Year Six Visit Portsmouth University

On Monday 2nd July, Year Six visited Portsmouth university where they took part in a STEM lecture, explored different courses available, interviewed some university students and took part in a mini graduation.

The children spoke about their aspirations and many were inspired by the courses available, encouraging them to ask many important questions about uni life. It was great to hear about the children’s many passions as they dressed in a gown, hood and mortar board before receiving a certificate for their participation


The National Literacy Trust Event at Whitely

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NLT_Logo_150Year 4,5 and 6 visited Whitely Shopping Centre for their final event where they were lucky enough to receive their final free book, listen to a mythical story from a fascinating storyteller and tour the projection room at the cinema!

We would like to thank Hana from The National Literacy Trust and Darren from Whitely Shopping centre for arranging the events and for allowing us to be part of the scheme which has enabled the children to feel excited about reading and about choosing books to take home and read.



Year Six Gilbert White River Study

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On Tuesday 5th June, Year Six visited the Gilbert White Study Centre where they completed a river study. The children took measurements to evaluate the effect that erosion and depositary had on water flow. They measured the speed of the water at different areas of the river and some focused their measurements on the meander of the river.

After lunch, the children applied their new knowledge to a create a presentation on how a river starts and moves. The children had a fantastic day at the study centre and were pleased to meet the three local cows who were extremely intrigued by what we were doing in the river!

Books Turned into Films! The National Literacy Trust Event





Year 4, 5 and 6 took part in their second National Literacy Trust event which promotes reading for pleasure. The children enjoyed a day reading and exploring books which have been turned into films as well as receiving their very own book which they chose themselves.

Year Six dealt with the mature concepts and themes of The Hunger Games. They compared a battle scene from the book to its film version, thinking about how tension was created in both. Some of the children chose this book and are now extremely excited about reading it.

Year Five read and watched the story of Jumanji, using questioning to predict and make inferences. They made their own rhymes and used their imagination to create a part of the game. Some were rather scary!

Year Four focussed on the classic story of The Jungle Book and used the graphic novel version to sequence the story and write as the authors.

We would like to thank The National Literacy Trust and Whitely Shopping centre again for making this event possible and for allowing the children to choose and own their own books. We look forward to the final event based in Whitely Shopping Centre in June!



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Book Week

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Wow! What a week it has been. We have spent the week celebrating books and exploring new authors. Each class has based their learning around a wordless book, exploring the illustrations to find the meaning of the story.

We have bought new books, dressed up as book characters and even met authors. This week we really have all put a lot of effort into reading for enjoyment and long may it last!

We would like to thank our parents who joined Ks1 for a book and breakfast and Ks2 for an afternoon tea and read. It was lovely seeing the children share a good book over a cup of juice and a biscuit. Here is what some of our lovely visitors said:

“It was lovely to come into the classroom and hear my child read. Nice opportunity to see inside Alice’s classroom. Good idea!”

“It was lovely to be able to enjoy some time in school with the children. Great to interact with the teacher and the children – 5 star!”

“Very welcoming. Nice to spend time with the kids. Great biscuits and squash .”

Our book challenge this year was to build a book in a box and by Friday, our hall was filled with them. A lot of thought, time and creativity clearly went into showing favourite characters and settings from the children’s chosen books. Well done to our winners: Indi, Oscar, Georgie, Jessica, Leon, Jazzmine, Donna, Alisha, Ella-May, Ollie and Xander!

Our assembly was quite extraordinary on Friday with a hall packed with princesses, superheroes, wizards, villains and even our very own dictionary! The teachers took their time to have a good look at the characters and choose a winner from each phase. Well done to our winners Tyler, Katie and Holly!

Magical Stories with Mythical Creatures

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On Thursday 22nd February, Year 4,5 and 6 took part in a mythical afternoon. Holbrook Primary School was lucky enough to have been chosen by the National Literacy Trust to promote reading for pleasure and so the children took part in celebrating authors and stories about magic! The children guessed the mythical creature using their inference skills and created their own creatures and poems about unicorns in the afternoon. Each child chose their very own book to take home and read – the smiles on their faces was the best part of the day!