Why Choose High Halstow Primary Academy?

Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to welcome you to High Halstow Primary Academy. Please use this page to take a virtual tour of our academy!

We are a one-form entry academy in the village of High Halstow on the Hoo Peninsula with the most wonderful children and families. We pride ourselves on providing high quality learning opportunities so our children can achieve their very best in a community where all of the staff get to know all of the pupils really well. Our priority is ensuring we have a safe and fun place to learn and develop. We are fortunate to have amazing school grounds to further enhance the curriculum.  There is something very special about being a part of High Halstow Primary Academy; everybody who walks through the academy senses the amazing atmosphere and the buzz of learning.

We hope this page provides you with a sense of what being a member of our academy is like. If you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank you for your interest in High Halstow Primary Academy.

Mrs G Stangroom | Principal

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Welcome to High Halstow Primary Academy

High Halstow is a one form entry village school with just over 200 pupils. The academy has fantastic views and quiet surroundings, except from the sheep and goats that can occasionally be heard from our surrounding fields! In January 2018, we received a ‘Good’ judgement from Ofsted.

The school is merged with The Leigh Academies Trust, which provides outstanding opportunities for staff to develop and to work collaboratively. This supports teachers to offer high quality teaching and learning opportunities to all children.

Welcome to Grasshopper Class

Grasshopper Class is our Reception Class at High Halstow Primary Academy.

The classroom is always busy but in a structured and engaging way. To the outside eye, it can look like chaos, but we can assure you there is a huge amount of learning going on. The hustle and bustle are a true sign that there are engaging inquiries, excitement, awe and wonderment happening within, not just within these four walls, but the vast outside space as well.

There are a variety of areas within the classroom that provide children with the tools to inquire and apply skills independently as the year progresses.

The most popular area of the classroom is the home corner. The home corner contains a variety of resources, such as baking tins, wooden spoons, saucepans, and china cups.

The idea is that children see the value in the resources provided.  We are limiting our plastic toys to allow children to understand the wonder of real life items- how they may break if dropped, and how to play with care in mind. We are trying to create as many real life experiences to help aid roleplay and imagination stories. There are also some very fabulous hats and dressing up outfits to promote independent dressing skills.

The classroom is being continuously developed to meet the needs of all children. Currently, there is a self service playdough station, where children are encouraged to make their own playdough – this is to really develop fine motor skills, ready for writing. There is a construction area which is full of natural resources such as wooden discs and pine cones to help develop natural curiosity and spark imagination in play. We aim to promote children guiding and encouraging their own learning through curiosity.

There is a vast outside area, containing large wooden blocks, which are great for making stages, cars and boats. Children can choose to explore our woodland area, a great place for discovering creepy crawlies as well as our stage area which is great for making lots of noise using the musical instruments!  Children can keep wellies in school, put on a waterproof and develop their creative and imaginative skills in the mud kitchen too!

Learning in Grasshopper Class

High Halstow Primary Academy promotes the PYP style of learning. Each term, we look at a transdisciplinary theme.  This is the basis for our inquiry learning.  As a class, we will determine some inquiry questions to help focus learning. These questions will help develop our curiosity and interests to help us look at the wider world.

We provide a transition period in September, which really helps build up confidence and routine in the classroom in a staggered way. After children are settled in school, direct carpet lessons will be slowly introduced. They will be around 15 -20 minutes long.  Little Grasshoppers do not like to sit for very long! Inquiry learning is linked with literacy and will help to develop a knowledge of stories, how to retell them and this will support the progression of literacy and communication skills.

Phonics is the next taught lesson of the day. This is how children learn to read and write. Children will learn a sound a day, and once they know and can remember some sounds, they will be able to blend them together to read! Our classroom is full of activities to help develop gross motor skills (big movements) and fine motor skills (small movements). These will help develop the children as they get ready for writing.

As Maths skills are introduced, we spend a long time looking at numbers 1-5, using the Numberblocks to help us! Counting is not just remembering how to say the numbers in order, but counting one by one using a variety of techniques.

Around these lessons, children get to use the inside and outside environment where they will be encouraged to apply these skills independently through child initiated time.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a Breakfast Club, which opens at 8am every school day. You can register your interest at the office. 

There are a range of after-school clubs dependent on the time of year and age of pupils. We have outside agencies run Football, Gymnastics, Yoga and Spanish Club. Clubs do change from year-to-year. Clubs run by the academy staff normally finish at 4:15pm. We currently have an after-school club for child-care needs run externally in our Art Studio and outside spaces every Monday-Thursday until 5:15pm.

The school day starts at 8.40am and finishes at 3.15pm. During the day there is a morning playtime lasting 15 minutes, and an hour for lunchtime. The day is structured around Inquiry based learning, with Maths and Phonics (in EYFS and KS1) usually taught discretely. We have assemblies daily and we try to walk or run the daily mile at some point in our day! 

Children wear a red jumper or cardigan with the school logo on, with grey trousers/shorts/skirts/pinafore dresses. Black shoes and a white shirt with a tie are also part of the uniform. Children are expected to have the school book bag or rucksack, and also a PE bag with all the items needed for PE including footwear, black shorts/jogging bottoms and their house team coloured t-shirt.  Uniformbase in Chatham are our uniform providers.

In school we have 4 house teams. They are Herons (green), Lapwings (yellow), Redshanks (red) and Skylarks (blue). This team will determine what colour PE t-shirt your child will wear. Children are encouraged to earn house points for their team, and a weekly total is announced in a Celebration assembly. These teams are also how our sporting events are organised, including our very popular sports days. 

Over the academic year, we invite you into school for open classroom events and a class assembly. Each year group  has the opportunity to showcase their learning to their parents/carers in this way. 

At Christmas, KS1 usually performs a Nativity to parents and KS2 leads a Carol Service to their adults. 

The PTA also arranges a Christmas Fayre and various other sales to help fund purchases in the school. The PTA have recently  managed to raise funds to buy a class set of iPads, our trim trail and even an outside classroom!

COVID-19 restrictions may impact on the opportunities for parents/carers to come into the academy, but the information reflects our normal practice. 

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