Sheerness West Federation


Year Three Swans

Week beginning 26-6-17

This week Swan class are newspaper reporters, asking all the questions they need to write a great newspaper report about animals escaping from the zoo.  How would you feel if a lion sat next to you on the subway….? Ask the children!

Maths is all about 2-step problem solving and knowing which operations to use to find the correct answer.

Linked to our ‘Madagascar’ topic the children are creating some beautiful water colour pictures of an African sunset with silhouettes of animals and trees.  In science we are learning to be safe in the sun.  We all need sunlight but we also need to know how to protect ourselves, especially at this time of year.  Don’t forget the sun screen and the sunglasses!


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Week beginning 19-6-17

Week 3 and a new English task based on ‘Madagascar’.  This time children will be finding out what makes an exciting newspaper article.  Our report will be about the animals’ escape from the zoo.

In maths Swan Class are finding fractions of amounts, for example 1/4 of 36.  Can you find 1/3 of 35?  Explain your answer….yes or no?

Our topic sessions are very practical because it is time to use the zoo plans from last week and make some 3D zoos.  Don’t forget the gift shop!

If the sun shines we can continue investigating shadows and what happens to them during the day.

PE is on Monday and Friday – children will need outdoor footwear please.

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Should animals be kept in zoos?

Read these amazing extracts from some of our reports, what do you think?

“Many people believe that animals should be kept in zoos but some people think they should be free.  I will be discussing the good and bad points.”      Annie Bryenton

“There is no doubt that if the animals are in the wild they won’t have anyone to look after them and they might become extinct.  Many people believe animals are more safe in a zoo because they will have people to look after them.”    Shyla Ryder

“Some people think that animals should be in the wild so they get more space and know how to hunt.  Many people believe that they shouldn’t be in the zoo because they will get bored.  If animals are in the zoo they won’t get experience of the wild.”    Albert Howlett

“This discussion has shown that animals should live in the wild but also they are safer in the zoo.  What is your opinion?”   Lilian Claringbold

We voted and the result was 14 children thought animals should live in zoos, 13 children thought animals should live in the wild and 1 could not decide.



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Week beginning 12.6.17

This week Swan Class are continuing their discussion ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?  Ask your child what they believe and why.  We will be writing discussion reports in English after sharing views and thoughts together.

In Maths the children are learning to measure the perimeters of shapes and will link this to measuring scaled enclosures on their own zoo plans.  They will also know the difference between  parallel lines and perpendicular lines!

The film of Madagascar has inspired the class to find out about the real island and we will be identifying human and physical features.  Would you like to visit this amazing place?  Ask your child what is special about it.

PE kits on Monday and Friday please!

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Welcome back! Week beginning 6.6.17.

In Term 6 Swan Class are going to the movies!  We are using ‘Madagascar’ as our English text and as an inspiration for art work.

Children will also be using globes, atlases and the internet to find out about the real island and its inhabitants.  Did you know Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world?

Our science topic is ‘Light’ and hopefully the sun will shine so that we can investigate how shadows are formed and if they change shape or size.

PE continues to be on a Monday and a Friday.  Please make sure your child has footwear that fits comfortably because they will be outside this term.  Earrings must be removed before school unless children can do this themselves.

Remember contact books and reading books on Tuesday ready for the new term.

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Week beginning 22.5.17.

The last week of Term 5 already!  We will continue reading ‘Black Queen’ by Michael Morpugo and use some of the features to write our own alternative endings.  Did you know short sentences can add to the suspense?

Children will continue practising telling the time, including using a 24 hour clock and Roman Numerals.

Hopefully the weather will be dry on Thursday for the combined Sports Day activities with West Minster’s Year 3 classes.  Don’t forget class photos on Tuesday too.  Bring your best smiles!

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Week beginning 15.5.17.

This week Swan Class start an exciting new story called ‘Black Queen’ by Michael Morpurgo.  It is an exciting mystery and the children will be identifying the characters and key features of the setting before predicting what might happen next….!

Our maths lessons are all about time, counting around the clock face in intervals of 5 minutes and comparing how long things take to do.

We will be checking on the progress of our science investigation too, what has happened to the seeds we put in the fridge and in a dark box?  Will the seeds on cotton wool grow as well as the seeds in soil?  Can seeds germinate without water?  Remember to ask your children!

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Shared Writing

This week Year 1 & Year 3 have been writing poetry.  This afternoon Robins class and Swan class got together in the hall to share their poems with each other. The children wrote some wonderful poetry, well done to both classes.


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Extreme Reading

Are you up for a little challenge?  If so please open the link to find out more.


Extreme Reading Challenge

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Mrs Monticelli’s Marvellous Medicine

Today Mrs Monticelli conducted a fantastic science experiment outside for our assembly. It involved a bottle of Pepsi and Mentos mints, have a look at what happened to her and her helpers 🙂 …

Science 1 Science 2

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Week beginning 8.5.17.

This week in science the children will be investigating how seeds grow and develop in different conditions.  Sunflower seeds will be planted and then placed in different situations. We need to find out what happens if we take away the light, warmth, nutrients and water.

Maths is about recording information in a scaled pictogram or bar chart and then asking and answering questions about it.

In English the theme is poets and poetry.  Who is your favourite and why?  Which poems make you laugh or feel sad?  Some famous children’s authors write poetry too – Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and A A Milne, for example.

Remember PE kits must be in school on a Monday and a Friday and don’t forget Week 4 spellings!

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Week beginning 3.5.17.

Just 3 days this week!

Maths will be all about lines…vertical lines, horizontal lines, parallel lines and perpendicular lines…. how many can you find around your house and garden?

After our visit to The Fleet last week children will be writing some persuasive letters because they were disappointed to find rubbish in the water where the new baby ducklings were swimming.

Remember spellings for Friday please.

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Week beginning 24-4-17

This week Swan Class will be walking around the local area to discover what might be living in it and how to care for the environment.  With all the trees and flowers bursting into growth it is also a good opportunity to link our science lessons.

In science we are finding out about flowers and why a plant needs them.  Do all plants have flowers?

Our maths lessons continue to solve multiplication and division problems so keep practising the times tables!

PE and games are on a Monday and Friday, remember to remove earrings please.

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Welcome Back! Week beginning 18.4.17.

Welcome back to the Summer Term in Swan Class.

Our topic is ‘Horrid Henry’ and we will be learning about Henry VIII and his interesting family.  Why did he have so many wives and what happened to them?  Children will be linking their English and history lessons to write reports about events like the Battle of Bosworth and to write letters to a Tudor ‘friend’.

This term Swan Class will find out about two well known children’s  authors and read  some of their stories and poems – Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo.  Children may like to find more work by these authors in Sheerness Library or maybe they have copies at home to read.

Science continues from Term 4 and the class will be carrying out further investigations to find out what a plant needs to be healthy and comparing the different ways they disperse their seeds.

PE and games are on a Monday and Friday so please ensure children have a full kit, including outdoor footwear, in school every week.

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Week beginning 27-3-17

One more week to go until a well earned rest children!  This week Swan Class will finish their amazing leaflets to persuade each other to visit countries in Europe.  Which country will get the most votes – Spain, France or Italy?

We will fit in another look at the beech hedge the children are observing.  On the first visit the branches had small brown buds on them and last week……tiny bright green leaves had appeared!

Later in the week all the children will be enjoying a Cultural Day ‘visiting’ different countries around the world and on Friday it is the Easter Bonnet Parade.  Don’t forget to bring in all the things you need to make a great Easter creation.


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Visit to Sheerness Age Concern

We had a  great time on Tuesday visiting Sheerness Age Concern.  Swan Class took lots of Easter activities, colouring crayons glue and scissors to share with the people there.  The children wanted to talk about Easter and find out if Easter eggs had changed or not.  They coloured eggs, made cute paper chicks and completed word searches together.  Everyone enjoyed the afternoon, well done!

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Reasoning in maths.

An important part of understanding maths is for the children to be able to explain how they solved a problem.  A group of 4 children were each given a number card and had to order themselves from smallest to largest.  This is how they explained their task…..

Ellie May – “The others have hundreds and thousands, I don’t.”

Cerys – “I looked at the hundreds first and I have less than Kyle but Ellie only has tens so my number is next.”

Kyle -“Cerys has hundreds too but mine is plus another hundred.  Albert has thousands, that’s higher.”

Albert – “Everyone else has hundreds and tens.  I have thousands, thousands are higher because they have four digits.”

…..and that is how they did it.  Well done!

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Week beginning 20.3.17.

Where would you like to go on holiday?  This week Swan class are creating there own holiday leaflets to persuade you to take a break!  Would you like to go to France, Italy or Spain.  Look out for some examples next week.

Our maths lessons will involve finding fractions of shapes and amounts, counting in tenths from zero and recognising equivalent fractions.  If you have pizza at home this week try sharing it out together.

In science the children are going to investigate the function of leaves on a green plant and find out if they need sunlight to stay healthy.  By covering some leaves with foil or black paper for 2 weeks  we will see what happens when light cannot reach them.

Don’t forget PE kits on Mondays and Fridays please.

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Week beginning 13.3.17.

This week we are starting a new writing task in Swan Class.  Children will be creating a persuasive leaflet  using their research from the topic ‘Happy Holidays’.  First they will identify the key features to find out what makes a really informative leaflet.

Maths will involve containers and water this week!  Children will be learning to measure in litres and millilitres, estimating, comparing and reading scales.

In science we will continue learning about the functions of the different parts of a plant – this week the leaves.  Do you know how plants make their food?

Parent Consultation meetings are this week too – don’t forget to sign up for an appointment.

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Week beginning 6.3.17.

This week Swan Class will be finishing there own Secret Garden stories and using inverted commas in their writing.  Some very exciting characters have been created but what will they say to each other?

In Maths children will be using their adding and subtracting skills to solve calculations involving money and learning to check their change.  How many different ways can you make 50p?

Our topic is taking us to France where the class will find out about the capital city, the French flag, famous buildings, the currency and other interesting facts.  Have you been to France?  Learn a few useful words and enjoy a French breakfast this week in Swan Class!

Tuesday is our last swimming lesson so be ready to show your swimming teacher all the things you have learnt when she assesses you.

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School Contact Details

Head Teacher Miss Hazel Brewer

Contact Person Nicky 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  8.45am – 11.45,     12.30pm – 3.30pm