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Sunny Bank Primary School

Halfway HousesPrimary School

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Teachers: Miss Michel, Mrs Peters and Mrs Noble

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Gammon, Ms Kingsley, Mrs Hopper, Mrs Simmons, Mrs Kelynack, Miss Chisholm


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum comprises of three prime and four specific areas of learning. 


The prime areas of learning are:


1.     communication and language

2.     physical development

3.     personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

1.     literacy

2.     mathematics

3.     understanding the world

4.     expressive arts and design

There are three characteristics of effective learning, which are:

1.     playing and exploring

2.     active learning

3.     creating and thinking critically


In the EYFS children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative thinking.  It is very important that children develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing and independence, which help them greatly in the next stages of their learning. During the day the children will be taught through adult guided activities and child initiated learning opportunities. The curriculum is taught both indoors and outdoors. 


Adults have a crucial role in stimulating and supporting children to reach beyond their current limits.  At Halfway Houses Primary School every child is valued for their uniqueness and children’s progress is recorded through observations, focused questioning, photographs and examples of children's work. These are used to make informed decisions about the child's progress and plan next steps to meet their learning and development needs.  We use the following document, Development Matters, to help guide and support us throughout the year.

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  • Halfway Houses Primary SchoolDanley Road, Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey,Kent, ME12 3AP

  • 01795 662875