Houghton Primary School

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Kingfishers (Y2)



Kingfishers Class are our Year 2 group. They are taught by Mrs Grant. They are assisted by Mrs Richards, Miss Marshall and Mrs Williams.

Please click here for Kingfishers Autumn 2018 Newsletter/Curriculum

Please click here for Kingfishers Spring 2019 Newsletter/Curriculum

Please click here for class newsletter and curriculum information Summer term 2019


On Tuesday 16th July, Kingfishers will be going on a trip to Rutland Water. We will be leaving school at 8.30am and will be returning at 3.30pm. watch out for payment details soon after half term!

Wednesday 22nd May

We've had a very busy couple of weeks in Kingfishers; we've been sketching wild flowers and Mr Benn characters on the treehouse, and have made nature bracelets using 'treasures' from the field, as well as doing some quiet, independent activities inside. This afternoon we took advantage of the glorious weather and went to the meadow to look at and sketch the buttercups. It is an absolute riot of colour and we found plenty to look in addition to the buttercups! We had a lovely run through the long grass and wound down by lying on the grass and gazing at the cloud shapes...what a lovely afternoon :-)









Thursday 9th May 2019

I can't believe it's the Summer term already! We've started off the term brilliantly and have been very busy since we came back to school after Easter. This week we've been having lots of fun in Maths and have been working on practical activities in and around the classroom. I've been really impressed with Kingfishers responsible attitude to their learning, especially as groups have been working independently to measure water using different containers! I think the Beebots have been the most popular activity, although we've enjoyed weighing and measuring too.







Friday 22nd March

We've had the most amazing day today! Folk group 'The Young'uns' spent the day at our school and this afternoon came to Kingfishers then did an assembly with the whole school. We have sung, laughed, learned stories, danced and most of all....had a brilliant time and made a wonderful memory. It was an absolute delight to see how enthusiastic and welcoming Kingfishers were with the group, once again they've done us proud.






PS - Our Great Fire of London paintings and Kingfisher look pretty good in the background too don't you think?!

Monday 4th March

We've had a wonderful day today finding out about the Great Fire of London...we've been apothecaries, bakers, seamstresses to name but a few! As always, the activities run by 'History Off The Page' were superb, with a wealth of resources and artefacts for the children to enjoy; the role play of a London street this morning was brilliant and we were really pleased to see the children conducting themselves in such a responsible way throughout the day. They loved having a go at the activities and got really stuck in! Thank you to all of our Kingfisher parents who ensured that everybody came along in a costume, this really helps them feel a little different to normal and sets the scene for a 'one-off' day. Thanks also to Mrs Oakman, Mr Watts and Mrs Humby who gave their time to help us out - I think they discovered skills they never knew they had!










Wednesday 13th February

We've had a busy few weeks as usual! We really enjoyed Science Week and have enjoyed carrying out a variety of Science investigtions recently. Here are a few photos of our recent learning in Kingfishers:

Measuting accurately using metre sticks:



Attempting to build the tallest tower:



Finding out whether a paper bridge can hold 8 cubes and working out how to make it stronger:



Practising our 'Walk the Walk' dance...we had to listen really carefully to the beat of the music:



Thursday 31st January

We took advantage of the beautiful weather this morning and went for a walk to the river. We saw trees that were draped in ice crystals, listened to the birdsong, skid along the frozen puddles and talked about why patches of the river were frozen. We had a wonderful time outside...what a great way to start our school day! When we got back to school we loved looking at the photos of us and the adults particularly liked the reflections - how lucky we are to have such a beautiful landscape on our doorstep!







Friday 18th January

We've had a really lovely start to the Spring term; Kingfishers are incredibly enthusiastic about their learning and it's great to see them bouncing in each morning! Our topic this term is 'Build' so we're investigating the properties of materials and learning about a variety of different structures. This week the children have been investigating 'Which is bendiest?' and have been trying out their own ideas on a range of classroom objects.






Wednesday 5th December

We had a great time yesterday when Mr White (from the Raptor Foundation) visited the classroom with four owls....there was great excitement in Kingfishers all morning! After learning about owls earlier on in the term it was wonderful to see the children looking carefully at each owl to try and work out whether it was a day or night flyer. They had so many brilliant questions and I was increidbly proud of their knowledge and enthusiam.  I think a few members of staff also took quite a shine to Topaz the tawny owl!






Wednesday 31st October

We had lots of fun doing outdoor PE yesterday and are delighted that Mrs David (from the Hunts School Sports Partnership) will be with us for outdoor PE this half term - our focus will be Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. We will continue to have PE sessions outside throughout the Winter so it is essential that your child comes with the correct kit: warm joggers, sweatshirt, trainers and socks in addition to their indoor PE kit of shorts and t-shirt. PE kits need to be in school from a Monday morning until Friday afternoon - thank you for your co-operation!





I am delighted to let you know that Kingfishers class assembly will take place on Friday 9th November at 9.00am; you are all warmly invited to come along and see what we've been up to this term!

Wednesday 3rd October

We had a great time on our Fineshade Woods trip last Friday, it was lovely to explore a different and much bigger woodland than our school one; we even found some different types of tree. We loved the den building, animal masks, treasure hunts, poems...and of course, the compost toilet!











***Autumn Term PE***

At the moment our PE days are Monday and Wednesday; however this often changes so PE kits need to be in school from a Monday morning and should be taken home on a Friday evening. PE kit must consist of: t-shirt and shorts (indoor PE); tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt, trainers (NOT plimsolls) and socks (outdoor PE). We will be taking part in  whole school sports morning from this term and will also benefit from different coaches taking us for some units of work.

Monday 10th September

We had a lovely morning aboard the Ladybird Boat - what a great way to start our week at school! Despite the children's best efforts at being very quiet we only had one fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher as it whizzed by; however we did feel quite honoured to be in the actual presence of a real, live kingfisher on our part of the river.  We saw plenty of other river life and enjoyed being on the river, rather than watching it from a bridge or the meadow.  I was very impressed by the children's behaviour as we walked to and from the boat, as well as their excellent attitude whilst we were on our journey. Many thanks as ever to the crew of the Ladybird who made us feel welcome and safe aboard their lovely boat.







5th September 2018

What a super start to the year we've had in Kingfishers - it's been delightful to see all the children coming into school so happily and independently! We've had a busy couple of days and are looking forward to our trip along the river on the Ladybird Boat, which is taking place this coming Monday.  We will be taking a short journey on the boat from Houghton Lock with the aim of spotting a kingfisher or two.  It will be taking place in the morning and children will be back at school in plenty of time for lunch - there is no need to prepare your child differently in any way; just make sure that your child is wearing their school jumper/cardigan and that they have a waterproof coat in case of rain.




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