Celebration Assembly – Friday 8th June

Today, children across the school celebrated their achievements, with the Reception classes joining us too for their first celebration assembly today.

Great ideas from children in Year 2 with their English writing, while other children were awarded praise for their hard work in sessions supporting other learners along the way. Some children were rewarded for their efforts in classroom, while others celebrated their determination to attend school, even when feeling a little under the weather!

Alongside this, children were praised for their hard work on difficult topics such as time and digital clock work, as well as applying themselves to a range of lessons across the curriculum. Year R children received celebration praise for their kind work with others, not giving up and choosing sensible learning along the way! Year 5 pupils also received praise for their new work using the online “Third Space” Maths learning programme.

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Jackson Pollock Art Gallery


Year 2 have had a very busy half term looking at the art works of Jackson Pollock. We have explored colour mixing and different methods of painting. The children recreated there own pieces of art by flicking, spraying, splashing, blobbing and drawing (We got very messy). Year 2 decided they wanted to create some memorabilia from their art work and designed their own Jackson Pollock inspired ceramic plates.

Using our colour mixing,


Clownfish were able to use this style of painting and re-create the seasons Pollock style.

The children were so proud of all of their art work, which was fantastic, that they organised an art gallery for their parents to view all of their work. To prepare for this the children even baked Pollock style shortbread.

It was lovely to see so many parents turn up and our young artists sharing their work.

Well done Clownfish

Written by Mrs Pullan

Blast Off Music Visits Holbrook!

Today, as part of our music day at Holbrook, children across the school had Related imagean opportunity to take part in orchestra music sessions with Rich from Royal Hospital School, who showed us a range of instruments, their notes and their capabilities in assembly.

Later in the day, children had the chance to play p-bones (a plastic version of a trombone) and a p-buzz as well, joining in with a performance at the end of the day as well.Image result for p buzz free image

We were extremely lucky to have Rich visit us today, sharing his amazing musical skills and sharing this with our school, giving the children an opportunity to share this on a wonderful musical extravaganza!

Let us know what you thought of the day by leaving a comment below!

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Year 2 Summer Term 1

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that everyone had a good Easter break and it has been great to see the children back in school and hearing all about their holidays. The school has been a great place to be this week with the beautiful weather and everyone refreshed after their well needed break.

At the end of last term, we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Brackstone our Home School Link Worker and Mrs White who worked closely with Year 2. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs East has taken on Mrs Brackstone’s role and she will be available during school hours, Monday to Friday, to speak to parents ,either face to face or over the phone. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Messem, Mrs Williams and Miss Birks from maternity leave as well later this term.

It was fantastic to celebrate our colours of inclusion on Rainbow day last term and we raised an amazing £375. Thank you for the many cake donations and it was a hard judging decision to pick a winner! The Class Ambassadors are going to decide how we spend the money although we have already voted to donate some of it to the Downs Syndrome Association.

SATs fever is about to hit the school and I hope that Parents will continue to support their children as they go through this time, lots of early nights and plenty of encouragement.

Keep an eye on the blogs for news of other forthcoming parent events.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School


Clownfish News

Before Easter, Clownfish class were visited by the Fire Service. The firefighters taught us how to keep safe and showed us how their uniforms protect them when they are dealing with an emergency. If there is a fire, we should ‘Get out. Stay out. Call 999’ and we learnt that we should check the smoke alarms in our homes once a week. Please make sure that you check your smoke alarms regularly.


In Science, we carried out an investigation about what plants need to help them grow. We had 3 daffodil plants. We gave one plant no water, one plant had no light and one plant had no warmth and we checked on them every couple of days to see how they were growing. We measured the plants with rulers and looked carefully to see if the leaves changed. After a couple of weeks we could see the healthiest plant was the one that had been left outside in the cold. It just hadn’t grown very tall.


This half term, we will be learning about the life cycles of animals in Science. We are currently observing some young ducklings and chicks that recently hatched out of eggs. We wanted to find out which kind of bird will grow the quickest and biggest. Every day, we are carrying out a ‘Chick Check’ to measure their heights and weights. In Art, we will be learning about a famous artist called Jackson Pollack. He splattered paints on canvases to make some interesting images. We will be creating our own paintings using his style and techniques.


Year 2 SATs will be taking place throughout May so please try to ensure that your child does not miss school. The children will be taking two Reading tests, an Arithmetic Maths test and a Reasoning Maths test. We assess their writing through their on-going work in English and writing from across the curriculum. Results from these end of KS1 assessments will be shared with parents in July. It is important that your child completes their homework (which is given out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday) as we are sending home tasks that will help them feel more prepared for their SATs. If you have any questions or concerns about the KS1 SATs please talk to Miss Stedman.


Our PE lessons will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school as an increasing number of children are regularly borrowing our spare PE kit as they don’t have their own in school. Now that the weather is improving (???!!), please can you check that your child’s PE shoes fit so that they can safely take part in outside PE lessons.


Written by Miss Stedman

Good Learners Assembly ~ 23rd March

This week, children across Holbrook received awards for their hard work in  subjects across the curriculum. A big thank you to all of the parents who came along to good learners today, to make the event even more special for the children.

Some children were awarded certificates for their work in English, including excellent resilience with handwriting – as well as a special award for always giving their best in all subjects.

Others were presented with certificates for their History writing about their trip to Hampton Court Palace. Fabulous artwork was displayed, including “castle in the sun” while another pupil was rewarded for their excellent Grizzly Bear research homework too.

Reading Champion Certificates were awarded to: Layton W (this comes with a gift voucher too!)

Bronze Reading Certificates were awarded to: Kayleigh C, Jessica D, Alfie L, Lucas, Hannah, Jasmine H-B, Brooke O

Silver Reading Certificates were awarded to: Ruby S, Tom F, Talia, Lucas

Gold Reading Certificates were awarded to: Ruby S, Tobias H, Kevin W, Ben C

Platinum Reading Certificates were awarded to: Ryder J, Kai W, Katie B, Honey P


Housepoints this week were won byHawking (Red) =  522 points

Attenborough (Green) =  216 points

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Aderin-Pocock (Blue) =   348 points

Turing (Yellow) =  243 points

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Rainbow Inclusion Day 2018!

As part of Holbrook’s commitment to be an inclusive school (and in keepingart materials, close-up, color pencil with our Inclusion Quality Mark too) the school held a cake sale, fundraising and singing assembly to mark our Rainbow Day!

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