Houghton Primary School

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Kingfishers (Y2)

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Kingfishers Class are our Year 2 group.

They are taught by Mrs Grant. She is assisted by Miss Marshall.

Please click here for information on the Year 2 Curriculum Autumn 2019

Spring Term 2020

Monday 13th January

Happy New Year....I hope you've had a great start to 2020, I think I have managed to catch up with most parents since we started back! We've had a very busy start and it's been lovely that the children have been so enthusiastic and keen to settle back into their learning again. Our topic this term is 'Up!' so last week we had a think about different ways to fly. We illustrated and wrote about how we would like to fly and enjoyed sharing our work with a friend:

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We'll be having PE every Monday and Wednesday this term; Wednesday's lessons will be delivered by Mrs David (Hunts School Sports Partnership). We will be continuing with our Monday 'first thing' PE lesson and hope to get outside in this session as much as possible. The children store their trainers in the cloakroom so these don't come home every week but PE kits will be sent home for a freshen up every Friday...please make sure that your child has a sweatshirt as part of their kit for the chillier mornings! Here we are enjoying this morning's sunshine: 

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Autumn 2019

Friday 13th December

What a great term we've had and what a brilliant week to finish our first term together in Kingfishers! I was so proud of the children earlier this week during their Christmas assembly, they were so independent and confident in their performance and even I was amazed with the poem and song words that they managed to learn by heart - thank you to those of you at home who helped with the learning and in providing their lovely Christmas outfits. We followed that with a fantastic day on Wednesday with BBC wildlife presenter Mike Dilger; Kingfishers relished the opportunity to talk to a true expert and couldn't wait to show off their work around the classroom to both Mike and Mr Grant (who came in to take photos of the day). They asked really thoughtful questions and were so interested in the information that he had to share with them, again a day to be proud of the confident and enthusiastic learners they are all growing in to and a great memory fro Kingfishers. I think that the children are now very ready for a good break over the holiday. Miss Marshall and myself wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year...we'll see you in 2020!

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Tuesday 19th November

Wow...what an amazing start to our day! We received reports that a seal was feeding in the mill pond so we decided to go for a walk to see if we could spot it - we saw the seal and also saw a kingfisher fly past and land. Kingfishers are currently all on a complete high and can't quite believe our luck, we are so lucky to live in such a lovely area and to be able to go out and spot wildlife when it's about...what a wonderful memory to treasure!

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Monday 11th November

This week in school we are having a 'It's Cool to be Kind' week. Different classes are thinking about being kind in different ways but in Kingfishers we are focusing on little things that we can do everyday to be kind to others....from giving someone a compliment to holding the door open to asking if someone wants to play outside. We are keeping a kindness diary throughout the week, and if we're struggling to think of a way we've been kind then we'll write about someone else's kindness! It would be lovely to hear about any ways that your child has shown kindness to somebody else at home or outside of school - please feel free to send in notes or photos!

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Thursday 17th October

It feels like we've all been together in Kingfishers for ages! Miss Marshall and I are really proud of the progress that our Kingfishers have made since they joined us last month - they are really keen to learn and have taken on a lot of new responsibility over the last few weeks...I think we're all ready for a week off! Today we met with Year 3 to try Mathletics for the first time - your child has a personal login and the website address in the inside cover of their reading diary. We've also been playing instruments and singing in Music, as well as designing our own flags in Art. We've loved looking at the atlases recently, especially all the different flag designs, and are continuing to develop our knowledge of continents and oceans.

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Thursday 3rd October

We've really enjoyed being out and about on the field over the ast few weeks and have loved learning about the different trees - we've looked at bark and fruits but have really focused on the different leaves. This week we have made a tree map of the field and have used the work of James Brunt to inspire our Art work...some of our creations are below:

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Friday 20th September

It's been a lovely week in Kingfishers, we've worked hard and have had a great time with all of our learning! This morning we took part in our first Sports Morning - these take place about once a month, throughout the year, and all of the children in Years 2 - 6 take part in games and multiskills activities. It's a great way for nearly the whole schoo to be active together and for the younger children to spend time with those older than them. Please ensure that your child's PE kit comes to school on a Monday and stays in school until Friday afternoon - often PE days change due to the weather and for other reasons, plus we need them for Sports Mornings!

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Reading books and diaries: Everyone now has a reading book and diary to take home every evening and which needs to come back to school every morning - we remind children to change their reading book in the morning when they come in to school. You will see quite a wide variety of books coming home as it is important that the children start to make their own choices. Please feel feel free to read books fom home and library books, it is fine to log these in reading diaries. We check reading diaries every Thursday morning as we are looking for children to read, log and have initialled their home reading at least 4 times every week. Some of you may be aware of AR (Accelerated Reader) - we start this scheme at different intervals through the year with a few children going on to this sytem at a time as it is quite a big learning curve!

Painting Aprons: It would be great if you could send in an old t-shirt/shirt (an old unwanted adult t-shrt is ideal!) for us to cover up during our messier painting times, it's also helpful if you can add pop your child's name on it.

PE days: PE this term will take place on a Monday and Wednesday; however PE kit should come into school every Monday and go home every Friday. We will go outside as often as possible and PE days sometimes change according to the weather! Kit should consist of: t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt, tracksuit bottoms, socks and trainers (not plimsolls). Trainers get muddy as the ground gets wetter so a carrier bag is useful too.

Wellies : Wellies are very useful to have in school as we tend to use the field throughout the year. Please ensure that your child's name is inside their wellies and pop them outside our classroom under the canopy.

Mornings: I will be on the door every morning to greet the children and to exchange any quick messages, we expect them to come in and organise themselves independently, as they do throughout the day. It was nice to have a quick hello with a few parents before and after school today, I look forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks.

Thursday 5th September

We've had a lovely day today and I hope that your children have come home happy after a great first day in Year 2! We've been busy getting into the swing of being a Kingfisher and are excited about completing our class Kingfisher display over the next week or so.

PE days: PE this term will take place on a Monday and Wednesday; however PE kit should come into school every Monday and go home every Friday. We will go outside as often as possible and PE days sometimes change according to the weather! Kit should consist of: t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt, tracksuit bottoms, socks and trainers (not plimsolls). Trainers get muddy as the ground gets wetter so a carrier bag is useful too.

Wellies : Wellies are very useful to have in school as we tend to use the field throughout the year. Please ensure that your child's name is inside their wellies and pop them outside our classroom under the canopy.

Mornings: I will be on the door every morning to greet the children and to exchange any quick messages, we expect them to come in and organise themselves independently, as they do throughout the day. It was nice to have a quick hello with a few parents before and after school today, I look forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks.

  


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