Dear Parents and Carers,
After a packed last couple of weeks at school, I hope that you all had a restful and happy Christmas and that your children are looking forward to being back in school and starting the new term with enthusiasm.
The children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 performed fantastically in their nativity show at the end of last term, they all joined together to make a great end to our Autumn term. There was plenty of talent to be seen at the first “Holbrook’s got talent show” too and those who performed did so with enthusiasm. Well done to all of those who took part, you impressed everyone watching.
There is plenty of other talent on show around the school as well; the Year 2 NASA space buggies in the library and the Year 6 clay faces art gallery demonstrate the wide range of talents which your children impress us with on a day to day basis.
This term, we look forward to welcoming another Olympic athlete to inspire the children and some cross School activities with our Federated school, Bedenham. Look out for more details in your child’s Year group blog.
Happy New Year to you!
Mrs Zoë Dudley Mrs Tracy Potter
Head of School Executive Headteacher
Last term in Clownfish Class
The children in Year 2 worked hard during the Autumn term and particularly enjoyed their Space topic. We had a fantastic time at INTECH on our school trip. We learnt all about space exploration and the first moon landing in History and enjoyed designing and making some amazing moon buggies in DT. Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our Christmas ‘Stay and Play’ – the resulting Christmas decorations made the classroom look very festive.
This Half Term
In the coming half term, Clownfish Class are working on a Geography based topic called ‘Spot the Difference’. We will be comparing aspects of everyday life in Gosport with how people live in some areas of Kenya. In particular, we will be learning about school life in both countries. We will also be finding out more about African culture in general. We will be learning some African folks tales in English and studying weaving from Uganda in Art before we complete some weaving of our own. Also, our Keystage 1 classes will be joining up across the Federation for a couple of African themed mornings. These will include African drumming workshops led by a visiting Music specialist. Clownfish Class will be able to share all the things we have learnt in our ‘Spot the Difference’ topic in our class assembly on Friday, 9th February, 2018.
In addition to daily reading at home with an adult and learning weekly spelling words, homework tasks will continue to come home on Fridays and should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Helping and supporting your child with their home learning is really important. The tasks sent home reflect the current learning in class or might be a pre-learning task.
Please feel free to research and find out more about Kenya at home. We would like to share any interesting facts that you find out with the rest of the class.
This half term, PE sessions will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. They may want to bring in an extra sweatshirt and jogging bottoms for our outdoor sessions now that the weather is cold and wintry. They will need plimsolls or trainers for outdoor PE.
Year 2 SATs – End of Keystage 1 Assessments
All children in Year 2 in England will be completing SATs assessments in May 2018.These assessments, alongside on-going class work, help teachers to judge if children are working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or at greater depth. We will be holding a parent workshop before half term to explain more about SATs, how we approach them with the children and we will show you some of the previous SATs papers so that you can see the expectations. We will also explain how parents can support and help their children. Please avoid booking time off from school for your child during May. Further details about the information workshop to follow soon.
Best wishes for 2018.
Clownfish Class Teacher