Explorer Dome in Holbrook!

Recently, children in Year 5 & 6 were treated to a visit from the Explorer Dome company, which set up inside our school hall.

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Within the giant inflated “dome” pupils had a chance to work on our Science topic – light – exploring sources of light, how light can be changed and reflected and the origins of light in our solar system.

“It was amazing – I loved it,” (Ella)

“Woah, it’s like being in a different world.” (Alfie)

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below to tell us your thoughts…

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Year 5/6 Poetry Writing at Meoncross

A small group of children were invited to Meoncross to spend the day with one of Britain’s favourite poets Brian Moses to develop their writing skills through fun tasks and stimuli. The workshop was also a great chance to meet and work with children from other local schools.

The children listened to the poet perform some of his own writing as well as work alongside him to write their own poetry using repetition and personification. At the end of the day, the children had the opportunity to buy one of his books and even get it signed by him.

It is fair to say that the children were challenged today but that their outcomes were amazing!



Abseiling and campfire sing a longs

DAY 4 – what an incredible day!

The children were eager to get the day started today so we walked up to breakfast through the frost, and were pleased to find pain au chocolate waiting for us to give us plenty of energy for the day.

Today, we had plenty to keep us busy as we had Land Ecology, ( which involved bug hunting) and games in the morning and climbing up the tower and abseiling in the afternoon. It has been wonderful to see them pushing themselves and celebrating their successes. They really have surprised themselves with just how capable they are and we hope they come back with this resilience to try new things when they come back to school.

Later, we settled down to a delicious roast and apple crumble and custard. Then our leaders, Archie and Dave led us to our campfire – which was amazing. The children loved this experience as they sang songs, toasted marshmallows and watched the embers dance in the sky as they relaxed and shared memories of their time at Fairthorne.

The children are looking forward to their last morning here at Fairthorne. Come back to see our final blog tomorrow

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier, Mrs Ingledew

Day 3 at Fairthorne Manor

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We were in for a real treat today as we took part in the following activities: camouflage tracking, den building, fire lighting and indoor archery. The children were in awe of the fire lighting and hopefully in the future they might have the chance to use these skills with your help. We continue to be wowed by the children’s resilience and patience as they gain more and more confidence in trying new things and they are becoming increasingly independent.

This evening, we enjoyed pasta Bolognese, followed by jam roly poly and custard. Yum! Then we eagerly went back to Ben’s House to get on our dancing shoes to dance the night away. The children, as always, showed off their amazing dance moves. The children then finished their evening by relaxing with biscuits and squash ready for bed.

Come back tomorrow to see what we’ve been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Smith, Mrs Sivier, Miss Robertson & Mrs Derrick

Zip wires, low ropes and curry for tea

DAY 2 –

Another great day at Fairthorne – we had a great nights sleep and we started our morning with a cooked breakfast to take on our new challenges.

We wrapped up in our warmest accessories, and set off to our activities. Today, we had a go at the crate challenge, pioneering, vertical climbing, the zip wire and low ropes. Our overall favourite was the zip wire as we took in the beautiful views of Fairthorne as we flew through the air and screamed with joy. The children continue to impress us with their willingness to try new things and as a result they have exceeded our expectations.

This evening we were treated to curry – it was delicious. Then we went back to Ben’s House where we enjoyed some down time. We’re hoping to get a good night’s sleep so we’re ready for another busy day tomorrow.

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Day 1 at Fairthorne

We have all settled in brilliantly and have embraced our new surroundings. After our whistle stop tour around Fairthorne with our guides, David and Archie, we were led to the dinner hall for our first taste of the food. We were not disappointed, as we tucked into tomato soup and paninis. As it was so delicious, we decided to browse the menu to see what’s coming up throughout the week. Keep coming back to see what we are tucking into… You’ll be so envious!

Next, we split into our two groups and were led  to our activities for the afternoon. We eagerly took part in low ropes, initiative tests and pioneering. The children were enthusiastic and persevered with their new challenges and we were incredibly proud of how they collaborated and supported one another. We can’t wait for the children to take to the zip wire soon and hear the screams as they soar through the air.

After fish and chips, we went on a night walk with torches and walked around the camp site, before returning to base to have hot chocolate and biscuits. The children are eager to find out what we will be doing tomorrow evening.

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Come back tomorrow to see what else we have been up to…

Miss Price, Mrs Sivier and Mrs Smith

Holbrook Christmas Singing 2018!

This morning, the hall was filled with the sound of singing, as classes across the school performed a selection of Christmas songs. Parents and friends packed the hall and it was wonderful to see so many relatives coming along, making the event even more special for the children this morning.Image result for singing

Dolphins gave a tear jerking rendition of “Somewhere Only We Know” – several tissues were needed afterwards.

Manta Ray performed a trouser splitting performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” much to the amusement of the watching audience.

Orcas then gave a wonderfully sung performance of “When Christmas Comes to Town” which was well received by all.

The whole of KS2 then joined in well known classics such as “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday!

Polar Bears sang a tuneful performance of “Last Christmas” which again was listened to and appreciated by all.

Sea Otters managed to keep up with the quick pace of the “Jingle Bell Rock” including actions along the way too!

Penguins then sang “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” accompanied by finger saxophone playing as well!

Finally, children across the Key Stage ended with a finale performance of “Snow Is Falling” including Makaton signing, which has so often been seen during our musical performances!

A huge thank you to all of the many parents who turned up (and sang along too!) Despite being nervous, the children did you all and the school proud.

We are looking forward to next year already! Enjoy the Christmas break…

[Written by Mr Thorns]