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!


Year 5 and 6 Visit to Bedenham to see the one and only …………. GUY BASS!

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 were invited to Bedenham to meet Guy Bass, who is the author of the popular StitchHead and Spynosaur series. The children were eager to meet Guy and in the morning we prepared questions that we could ask him.

 From the minute we arrived, the children were mesmerized by Guy Bass as he talked about how he became a writer and there were many comedy moments as he shared with the children pictures of his youth and explained that he always wanted to be a dinosaur when he grew up. Guy was an incredible comedian and actor and had the whole audience roaring with laughter as he told jokes, shared stories and acted out his childhood.  

If this wasn’t enough, we then listened to Guy reading an extract from Spynosaur. Again, we were fascinated by his fantastic storytelling as he was joined by a volunteer from Bedenham, who dressed up as a dinosaur and the children sat back and enjoyed a performance of his work. The acting was amazing and I am sure the children will enjoy telling you all about the impressive roaring, acting and singing by Guy and the volunteer from Bedenham. 

Finally, the children were provided with an opportunity to ask Guy questions. The children asked some very thought provoking questions and made the most of this experience. Before we headed back to school, the children were able to buy a book and Guy signed the books. We hope the children enjoyed their experience with Guy and they continue to read and enjoy his books for years to come. We hope the children are inspired and continue to read for pleasure!

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Miss Price and Miss Ruchat


Year 5 Spring 2 Newsletter

Welcome back to another fun half term in year 5! It certainly promises to be an exciting one, with our trip to Hampton Court Palace on the 16th March and Up for it Juniors coming to visit school on 21st March to discuss university options.

Our lead topic this term is History where we will be focussing on the Tudors and how they came to power through battle and feud.  We will find out what Henry VIII was like as a king and why he had so many wives.  We will explore what life was like for the Tudors and how it is different from our lives today.

The history theme will loosely follow into our English learning where we will be exploring the play Romeo and Juliet.  We will explore the main themes within the play and be writing some balanced arguments about whether Romeo should have been banished for his actions.  In Guided Reading we will also be looking at Macbeth, another Shakespeare play, to be able to compare the stories and see how amazing they are.

In music on a Thursday, we will be practising our singing techniques by exploring the story of The Tempest (another Shakespearian master piece).  We will be reading the story through song and using our voices to express emotion.

PE will also have a Tudor feel.  We will be exploring Tudor dance and using body movements to express a story.  The inspiration for this dance unit is the portraiture of the Tudor era.   We will still be outside on a Thursday though, so please ensure that you have warm clothes and appropriate footwear.

We hope that you are looking forward to this term as much as we are!

Good Learners Assembly – January 26th!

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.

This excellent work included some superb poetry on Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake poem – watch it here! Other children were presented with certificates for their writing of an African folk tale, including using unknown words and not giving up! Some children had even done further writing work at home to consolidate their Year 6 work, showing great dedication. Other children completed writing based on the Piano work in Year 5, while children in KS1 were presented with awards for being welcoming to children from Bedenham who joined pupils for an African drumming concert!

At the same time, other children were awarded certificates for their reading at home…

Bronze Reading Certificates were awarded to: Layla S, Maisie A and Liam H

Silver Reading Certificates were awarded to: William G


Housepoints this week were won byHawking (Red) = 423 points

Attenborough (Green) = 275 points

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Aderin-Pocock (Blue) =  375 points

Turing (Yellow) = 325 points

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Good Learners Assembly ~ January 19th 2018

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.

This excellent work included perseverance in Maths working with averages and solving problems, labeling skeletons in Science, improving their handwriting and concentrating exceptionally well in lessons.

At the same time, other children were awarded certificates for their reading at home…

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