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 6 Spring Newsletter.

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back to school after a soggy half term. I am looking forward to the first signs of spring and some nicer weather.

Last half term was very busy after the Christmas break. Year 4 children were amazing ambassadors for the school on their residential at Fairthorne Manor, they were adventurous and keen to try lots of new things whether it was abseiling or carrot and coriander soup! Year 6 wowed their parents with some excellent monster dance and their gruesome Frankenstein writing. Year 2 showed their charitable nature and held a sale for ??? following their work looking at life in Kenya raising £nnnn. Year 3 were exploring life at Hogwarts and producing some excellent newspaper articles and diary entries written as either a witch or wizard. Some even tried to write as Draco Malfoy. Meanwhile, Year 5 have been exploring what it is like in Space and writing some haikus about getting old! They are well worth a read. Year 1 have been busy learning about African animals and enjoying the drum workshops along with the Year 1 classes at Bedenham. Finally, Year R have been celebrating Chinese New Year and enjoying ordering meals at their in class Chinese take away. They have been practising their chop sticks skills too!

This half term promises to be just as busy! Please enjoy the newsletters blogs to read more about what your child has been getting up to and what is coming up for them this half term.

I look forward to seeing lots of you in school again this half term, your support is very important to your children.

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School.

Welcome back after our half term holiday where I hope everyone enjoyed the rest from all the hard work we have completed so far in a very busy start to 2018.

We ended the half term with our ‘Monster afternoon’ which despite the cold, we all enjoyed. As one parent wrote, “It’s nice to see them smiling and enjoying themselves. Always a pleasure to be invited into school.”

We start this half term with Book week during which we hope that you will be able to join us for the ‘Tea and Read’ on Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm. This will give you (and the children) time  to share favourite stories whilst having a cuppa! Another exciting event during Book week was our visit to Bedenham school to meet the author, Guy Bass. This gave the children the opportunity to discuss how he creates his books and where he receives his ideas.

Maths will continue to cover the curriculum and working hard on applying their mathematical knowledge. Please do practise the times tables with your children as it has been proved how important it is for the children to know these fluently. It is not just knowing them in order but also being able to use connected facts eg if I know 3 x 2 = 6, I also know……

Within English, the children will be writing newspaper articles about the amazing tightrope walker Philippe Petit. They will research the aerialist to support their writing and will be amazed by his death-defying stunts. Alongside their English, they will be reading the book Boy in the Tower and linking themes and symbols with other books that they have read.

After a very successful Tag Rugby coaching by Mr Gander last half term, we will now be developing our tennis skills alongside orienteering – so they can find the balls when they have hit them too hard!! PE is on a Monday and Wednesday so please ensure that their PE kit is in school.

On Thursday 1st March 2018, we’ll be holding a Parent meeting to explain more about the SATs process and what will be expected of the children. You will be able to see some past papers and we can give you some hints of how to make this as a stress-free occasion as possible.

On Thursday 8th March 2018 at 3.30pm, there will be a Sex and Relationship Education meeting for parents. During this time, we will share the resources that we use when presenting this programme so that you can discuss any questions that you may have. This will be held in either Dolphin or Orca Class.

We will also be holding a Wales meeting in the next few weeks.

As the last half term was so short, we will be continuing to cover Mountains in geography, Sound in Science and developing a Kendal Mint Cake style for people to eat while climbing those cold mountains!

Maths and Reading boosters will continue during this half term. They will run from 2.30 until 3.15 on a Wednesday and we would really appreciate it if the children who have been invited, do attend. They have been put in place to boost the children’s confidence ahead of the SATs.

Just a quick reminder:

  • Homework is handed out on a Friday, to be handed in on the following Wednesday
  • Daily reading for at least 10 minutes. Remember to have your book signed
  • Practice your times tables and related facts.

Thank you again for your continued support – we really do appreciate it as I am sure your children do too.


Year Six Reading for Pleasure

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As we have been celebrating book week, Year Six have been focussing on reading for pleasure. We have explored our favourite authors, genres and illustrators by sharing our chosen books. We swapped books and swapped again to read a new author and a new style of writing to encourage us to explore a variety of books when reading. We shared our favourite stories with each other and explained the characters, settings and plots and the reasons why these books were our favourites. We know that good readers become good writers, just like Guy Bass!



Monster Afternoon

Our ‘Monster Afternoon’ got off to a very scary start with Year 6 changing into monster movers. Both classes danced in front of their parents frightening most if not all of them! There are some very talented gymnasts who seem to make back walkovers seem incredibly easy whilst others pulled particularly zombie-like faces. With the decorated masks on the back of their heads, the whole effect would have gone down well in any monster movie. Well done all and many thanks to Mr Plow for choreographing the whole thing.

Once our hearts had returned to normal, the classes split with Dolphins leading their parents off to share the stories that they had written about Frankenstein. Along with the gruesome instructions on how to build their own monsters, the children read with great enthusiasm using the tone of their voices to make it sound even more frightening.

While Dolphins were in the warmth, Orcas were outside in the sun (with a chill factor of at least -30 degrees – or at least it felt like it!), showing off their rugby skills. It is amazing to see how far both classes have come on. Some of the children have shown a particular aptitude to the game and possibly there could be some future England players amongt them?? After a while, both classes swapped much to the delight of the parents! A big thank you to Mr Gander who had given up his free time to come in and coach – he did a brilliant job.

Thank you so much to those parents who were able to join us on yet another very successful afternoon. As one parent said, ” Really enjoyed the show, all the children looked as if they were really enjoying themselves.”

We look forward to seeing you again during Book Week.

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]