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What we think!

Welcome to our page!


Welcome to the pupil page for Halfway Houses Primary School.

On here you will find out what we think of all the activities, ideas and developments that take place in our school community.


Talking Points


Each week we have a talking point that we debate in class assemblies. We discuss what we think about the issue or question and then we vote yes or no as to whether we agree or not. This helps us to understand that not everyone has the same opinions and that it is important to listen to the opinions of others.


Meet the Head Boys and Head Girls



A message from your Head Boy


I am Anthony and I believe that we can all be the best we can be! In this role I am hoping to raise funds for the school by starting a tuck shop for all years to have fun days out and school trips. I want to promote ROAR across the school and help all children to represent our values of resilience, optimism, ambition and responsibility whilst celebrating their achievements. 


A message from your Deputy Head Boy


I am Mason and I have some nice ideas for the school. I would like to encourage children to look after the environment and organise regular litter picks. I would like to help any children that are struggling and encourage them to speak to an adult or one of us.


A message from your Head Girl


My name is Sophie and I am Head Girl. I will be a good Head Girl because I will strive to make the school an even better place for everyone. People will be able to come to me with any questions about school.


A message from your Deputy Head Girl


I am Freya. I am Deputy Head Girl because I can help children with any problems that they have inside of school. People can come to me with any questions that they may have. 



Meet the School Parliament Ministers


Ministers for Growth Mindset.


I'm Brooklynne and I am the Parliament Minister for Growth Mindset. My goal is to encourage others to have a Growth Mindset in all lessons and never give up no matter what.


My name is Isabelle. I want to help others to have a Growth Mindset and my goal is to encourage people to be kind and helpful to everyone.



Ministers for Sport.


I am Parliament Minister for Sport and my name is Jake. I am going to make sure that  we have clubs running after school so that we can learn lots of different games and skills. I hope to inspire you so that one day you might want to take over my role as leader for sport. 


I am Lexie and I am the Parliament Minister for Sport. I will make sure that we have sports clubs and multiple events. I want to make sport fun for everyone. 


Ministers for Economy and Charities.


I am Imogen and I am the leader for economy and charities. I have this role because I want to help raise money for different charities by holding non-uniform days and other different events.


My name is Archie and I want to help the school to raise money for charity. I have really good ideas and I want to help across the school. 



Ministers for the Environment.


My name is Beau and alongside Amelia I am leader for the environment. We will do whatever we can to look after the environment around our school as we care about the future of the planet.



Ministers for Accelerated reader.


My name is Leona and I am leader of accelerated reader. I think there should be prizes for all the children who reach their target. I also want to start a reading club for children to attend.


I am Sienna and I am leader of Accelerated Reader. I would like to introduce more prizes for Accelerated Reader and help children who are struggling by doing some 1:1 interventions.



Ministers for Learning.


I am Laura and I am Parliament leader for inclusive Learning. I am happy to help everyone and you can come to me if you are struggling in any lessons. 


My name is Dottie and I am happy to help people with their learning. If you ever need help, come to me and my partner Laura and we will try our best to help you. 



Ministers for Times Tables Rockstars.


I am Mathias and I am going to help those who are less confident with TTRS to be the best that they can be. I will help them to improve their status and make learning of multiplication and division fun.


My name is William. I want to make people more confident and faster at TTRS and encourage people to play. I enjoy TTRS and I want all children to play with confidence. 




Ministers for Wellbeing.


I am Scarlett. I want to help everyone to be happy and joyful. I will bring helpful and useful ideas to the meetings. I would like to introduce a buddy bench, a thoughts box and a feelings wall. 


My name is Romy. I want to cheer people up and make them happy. I want people to have an awesome day at school having fun and making friends because that is the best part of school. 




Newsletters from your school pupil leaders

Here's what we think about our school events and activities!

TTRS World Record Challenge!


We took part in online challenge to reach a world record for times tables streamed online. We did a fun warm up and enjoyed taking part.

We liked doing the exercises with Katya.


The warm up was really good


We liked the times table song and dance for the 5 times tables.


Duckling Class

The Three Trees


We were so lucky this week to be able to watch this amazing performance by Year 3 about three little tree who had big hopes and dreams. There was so much fantastic acting and singing and it was lovely to be back together as a school!

I loved watching all the children acting and singing.


It was really good, I hope we get to do one like that


They sang really nicely and I liked their costumes too.




Year 5 Macbeth Workshops


On Wednesday, the children in Year 5 took part in some drama workshops. They enjoyed finding out about the life and work of William Shakespeare.

It was good. I liked how we got into groups and people came into the school.


So fun and interesting! All the stories and finding out about Shakespeare was interesting. 


Really amazing and funny. When he pretended to be a girl - that was funny! 




The Big Little Nativity!


Our EYFS children had a fantastic time performing in their Nativity play this week. They were all absolutely amazing!

"We liked wearing our costumes and singing and dancing on the stage"

Teddy, Gracie, Theo, George and Emily


Christmas Jumper Day


This week was Christmas jumper day. All the children and staff came to school looking really festive and there were so many colourful and jingly Christmas outfits!

"We like to wear our own clothes to school instead of school uniform"

Gwenevere and Louie

"Mine is super cool and fluffy!"


"My jumper has a matching hat"


"It's really soft and comfortable"



Halfway Houses visit the pantomime


This week all of the children went across to see a performance of Jack and the beanstalk at the Sheerness East club and they had a great time. A huge thank you to the Friends of Halfway for organising this and to Mrs Smith for the use of the hall.

"I had so much fun, they were really funny!"


"My favourite bit was when the cow came out"


"It was nice to be able to go on a school trip again because we couldn't go last year"



Halfway Houses Gardening Club


We have been extremely lucky this year having been chosen to be one of two schools in Kent to take part in the Bulbs 4 Kids campaign, a fun way for children to become acquainted with the wonders of nature. Our children are working together to plant around 400 bulbs in our Forest School and playground areas. We will then revisit the bulbs each season to document the first shoots right through to the full grown flowers. We can’t wait to see how beautiful they all look when they are in bloom in spring of next year and the children can see what their hard work and dedication has achieved!

"It's super fun and amazing because I get to use my hands to dig." George  "I’m planting things and then I get to watch them grow. The flowers will be beautiful." Melody  "I like to dig holes in the ground to put the seeds in, it’s so much fun." Bentley  "I like being outside, I do gardening at home and it makes me think of being with my Grandad." Ollie  "It gets me fresh air, I feel so happy!"



A week of celebrations!


At Halfway Houses Primary School we have been celebrating all week. This week is Anti-Bullying Week with a theme of 'one kind word' and we have been creating lots of colourful kind words to go on our new display. We have also launched our new hashtag 'we learn as one' which reminds our whole school community that everybody is equal and included. We have some new signs around the school that help us to remember this. Finally, we rounded off the week by celebrating Children in Need with the theme of 'together we can'. The children and staff made donations to come dressed in an outfit that brings them joy or that represents them as a person which we felt fitted in really well with our themes for the week.

"I'm dressed up in love and flowers because flowers make me happy"


"We're going to be comfy and cosy all day!"

Eden and Harley

"It will make me happy if I can be a teacher when I am older so I have dressed up as Mrs Martin"




Making a change!


Sophie and Henry have chosen to become lunchtime monitors to help out the midday meals staff. They were not happy with the amount of mess and rubbish that was being left behind so they decided to put a PowerPoint together for staff to show the children the mess that was being left behind. Later the same week, they were very pleased to report that they had seen a drastic improvement!

"We are so glad that the mess is now gone!"



"I am really glad that it worked because it saves us and the staff a lot of time!" 



Maths Week England


We took part in Maths Week England. We tried to do as many times tables sessions on TT Rockstars as we could across the week and managed to score an amazing 504,232 points which put us in 16th place in the whole of England! Well done everyone that took part!

"I liked that I was close to being the top Rockstar in my class and I got higher than my normal average"


" I came 4th in the whole school and I am really proud. I always try hard with my TTRS sessions"




Remembrance Day



A couple of years ago, we were contacted by the Poppy Appeal organiser for Sheerness, Halfway, Minster and Queenborough, who is also a member of the Isle of Sheppey Royal British Legion.
She told us that every year little wooden crosses are placed on the war graves in the cemetery at Halfway for remembrance by the IOS RBL. Unfortunately, due to the ages of these members it is becoming increasingly more difficult for them to complete this task themselves. She asked us if we would like to take responsibility for doing this each year and we feel that this is a very rewarding and educationally relevant experience for our children. Our Head Boy, Girl and their deputies alongside our MInisters for Charity assisted with this task this year.

"I think that it is really important that we die this, it is very respectful to the people who have died in wars"


"I think it is important that people are able to remember them"


"When people are walking by, they will see the crosses and remember them"




Rugby Tournament

Some of our Year 3 children attended a tournament in Sittingbourne. There were lots of primary schools there and they got to learn the basic skills of tag rugby and participate in a game against another school.

"I just wanted to go back out there and play again!"


"I scored a goal"


"I really liked playing against the other team"



New Laptops!

Mrs Fordyce was recently contacted by Russel from Sheppey Matters to ask how they could help to improve learning at school by providing us with any technology. This morning we took delivery of 21 new laptops, one for every class! We are so grateful for them and would like to thank all at Sheppey Matters for this amazing donation.

"These are going to be so useful in class" 


"I'm glad I got to help to collect them, this is my first role as Head Boy"


"New laptops will mean more people can access technology in class"


"We will be able to have more people using AR and TT"




Halfway Houses Mini Marathon

On Thursday and Friday, all of the children took part in a mini marathon arranged by the organisers of the London Marathon. Every child completed 2.6 miles which was mapped out on the school field. Once completed, Mr Cooper and Mr Smith will register completion with the event organisers and all children will receive an event badge.



'We loved learning about the challenges people face when they run a marathon and how much they have to train. '

Swan Class

Macmillan Coffee Mornings

On Friday 24th September we joined together to support the Macmillan charity. The children had tea parties in their classrooms and wore non uniform for a small donation. We were able to raise an amazing £688 and raise awareness about the fantastic work that they do.

We were hungry to raise money for the Macmillan charity!


I hope we have raised enough money to help them to carry on supporting children with cancer


If we give the charity money they can help people to get better





Sports Week


Sports week took place across the school every day for a whole week. The children took part in a range of activities including sports days, the daily mile, yoga, Joe Wicks PE and personal challenges. The weather wasn't always on our side but the children and adults had so much fun!

“I am going to run every race!”


“I think we should do a daily mile every day, even if it is not sports week.”


 “I am going to try to beat my score from last time in the speed jumping.”



Playground Theatre.


Today we were lucky to experience 'Playground Theatre' in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. It involved games and accessible skills based activities that use problem solving, improvisation and creative play. These were run by Theatre 31 which is a youth led programme that invites students to build communication and confidence whilst enjoying an outlet for self expression.

" It was exciting as we got to act and I love acting."


"100/100. It was fun and kept us all fit."


"It helped to build my confidence."


"I really enjoyed it because we got to be silly and creative!"


"An enjoyable change to our normal school day."



Ahoy me hearties!


Year R have been using the book "Class three all at sea" in their learning and have been having some pirate themed fun! Captain Smelly Feet set them a challenge to work out what the smells were in his stinky socks and they have been dressing up, having pirate themed food and walking the plank!

"I'm dressed up in my boat!"


"We don't want to join Captain Smelly Feet's crew because he is too stinky!"

Zac and Flossy

"My name is Pirate Kelsey"




Science Gilt award.


We recently received confirmation that we have earned our science Gilt award in recognition of the amazing science that has happened across the school and throughout lockdown. Bethany, our Minister for learning said "I enjoyed doing science work still whilst I was at home, I am glad we have earned this award because science at our school is really fun!"


The oyster catchers

The oyster catchers have been very noisy lately so we knew that their chicks had probably hatched. Yesterday one of the chicks was found on the school field having parachuted down from the nest. Mrs Noble rang Swampy's wildlife rescue who advised us to leave it alone and stay away from the area as the parents will be feeding it and looking after it until it is ready to fly.

"The baby was in the grass and it was grey."


"The mummy bird was looking after it, she was squawking!"


"Its dad was hunting for food. They were being noisy so that the baby could see and hear them"



The chickens have arrived!


Last week we received our first 6 chickens to join our school community and we are so excited as we have been waiting a long time for them. We are letting them settle in to their new home but will be going out to visit them soon. We have already collected quite a few eggs!

"I am glad we got the chickens because they look cosy now and have a really nice new home"


"They're really nice and friendly and they don't try to nibble you!"


" I want to learn more about them and help to look after them"


"I think that they add something cool and different to our school environment"



Seeds of hope.


We wanted to do something special to celebrate new hope as we returned to school as we hope that we can all go back to normal and continue to grow and change together. Every class was given a planter and could choose some flowers to plant in them. These have been put out of the front of the school and have really brightened up the driveway.


Minister for the environment Dior says "We have been out to water them every playtime if it hasn't rained as we want to make sure that they last a long time." 

Lyra says " I think the plants are a really good idea as they make the front of the school look really pretty for parents and visitors."


New Year 6 area


Our new area is now open for the Year 6 children to use at breaktime and lunchtimes. The children have been asking for new equipment to use and they now have a lovely new hut to sit in to read or chat and exercise equipment to help to use up that extra energy and help them to keep fit and active.

"We've been watching the Year R children playing on their equipment for ages  and wanted something that we could use. This has really upscaled our equipment"

Bradley, Minister for Sport

"We like the equipment as it has alleviated our boredom. It has made lunchtimes more exciting"

Florence and Isabella

"It's nice that we have something sporty to do at break time now. It gives us something to do."



Royal Mail Stamp Competition

We have all been busy designing stamps for a really exciting competition. The Royal Mail are producing a new set of stamps to commemorate and say thank you to the heroes of the pandemic. We were asked to think about who our heroes were and draw a design to recognise them. We hope to win some of the lovely prizes on offer but wouldn't it be amazing if one of our designs actually ended up being used on a stamp!

"I chose the NHS for my stamp because they saved loads of lives"


"I chose my mum because she's been working really hard as a nurse"


"I chose my dad because he has been working nights and delivering to people"


"I chose police officers because they always work so hard"


"I chose teachers because they helped us so much when we weren't able to come to school"



Bird boxes


We have some lovely new bird boxes in our forest school which have been made by Mrs Fordyce's very clever Dad. We're hoping to see them being used by the local wildlife very soon!

"It's good that they are up nice and high because we don't want foxes and other animals to get them"


"I think they're camouflaged so that just the birds can see their nests"


"They're really good. We need to watch them to see if any birds go in"



The very hungry caterpillars!


There are some new additions to our Year R classes. They have been reading and learning about 'The very hungry caterpillar' and they have some real live caterpillars in their classrooms. They are waiting for them to grow and then they will put them in to the butterfly garden outside.

"There are three at the top and two at the bottom and there are five altogether"


"I think they are going to turn in to butterflies"



Virtual Parliament


Our Year 6 Parliament Ministers had a great morning meeting with Gordon Henderson and having a virtual tour. They found out lots about how democracy works and who makes decisions.

"We found out lots about how Parliament works and we got some good ideas to help us in our roles"

School Parliament


NSPCC Rocks!


Friday 7th May was Number Day. We dressed up in number themed outfits and took part in a National Rockstar maths competition.

"It was really fun. I enjoyed learning about different maths and the competition."


"I liked wearing different clothes to school"


"I loved the tournament because I like doing Rockstar Maths"


"I liked being able to wear my own clothes"


Get in Touch

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

  • 01795 662875