Sheerness West Federation

Year Five Penguins

Week 3

This week in Penguin class for literacy we have written about a battle scene between Beowulf and Grendel using verbs and adverbs along with suspense to keep the readers on the edge of their seat.
In maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000s

Spellings this week for our spelling bee on Friday 21st are..


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Minster Abbey

Viking Warriors

This week Penguin class visited Minster Abbey along with year 5s from West Minster primary to learn more about our topic-The Vikings. We acted out a Viking dance routine, learnt how the Vikings used the Isle of Sheppey all them years ago and listened to many historical stories about the Viking times (over 1000 years ago).

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Our first week back.

It has been an exciting first week back after the summer holidays. This week in literacy we have started to read Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo, we are describing and comparing characters using antonyms and expanded noun phrases.

In maths we are learning about place value and being able to order numbers up to 10,000.

A great start to what will be a brilliant year.

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Welcome to Penguin Class

Miss Robinson and I (Miss Jull) have enjoyed our two weeks getting to know our new class. We have had lots of fun and activity and we have learnt a lot about each other.
The children are all ready to enjoy the summer break and we look forward to welcoming them all back into year 5 in September.

Enjoy the summer fun!

Miss Jull & Miss Robinson

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Next Week – W/C 02.07.18

English – In English we will be writing a newspaper report about the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Maths – In Maths we will be doing Active Maths and consolidating our learning on topics such as: addition, subtraction and reflection. 

Science – Our Science lesson will involve studying water resistance and looking out how it affects different objects. 

Topic/Design and Technology – In Topic/DT we will be constructing our Titanic models in our groups, using recycled materials.


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Perfect Parachutes!

Today in Science we were investigating air resistance. As a class we discussed our independent, dependent and controlled variables. After this, split into groups and each made a parachute from different materials. We then dropped them from the same height each time and timed how long it took them to land on the ground. The slowest parachute would be the most perfect, as it would create the most air resistance. The best parachute was made by Group 2 who used thin string and a blue paper towel!

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RNLI Visit

This afternoon the children had a visit from the RNLI. They learnt all about how to stay safe at the beach this summer, some even had a go at being a life guard! πŸ™‚

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Mosaics with Oliver Budd

This week we have worked with artist Oliver Bud to create a mural about the Isle of Sheppey. We designed our logo based on rare birds at Elmley Nature Reserve, we used the ceramic pieces to create the mosaic together piece by piece. We hope you’ll agree that it looks amazing! πŸ™‚

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Angle Loop Cards

Today in maths we had to find the missing angles in a right angle and on a straight line. We went outside and we were given a card, on the card was a number and a missing angle. We had to find the answer and put them in the correct order.

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Next Week – W/C 25.06.18

English – In English we will be continuing to edit, improve and write our formal letters as passengers.

Maths – In Maths we will be studying reflection and translation. 

Science – Our Science lesson will involve studying air resistance and looking out how it affects different objects. 

Topic – In topic we will be learning about the sinking of the Titanic. Following on from this, we will be discussing and debating who we think is responsible for the sinking of the Titanic. 

Design and Technology – Once we have completed our designs, we will hopefully begin to construct our Titanic models in our groups, using recycled materials.


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History Detectives

Today in Topic we were studying historical sources from the Edwardian period. After this, we then spent time discussing the similarities and differences between Edwardian times and present day. We did our learning outside to make the most of the beautiful sunshine πŸ™‚



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Next Week – W/C 19.06.18

English – In English we will be writing formal letters as passengers explaining our reasons for boarding the Titanic, our time aboard the ocean liner and a final farewell.

Maths – In Maths we will be studying angles. We will revising how to use protractors, drawing angles and calculating missing angles.

Science – Our Science lesson this week will be about gravity and we will be measuring the mass and weight of different objects using scientific experiment. 

Topic – In Topic we will be comparing the Edwardian Era to present day using a range of historic sources. 

Design and Technology – We will be working in groups to design our Titanic models, we will be thinking about the materials we will be using and how we are going to construct it.

Art – This week we will be working with local artist Oliver Budd to create the Rose Street mosaic mural. 

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Sports Day!

Congratulations to Penguin Class for winning the Year 5 SWF Sports Day! I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of the parents and grandparents that came and supported all of the children today. It made the day even more special for them and was very much appreciated! πŸ™‚


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Next Week – W/C 11/06/18

English – In English we will be writing instructions about how to survive the Titanic.

Maths – In Maths next week we will adding and subtracting crossing the whole, with the same and different number of decimals.

Science – In our Science lesson we are looking at unbalanced and balanced forces. 

PSHE – We will be discussing the Value of the Month which is CARING.

Sports Day – Tuesday 12th June we will be having our Sports Day in the morning… A letter will follow soon πŸ™‚


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Hook Day – The Titanic

As part of our Hook Day for our Term 6 topic β€˜The Titanic’, we came to school dressed as passengers from the ocean-liner. We then boarded the Titanic with our boarding passes and we made our way to the hall to take part in lots of activities.




Table 1: On this table we had to organise the different belongings that would belong to the various classes. We looked at items such as expensive paintings, jewellery, tobacco boxes and work boots. We had to justify our reasons as to why we thought a certain item belonged to a particular class.


Table 2: This activity involved studying the cross section of the ship, and looking at where certain rooms were located and why. We were each provided with an information pack about these sections, and we had to work out what class used it and an interesting fact about each area.

Table 3: At this table we learnt about the cost of a ticket to board the ship. We also used the iPads to research famous passengers and find out whether they had survived or died.

Table 4: For the fourth activity we learnt about the different menus for each class. We looked at the differences, but also any similarities that they shared.In addition to this, we discussed how we would feel if we had to eat a menu for a certain class.

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Term 6 – Homework Grid

Please find below the Homework Grid for Term 6 πŸ™‚

Home Learning – The Titanic T6

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Welcome Back!

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to Term 6!

This term our topic is β€˜The Titanic’ in which the children will be learning about the history of the β€œunsinkable” ship and the passengers on board.

English – In English our purpose for writing will be to inform. During this term we will be writing a set of instructions about how to survive on the titanic, a formal farewell letter about our reasons for boarding the ship and a newspaper article about the sinking. 

Maths – The range of units we will be looking at in Maths this term are: decimals, properties of angles, reflection, translation, converting units and volume. 

Science – This term our Science unit will be β€˜Forces’, within this we will be learning about the different forces and the famous scientists that developed this area of science.

Design and Technology – In DT this term we will be making our very own mechanisms to reconstruct the Titanic striking an iceberg.

The children have made fantastic progress in their reading so far and we want to keep this up! We will check reading and contact books every day to ensure they are reading at home.

Spelling tests will continue to be every Tuesday and I will continue to send home new spellings each week. As well as this, please make sure the children have their PE kits every Thursday.

If you have any questions or queries please make an appointment with the office.

Miss Carter πŸ™‚

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In English we have been writing kennings inspired by jungle animals. Here are some of them, see if you can guess the animal!


A banana eater

A fierce king 

A chest pounder 

A sun bather

A rapid climber

A clever beast

A leaf eater

An ant eater

An anxious beast

What am I?


An infant maker

A dangerous troop 

A prey hunter

A meat eater

A great fighter

A rapid destroyer

A loud growler 

A strong animal

A blood dripper

What am I?


A ground shaker 

A leaf eater

A vegetation crusher

A grass muncher 

A leaf licker

A loud muncher

A tooth fighter

A good listener

A water sprayer

A strong stomper 

A strong swiper

What am I?


A meat eater

A deer muncher 

An evil predator

A sun lover

A sun bather

A cub father

A golden colour

A pride leader

A brave hunter

A blood drinker 

A mane grower 

A prey eater

What am I?

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Next Week – W/C 21/05/18

English – In English we will be finishing our diary entries as animals. After this, we will then be writing a short kenning about a jungle animal of our choice. 

Maths – Next week in maths we will be having a revision week. We will be looking back over our test papers and discussing what went well and what didn’t. We will also be looking at the best way to answer the questions, which is great practice for next week. We are brilliant at maths and this will hopefully make us more confident πŸ™‚

Topic – In Topic we will be discussing climate change and how, we as humans, can help our planet. 

Science – We will be conducting research about Elmley Nature Reserve and what rare birds we are able to find there. This is our theme for our section of the mosaic and we want a better understanding of our local area πŸ™‚

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Royal Wedding

To celebrate the Royal Wedding we created some regal wedding cake and royal plates to commemorate the ceremony. We had a lovely day and really enjoyed designing them πŸ™‚

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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: Β 8.50am – 3.20pm

Infants: Β 8.50am – 3.15pm

Nursery Β 8.30am – 11.30, Β  Β  12.00pm – 3.00pm