Houghton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
|Please note that, during periods when the school is closed, including weekends, anyone with Child Protection concerns should contact Cambridgeshire Social Care directly, contact numbers are available here. However if you feel a young person is in immediate danger the police should be contacted.|
Always...Working hard to achieve our best...
Welcome to Houghton Primary School
Is your child starting school in September 2020? Applications need to be completed online on the county Admissions website by 15th January 2020. We are now taking bookings for group tours of the school on the following dates at 9.30am: 17th October, 31st October, 7th November or 28th November. Please give the school office a call to book an appointment.
8th November 2019
It was lovely to see so many parents and carers at Parents Evening this week. The hall was buzzing on Monday and Thursday evenings. Thank you to everyone who supported the 'pop up' book stall - we will let you know how much commission was earned during the evenings.
We have sent out information and booking details for all our festive arrangements in December. Please book seats for all the performances and for children's Christmas Lunch using our online booking system.
Thank you to parents and carers who have begun to support our collection for the Godmanchester and St Ives Food Banks. The first collection will be taken on Friday 29th November. The collection basket is in the office lobby area. Cereal, Soup, Pasta, Rice, Tinned tomatoes, Pasta sauce, Lentils/Beans, Tinned meat, Tinned vegetables, Tea/Coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT milk, Fruit juice and Crisps.
Next week, week beginning 11th November 2019, is national Anti-Bullying Week. This year we will be focusing on kindness through the whole week, taking the theme of 'Be Kind'. Each class will be thinking and acting on this focus, including 'random acts of kindness'.
Updated 8th November 2019
We are a 'Reading School'
In 2018-19 the children in Years 2 - 6 read and quizzed on an amazing
Amazing when we consider that the total words that we read in a WHOLE YEAR in our first year on the Accelerated Reader programme 6 years ago was 20 million words!
Latest Word Count: 8th November 2019
Current word count since the beginning of term: 16,897,176 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.
The average engaged reading time per day is incredible at the moment!
We aim for 20 minutes per day... look at these statistics:
|Year Group||Average Engaged Reading Time per day*|
|Year 3||36 minutes per day|
|Year 4||36 minutes per day|
|Year 5||43 minutes per day|
|Year 6||39 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.
Millionaire Readers 2019-20
11th October 2019: Well done to Raffy - our first millionaire reader of this academic year!
Updated: Friday 8th November
Well done to Lords and Tickenham for earning the most house points this week.
This week's points
Total points this term
Winners of the GOLD Award in the national School Games Mark 2015/16 , 2016/17 , 2017/18 and 2018/19 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
Winners of the National Flag Championship 2019
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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."