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 Stovold.

Please click here to find out more about the Year 2 curriculum for the Autumn term 2017

Please click here for more information about the Year 2 curriculum for the Spring term 2018

Latest News

Spring 2018

***Shuttleworth Collection Trip*** 

I'm really looking forward to our first trip together, Kingfishers are also very excited and I've no doubt that we'll have a great day! We’re expecting our trip to be cold (we’ll be indoors for much of the time but in hangars!) so please make sure your child has warm clothing – school uniform sweatshirt with jeans/trousers and comfy warm shoes.  Packed lunch, snack and drink (plus any extra layers) should be in a rucksack that can be carried by your child. Please see our Home Learning page for further trip preparation information.


23rd February

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. 












31st January

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:

Books 1

Books 2

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.

Flight 1

Flight 2

Flight 3

Flight 4



18th January

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!

4th January

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.


Autumn 2017

15th December

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.





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.

Grace 1

Grace 2


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!

sport 2


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.

its a girl cupcake min


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.

Mathletics 1 Copy Mathletics 2 Copy Mathletics 6
Mathletics 7 Mathletics 8 Mathletics 9
Mathletics 9a Mathletics 9b Mathletics 9c
Mathletics 9d Mathletics 9e Mathletics 9f
Mathletics 9g Mathletics 9h Mathletics 9i
Mathletics 9j Mathletics 9k Mathletics 9l
  Mathletics 4 Copy  

Mathletics 9m


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.

AfricaWe 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.

Representing 1  

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.


Rain catcher

Weather vane

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.



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