Houghton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please note that, during periods when the school is closed, including weekends, anyone with Child Protection concerns should contact Cambridgeshire Social Care directly, contact numbers are available here. However if you feel a young person is in immediate danger the police should be contacted. This is the same during the COVID-19 school closure - don't hesitate to use these contacts if you are concerned about any child. You can report anonymously.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy UPDATED for period of school closure during COVID-19 (updated 10th June 2020)
Always...Working hard to achieve our best...
Following 10 weeks of childcare provision, our school re-opened on Monday 1st June to 'bubbles' (small groups) of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We are also running 2 'childcare bubbles' open to the children of Key/Critical Workers, as defined by the government.
If your child is at home we are continuing to post themed weeks of home learning activities on this page for parents to do with their children. We are also posting more structured home learning activities on the class home learning pages each week which are age appropriate and planned by our staff with the children in mind.
Weekly theme (6.7.20) - Water
Water is all around us in many different forms. We couldn’t survive without it and we use it for enjoyment too when the weather is hot, our holidays and days out often involve water—can you think of a day out at the beach or a walk by the river?
Mrs Grant and Mrs Culpin
Further home learning ideas/activities
https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning which include Early Years, Maths, English, PE, Other Subjects, Wellbeing, Challenges, Science, Competition and projects.
BBC Bitesize also have a fabulous menu of home learning activities for every year group in KS1 and KS2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
Cosmic Kids is a great website for yoga, mindfulness and movement for the children.
Please also continue to log on to Purple Mash and Mathletics; whilst teachers will not be setting tasks, both of these websites has a wealth of age-appropriate activities and games.
Every class has home learning ideas which are more specific to their age group - please take a look at the class Home Learning pages.
Free School Meals... £15 food vouchers per week, per child. Don't hesitate to apply.
We know that this situation is hitting many families hard financially and that some are really struggling. Your family may qualify for Free School Meals - if you apply and are successful we can arrange for you to receive a £15 voucher, per child, per week to exchange for food at a local supermarket (or online). The vouchers can be emailed directly to you or we can print them off and post them to you. You can use them yourself, or nominate someone else to use them on your behalf and shop for you if you are in isolation. You can apply online even though schools are closed. Please don't hesitate to apply - it could make such a difference for your family. Click here to apply online.
Updated: Friday 20th March
Well done to Wimbledon who earned the most house points again this week .
This week's points
Total points this term
Winners of the GOLD Award in the national School Games Mark 2015/16 , 2016/17 , 2017/18 and 2018/19 for curriculum and extra-curricular sport.
Finalists in the 'Living Sports Sport Awards' 2016
County Champions in the ESFA World Cup football competition March 2017
Winners of the National Flag Championship 2019
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Comments from our most recent parent survey (2016)...
"We are delighted with how well our child has settled into school and how well she is progressing. She clearly enjoys her time spent at school."
"Houghton is a friendly school that encourages learning alongside very positive and responsible personal values. It’s a great mix and the result is a buzzing school."
"I think that the schools strength is that it knows each child so well. This is from a character/personality perspective and an academic one. Because you know each child so well it means you can deal with issues in a way that suits each child. This is so valuable."
"The school has a warm, supportive ethos and all members of staff are approachable. The teachers care about the welfare of the children and encourage them to achieve their potential."
"I love that Houghton makes use of it’s beautiful surroundings for learning, something my child has found invaluable."
"A great school that works very hard at putting the children first in all areas of teaching and well-being."
"I would have been very happy with this school had my child had standard learning abilities, however as he has SEN I have found myself relieved that he has a place in a school that shows commitment to helping him succeed."
"I love that Houghton is a village primary school. It has close links with the local community and also has a close community feel within the school. The teachers and children know everyone and are encouraged to look after each other."
"I think Houghton is a fantastic school and feel very privileged to be able to send my children there."
"A good school with friendly professional staff instilling good values and morals."
"We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school in our location."
"Parents views and opinions matter. Children are at the centre of the school ethos"
"The positivity, good feeling and can do attitude of the school. Very pleased with the level of outdoor activities, engaging pupils physically as well as mentally. Great teaching."