how to put their books and bags away independently.

Don’t forget PE kits and library books on Fridays as usual.

Thank you.

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5th April 2019

Please note that your Easter Newsletter should read….we will see you on Wednesday 24th April 2019.  Sorry!

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Week beginning 1-4-19

It is already the end of another term!  This week children will be learning about the life cycle of a frog and will be reading the story of ‘Tadpole’s Promise’.  They are going to pretend to be frogs and see how far they can jump.  We will measure the distance in lolly sticks.  Later in the week Puffin and Parrot classes are going on an Easter Egg Hunt and will make some little baskets to put the chocolates in.

Please remember to send library books back this week, 15 are outstanding – half the class.  It is important they are returned so that other children may enjoy them too. 

The children will all be given a small Easter diary to fill in with drawings and maybe some writing during the holidays.  Please keep any photos, leaflets, tickets etc. of activities, visits and days out for the children to share and talk about next term.  Remember to keep up with the Little Blue Books to ensure they don’t forget their letters and sounds during the break, they are all doing so well!

Happy Easter to you all.


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Week beginning 25-3-19

This week we continue our topic about ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and will be reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.  This story tells the life cycle of a butterfly and also teaches the days of the week.  Ask your children to tell you about the life cycle!  Puffin and Parrot classes will be sequencing patterns on a caterpillar and making some beautiful butterflies.  What is special about their wings?


On Wednesday mums are invited to our special Mother’s Day Tea with biscuits decorated by the children followed by a Stay and Play session.  Come and join in the fun.  Parent’s Consultations are this week throughout the school – thank you to all the parents who have signed up, I look forward to seeing you.



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Week beginning 18-3-19

Our topic this term is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and this week Puffin and Parrot classes will be learning about farms and farm animals.  Does your child know what a young cow is called?  We will read stories about farms including ‘Farmer Duck’ and ‘Pig in the Pond’.  If you have any farm stories at home maybe the children could bring them in to share.

Please remember to sign up for Parent Consultations in Week 5 (next week) the clip boards and appointments will be outside the classrooms every morning. 

PE will be on Friday as usual so don’t forget full kits and footwear that fits.

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Week beginning 11-3-19

This week our story it ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’.  The classes will be acting out the story outside (weather permitting!) and reciting the story as they go.  Puffin and Parrot classes will also sequence the story in order and enjoy finding out about different types of bears.

It is Science Week and the Reception classes will see some real birds of prey flying with their handlers outside, or inside if it is wet.

Friday is Red Nose Day – don’t forget to dress up in bright clothes and donate 50p to charity!

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Week beginning 4-3-19

This week our book is ‘Animal Boogie’ a story and song that the children will enjoy sharing with you!  The animals live in the jungle and so Parrot and Puffin classes will be making a jungle setting and carefully drawing the different animals.  We are also learning about solid shapes (3D shapes) and finding different examples around the school.

Thursday 7th March is World Book Day and on Friday 8th March children can dress up as an animal from their favourite animal story.

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Welcome to Spring Term 4

Week beginning 25-2-19

Welcome back to Term 4.  Our topic is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and the children will enjoy learning about different types of animals – pets, farm animals, insects and wild creatures.  This week Parrot and Puffin classes will be learning that some books give information and others tell stories.  We will find out about mini beasts, insects and bugs.  The children will go outside bug hunting to discover where they live and how many legs and wings they have (or not!)  They will make some insect homes out of salt dough.  Ask your child to tell you all about the insects they have found.

PE and library are on Friday, don’t forget your kit and please make sure footwear still fits.  Little feet grow very fast and plimsolls sometimes get forgotten.

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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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School Contact Details

Head of School Miss H Brewer

Contact Person Mrs N Poppe

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