24th July 2018
Mrs Stovold and I would like to say 'Thank you' for all of your kind words and gifts…the beautiful Kingfisher you gave me really sums up a wonderful year in our class. I’m very touched by the thoughts and kind sentiments that have come my way over recent days. The last two terms have flown by and I feel slightly ‘short-changed’ to be handing on Kingfishers so soon but they will make fantastic Year 3s and are so ready for the challenges that Key Stage 2 will offer them. Our current Kingfishers are a special bunch and have really helped me to love teaching again after an unexpected and challenging year out of the classroom. I hope you all have a lovely restful Summer!
Kingfishers' Class are our Year 2 group. They are taught by Mrs Grant. They are assisted by Mrs Stovold.
Well done Kingfishers for a fantastic assembly performance on Friday, we hope that our audience enjoyed the show too....thanks for coming along! Mrs Stovold and I were extremely proud of our little learners; they were independent, confident and showed great organisational skills too by sorting out any little problems that occurred on the day as well as making sure they timed when to talk. It's no mean feat to perform to a packed hall when you're barely 7-years old, there were a lot of butterflies in tummies on Friday morning! Did you know that Kingfishers wrote their own words for their assembly? We're now looking forward to a thoroughly enjoyable final week together in Year 2 before our well-deserved Summer holiday!
Ramsey Heights Countryside Classroom Trip
Another glorious day for us to head out and about exploring! Kingfishers came really well-prepared for today’s trip (although the school had an aroma of insect repellent by the time we left!) which was so important on such a hot day – thanks for your cooperation. We had a great time at the countryside classroom and really enjoyed doing a wide variety of activities which enabled us to find lots of different minibeasts, including ones that live in water. Naturally we were very interested in the birdlife that we may spot and we weren’t disappointed! The adults on the coach were also treated to a plethora of songs and we all returned having had a great time…as always, thank you to those parents who came along to support our trip, it was hugely appreciated.
Wednesday 20th June
We've had a wonderful day out today! We had a walk around the village first of all, looking for places linked to our learning in RE then we went and had a lovely picnic lunch by the millpond (thanks National Trust staff for use of the facilities!). We then walked along the Thicket to Houghton Meadows where John, the Wildlife Trust voluntary warden, showed us around - we saw plenty of flowers, dragonflies, damselflies, birds and loved running in the long grass. I was really impressed by Kingfishers spotting skills and knowledge today, there were some great discussions going on as we walked and we saw so many different things. Thanks Kingfishers for a thoroughly enjoyable day and thanks to Mrs Sweet, Mrs Read and our mystery guest - Mrs Gremin - for accompanying us.
Spotting wildlife in the river
Lunchtime - what a glorious spot!
Anthill at the entrance to Houghton Meadows
Starting to explore
Listening to the rattle in Yellow Rattle
Running in the long grass!
Bird's Foot Trefoil (Eggs and Bacon or Granny's Toenails.....yuk!)
The grass was waist high!
What can we spot?
Tuesday 22nd May
We've had a really busy few weeks and are enjoying our 'Minibeast' topic - we are very enthused about finding different creatures in and around our school. I'm delighted that Kingfishers still love birds and we've loved spotting Summer visitors around Houghton; this morning (whilst catching our breath and waiting to bat in cricket) we watched swifts and a sparrowhawk above the field! We've thorougly enjoyed our recent cricket sessions and our skills have developed really well - we have proved to be competent batters and fielders.
This afternoon we visited the church as part of our learning in RE. We listened to a bible story (told to us by Father Geoff) and had a chance to look for objects around the church that we'd learned about with Mrs Stovold. We also witnessed the baptism of Sammy the Squirrel!
This week we've created a minibeast garden on our wall, it's now just waiting for our amazing writing and beautiful art work to adorn it as the term progresses. We're enjoying learning about minibeasts and are hoping for the weather to warm up which in turn should encourage more creatures to get out and about.
Have a great long weekend...enjoy the sunshine!
**Please ensure that your child has a fresh bottle of water plus sun cream (or has applied ‘once a day’ sun cream at home)every day**
What a great start we've had to the Summer term...Kingfishers have come back to school so ready to learn, it's been a delightful week. We're still really enjoying watching and listening to the amazing variety of birds we have around our school and we love to share our sightings; however our interest is also broadening to our new topic of 'Minibeasts'. This afternoon we've been out in the woodland looking for different minibeasts, it's still quite early in the Spring but we did manage to find a few! We used identification sheets and books to help identify our findings.
Friday 16th March
We are delighted to have finished our 'Red Kite Poetry' book this week, it's the first book we've created as a class but I'm sure there'll be some more following before too long! Mrs Stovold took the book home so that her dog Buddy could have a read:
He woofed his approval to Mrs Stovold and is already looking forward to the next Kingfishers book. He was obviously so impressed with our wonderful writing that he neglected to eat his dinner.......don't go hungry Buddy! We also took our book out to read to the red kite from the treehouse, we thought that we may be able to 'charm' the red kite into making an appearance.
Lo and behold......guess what made an appearance as we were reading? Our amazing red kite accompanied by a sparrowhawk - what a great opportunity to compare different size birds of prey from our playground! It truly was a magical experience.....I think we may be heading outside to read some more of our poems very soon!
Thursday 8th March
A couple of gentle reminders……
Water: Please ensure that your child brings only water – not juice – into the classroom in their drinks bottle. We are keen for children to keep well hydrated during the day (especially with warmer weather not far away!) but kindly request that only water be brought into school.
Cloakroom: Please allow your child to put their own things away and organise themselves in the morning; it’s great to see the majority of children coming into school on their own and learning important independent skills. It’s really important that children learn to organise themselves and being able to do so in the morning helps them stay organised throughout the day. Additionally, it’s a little unfair for those children who are great at being independent to be met with an unfamiliar adult in their space (the cloakroom) and can actually be quite daunting……sometimes us adults forget that we’re very tall to smaller people!
Friday 2nd March - Here we are dressed up as book characters this morning:
***Shuttleworth Collection Trip***
We had a brilliant time on our trip to the Shuttleworth Collection! It was great to see the children so enthusiastic about everything that they saw and they asked some thoughtful questions too. They loved the planes, flying machines, vintage bus ride, snow and of course lunch....I think we'll remember this trip for a long time. Thanks to our three intrepid parent helpers and of course to Kingfishers who made it a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
What a busy and enthusiastic start to the half term! It was brilliant to see everyone bouncing in on Tuesday morning; already we've started writing poems inspired by our wonderful red kite visitor and have been learning about 3-D shapes. I love the photos below (taken by Mrs Stovold) as they show the great teamwork and determination that goes on in our class.
We've had quite an exciting time in Kingfishers lately - last week the books that we ordered from the proceeds of the Christmas retiring collections arrived and we're really enjoying reading them. We decided on a set of Usborne 'Lift the flap' books which are packed full of facts and are beatifully illustrated. Here we are enjoying our reading on Monday:
This morning there was great excitement as we boarded Concorde for our New York flight......complete with inflight snacks, magazines (books), entertainment (writing task) and of course the opportunity to buy duty free goods from the trolley! We had a great time - including the 'pilot' and 'air host' - it was brilliant to see the children getting in to their pretend roles and having plenty of fun.
We've had a busy start to the term in Kingfishers - we're getting really into our 'Up' topic and so far have been thinking mainly about dragons and tightrope walkers! We've been exploring different ways of moving in PE:
We've been busy working on multiplication and division in Maths:
We've been inspired by the story of Philippe Petit (The Man Who Walked Between The Towers) so had a go at (pretend!) tightrope walking in the playground:
Happy New Year!
We've had a great day back at school - the children have been raring to go and have worked really well throughout the day, showing me that they're really focused on their learning.....well done Kingfishers! It sounds like everyone enjoyed their Christmas break, we shared stories this morning about what we'd all been up to during the holidays. Just a couple of reminders: PE days are Monday and Wednesday once again this term so please ensure that your child comes equipped to take part in PE both inside and out. PE kits should be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday as PE lessons sometimes take place on other days (plus it's handy to have a change of clothes in school anyway!). Also, I would appreciate it if all children have a waterproof coat in school plus and wellies are always handy - we often go out on the field or out for a walk so need to be prepared.
Wow - what a performance! Kingfishers loved preparing and sharing their Christmas assembly and showed that they are a true bunch of stars over the last two mornings. It was great to see the children enjoying themselves and organising themselves quite independently......quite a daunting task when you're only 6 or 7. They've done a fantastic job of learning words, songs and actions and were so pleased with themselves after each performance. We really hope you enjoyed our assembly; thank you for providing children with suitable clothes for performing, they loved getting dressed up. Please see the school facebook page for a few photos. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy 2018.
7th December 2017
We've learned about different continents over this term and have finally arrived at the poles in time for Christmas! This week we've been learning about the Northern Lights (unfortunately I can't arrange a trip to see them!) and have been finding out about animals that live at the poles. We've been using Beebots, mixing paint to create northern light backgrounds and have made models of polar animals.
**DON'T FORGET TO BRING IN YOUR CHILD'S CHRISTMAS ASSEMBLY COSTUME ON MONDAY 11TH**
Details below - thank you!
Today we are sending home a verse of a poem and a song - we would appreciate it if your could help your child to learn their verse (they will be perfoming it in a little group) and to practise the song. We can't say too much more as both items are for our Christmas assembly but appreciate your support in helping them learn!
Don't forget to check Kingfisher's Home Learning page which is updated at the end of each week - go to the 'CLASSES' tab at the top of the page and hover over 'KINGFISHERS' to access it.
Although it is only mid-November we are starting to think about our Christmas assembly which is just over three weeks away. In Year 1 and 2 we are simply asking that every child wear Christmas party clothes – think sparkles and smartness! Please also bear in mind that the hall does get rather hot during performances. We’d appreciate it if these clothes could come into school on Monday 11th December ready for our performances on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th – please ensure that all clothes are labelled and in a bag clearly marked with your child’s name. Thank you for your support – we will send performance clothes home on Friday 15th December.
A reminder that our PE days are MONDAY and WEDNESDAY although sometimes we do have PE session on other days. During the colder weather we do still go outside for some PE sessions so every child needs to have some warm outdoor clothes (trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt) as well as indoor PE kit (t-shirt and shorts).
Kingfishers had a lovely surprise this morning when Mrs Ferrett brought Grace along for her first visit to school. Kingfishers were very excited to see them both and their visit brought back lots of baby memories for everyone. Grace is exactly five weeks old today; it was great to see both Mrs Ferrett and Grace looking so well. A couple of people were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Grace's eyes.....she kept them firmly shut whilst she napped for most of her visit! We're already looking forward to seeing them both again before too long.
We've had a great start back from half term, it's been lovely for us both to get to know the children and to meet a few parents too - feel free to come and say hello, introduce yourself if you see us at the door. At the moment Mrs Gremin and I are teaching on various days throughout the coming weeks but of course, Mrs Stovold is working alongside us both. Thank you for all the good wishes and kind words which are much appreciated - we're looking forward to a productive and fun half term!
Mrs Grant & Mrs Gremin
We had a great time participating in the Sports Morning which was led by the children in Hawks class. They kept us very busy, fit and active despite the gloomy weather!
It was lovely to see Mrs Grant in school this afternoon. She popped in to say hello to the children and told them how much she is looking forward to teaching them after half term, working together with Mrs Ann Gremin for a few week until she is back full time. Mrs Grant is planning lots of lovely things to do with the children, continuing the work they have been doing about animals... exploring other areas of the world.
We were delighted to hear that 'Baby Ferrett' arrived today! Lauren and Tom have a baby girl who arrived safely this morning! The children were so excited to hear the news! We have sent our love and best wishes to them.
A huge thank you to the children of Owls' Class who helped us today - teaching us how to use Mathletics. They were great teachers and we were all very excited about being able to use this online programme which will help us to develop our number fluency, knowledge and skills.
I have really enjoyed the first two days of teaching in Kingfishers class. We have hit the ground running, becoming writers, geographers, artists and scientists in our topic on Africa. Thank you to the parents who have let their children bring in books and artefacts to help with our studies. We promise to look after them.
We had great fun this afternoon doing the NSPCC workout in our PE lesson. We did a circuit of activities which tested our skill and stamina. Thank you if you have been able to get sponsors for this activity. There's still time to get more! Please bring all your donations and the completed form back into school by Monday 16th October.
Kingfishers' class have made a fantastic start to year two! They have picked up the new routines quickly and hit the ground running with their writing and maths.
In the afternoons, the children have been busy designing their own weather station' to link in with our new topic 'Amazing Animals'. So far they have made satellites, rain catchers and weather vanes.
To help keep your child's uniform clean during our creative sessions, it would be really helpful if you could send in an old shirt for them to keep in school as a paint shirt.
Check the 'Home Learning' section of our class webpage every Friday to keep up to date with what you can do to support your child's learning at home.