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Year 6 enjoy an adventurous trip to Hilltop
Year 5 took part Hunts Sports Partnership Hockey Tournament.
We took two teams to play in the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership Hockey Tournament this afternoon. We were novices in the tournament, with a Year 5 squad playing against Year 6 teams from 20 schools. We were so proud of our children who stepped up in our Year 6 children's absence (at Hilltop). The majority of them had never played in a hockey match before. Their team spirit shone through the heat of the afternoon as each team played 7 matches. It was great to see their skill and confidence growing over the course of the tournament... with some of the best play in the last couple of matches. We scored some goals, won some matches, lost some and drew some. The children supported each other and demonstrated great teamwork throughout. Well done Team Houghton!
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We are a reading school...
Last year our children (Year 2 - Year 6) read and quizzed on nearly 60 million words!
We are really focusing on the 'Engaged Reading Time' for each child who is reading on AR.
The minimum target for all children is 15 minutes engaged reading time per day. All children read in school every day... but this MUST be supplemented by reading at home for children to really benefit and make progress. Reading is a very important part of weekly home learning.
Our results show that the children who read regularly and have a good 'engaged reading time' are the children who are doing really well across the curriculum.Are you doing all you can to encourage and support your child to get into the habit of reading at home? Children on AR don't need to read aloud to you... but it will really help them if you take an interest in what they are reading and talk to them about the books they read.
If you would like some help PLEASE talk to your child's teacher who will be able to support you in helping your child.
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Ofsted Report February 2014
OfSTED visited our school in February 2014.
Their report said:
Pupils make good progress across the school.
Leaders' focus on helping each individual pupil to succeed, whatever their needs, has been successful.
Pupils achieve well in each year group because teaching is consistently good... and sometimes outstanding.
The use of online activities to support mathematics and reading has been especially successful.
The school makes sure that the most-able pupils receive work that is of sufficient difficulty to enable them to reach the higher levels of attainment.
The contribution of teaching assistants to pupils' learning is a particular strength of the school. They are highly skilled and trained well. They are very well briefed and fully included in planning activities for pupils and assessing how well they have completed them. As a consequence, the impact of their work is considerable, and this contributes in no small way to pupils' good progress.
Books show that pupils make good progress over time. They take pride in the presentation of their work. The quality of topic work is good... with opportunities for pupils to apply the English, mathematics and communication skills in a range of subjects.
Teachers regularly spend time individually with pupils reviewing their progress in reading, writing, mathematics and behaviour and agreeing what they need to focus on to reach the next level of attaniment so that they can set goals. This makes pupils very well aware of how they are doing and motivates them to progress rapidly.
Pupils behave well in class and around the school. Parents, pupils and staff all have a positive view of behaviour... pupils understand very clearly how the behaviour system works and enjoy earning rewards.
Pupils' attitudes to learning are positive and they work well in groups and pairs as well as on their own. The school has a purposeful buzz to it as you walk around.
Pupils have excellent manners and are very welcoming and friendly. They have an awareness of bullying and are confident they can raise any concerns with staff safe in the knowledge that they will be treated seriously and acted upon promptly.
Pupils who attend that Phoenix before and after school club benefit from healthy food and well organised activities, and socialise well together.
The headteacher's outstanding leadership has been the catalyst that has enabled leaders, managers and governors to improve teaching and raise achievement since the previous inspection. (This) leadership has created a dynamic and cohesive school where morale is extremely high and all pupils have equal opportunities to succeed.
School leaders are very ambitious to move the school to outstanding and have introduced key changes to raise pupils' achievement and improve teaching. The approach of treating each pupil as an individual and responding flexibly to their needs in the light of their progress has been a particular success.
The subjects the school offers cater well for pupils interests and aspirations. Pupils have a strong sense of what is right and take pride in their work. The school is brought to life with attractive displays of pupils work.
For more details see the full report on the OfSTED page under the 'Our School' menu above.