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Welcome to Houghton Primary School
Our school was visited by Ofsted on 30th November 2017. Click here for more information.
Our KS2 after school 'Outdoor Environment Club' started this week. The children had a wonderful time in the woodland, creating some fabulous art work.
9th February 2018: Our sponsored READATHON is well under way. We are participating in a month of extra reading activities, recording the number of minutes we are reading (or being read to, or listening to audio books etc) every day at school and at home. At the end of this month we will add up the total number of minutes for the month. There are prizes for each class and each Key Stage. We hope that people will sponsor the children to taking part, aiming to put every penny into buying new books and reading resources for the school. In the first week of engaging in the Readathon we have seen the number of words read and quizzed on in Key Stage 2 leap to nearly 3 million! Scroll down for more details.
Children in in Key Stage 2 have been pairing up with reading buddies from Key Stage 1 as part of their Readathon work in school this week. Check out class pages for more photos.
26th January 2018: We were delighted to be invited to the Goethe Institut in London to join them for the day in recognition of our teaching and learning in German. The Goethe Institut have made us 'ambassadors' of teaching and learning German in the UK and gave us the opportunity to meet with the children of two other schools in the country who have also been recognised. Thank you to Mrs Culpin, our languages lead teacher, and to Mrs Davison and Mrs Garrick for taking the children by train to London to take part in the celebration.
19th January 2018: County Football Champions for the second year running!
Class newsletters for the Spring term 2018, providing an overview of the curriculum for the term, are available to download on each class webpage.
News - See school Facebook Page for more information... scroll down to bottom of page for 'live link'
Updated Friday 9th February 2018
We are a 'Reading School'
Last year (2016-17) we read and quizzed on 78,950,254 words read and quizzed on, averaging 26.3 million words per term. This was an amazing achievement which we hope to top this year.
Nearly 3 million words read and quizzed on again this week... 2,951,273 words! This takes our total from the beginning of the school year to 39,997,031 words. Nearly 40 million words in half a school year... our best ever achievement on Accelerated Reader!
That's amazing when we consider that the total words that we read in a WHOLE YEAR in our first year on the Accelerated Reader programme 5 years ago was 20 million words!
Engaged Reading Time
We aim for a minimum of 20 minutes a day average 'engaged reading time'.
We provide every child with this much time to read in school each day. We ask that children also read at home as part of their home learning.
This week's statistics:
|Year Group||Average Engaged Reading Time*|
|Year 2||Will start AR after Christmas|
|Year 3||46 minutes per day|
|Year 4||34 minutes per day|
|Year 5||32 minutes per day|
|Year 6||35 minutes per day|
* This is an average of the class.
This year each class has consistently achieved an average engaged reading time in excess of 20 minutes a day. This reflects how much the vast majority of our children love reading. We know that children who have an engaged reading time of over 20 minutes a day are the children who do really well across the curriculum.
Statistics from Accelerated Reader
Updated: Friday 23rd February
Well done to Lords for earning the most House Points this week.
This week's points
Total points this school year
Winners of the GOLD Award in the national School Games Mark 2015/16 and 2016/17 for curriculum and extra-curricular sport.
Finalists in the 'Living Sports Sport Awards' 2016
County Champions in the ESFA World Cup football competition March 2017
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Comments from our most recent parent survey (2016)...
"We are delighted with how well our child has settled into school and how well she is progressing. She clearly enjoys her time spent at school."
"Houghton is a friendly school that encourages learning alongside very positive and responsible personal values. It’s a great mix and the result is a buzzing school."
"I think that the schools strength is that it knows each child so well. This is from a character/personality perspective and an academic one. Because you know each child so well it means you can deal with issues in a way that suits each child. This is so valuable."
"The school has a warm, supportive ethos and all members of staff are approachable. The teachers care about the welfare of the children and encourage them to achieve their potential."
"I love that Houghton makes use of it’s beautiful surroundings for learning, something my child has found invaluable."
"A great school that works very hard at putting the children first in all areas of teaching and well-being."
"I would have been very happy with this school had my child had standard learning abilities, however as he has SEN I have found myself relieved that he has a place in a school that shows commitment to helping him succeed."
"I love that Houghton is a village primary school. It has close links with the local community and also has a close community feel within the school. The teachers and children know everyone and are encouraged to look after each other."
"I think Houghton is a fantastic school and feel very privileged to be able to send my children there."
"A good school with friendly professional staff instilling good values and morals."
"We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school in our location."
"Parents views and opinions matter. Children are at the centre of the school ethos"
"The positivity, good feeling and can do attitude of the school. Very pleased with the level of outdoor activities, engaging pupils physically as well as mentally. Great teaching."