Today in assembly, the hall was filled with generous donations from children and parents across our school community, who have been donating produce and goods to our school, so that we can pass this on to the Caring Hands Charity. This is to help people in our local area who have less than we do. If you would like to find out more about this charity, look at their website here…
Year 5 and 6 started the new academic year with a trip to the Winchester Science Museum on 25th September 2018. After a quick trip up the motorway, we arrived ready to experience the Planetarium and take part in the Sound workshops.
There was so much there to touch, pull, push, run along that it was extremely difficult to decide what to do first. Fortunately, the decision was made for us as the guide showed us into the planetarium. This was amazing. The lights went down and we could see the night sky above us. Luke pointed out the North Star, the different constellations and how stories were made up about them. We zoomed in and out of the Galaxy (a little bit disconcerting..and stomach churning!) to look at some of the other planets. We learnt so interesting facts, for example, if we wanted to travel to Mars, it would take six months to travel there and there would be no return trip!
After this, we were able to visit the new space area. This was full of exciting and wonderful exhibits. Some of us were able to step into an actual spacesuit, walk in a room that was an optical illusion and see how the planets rotate around each other. We were able to talk from side of the room to another through a large tube reminding us of the cups and strings we had made back at school.
Next was a quick lunch and then we started our Sound workshops. We were shown two metal poles – one longer than the other. The teachers heated up the poles and then turned them over. They made low and high notes. Do you know which one made which noise? We do! We also put strange hats on our heads and tried to work out where the sound was coming from. This was much more difficult than it sounds. The tubes on the hats seem to distort the sound and represented how animal’s hearing has evolved over time.
All in all, it was a great trip with many children asking to go back again…..and soon!
[Written by Mrs Landon]
In an important celebration assembly, children from across the school were awarded certificates for their hard work in lessons across the curriculum.
Some were awarded praise and certificates for their hard work counting in Maths, for their skills in addition and multiplication and for their diligence in never giving up and working hard with others.
Equally, some children were awarded certificates for their resilience and stickability, with tasks that were hard and needed children to persevere. One pupil had even written a letter to their teacher, asking if they could help others in the class in the role of a “classroom assistant” such was their keenness to help their classmates to improve! Another was presented with an award for stepping in at the last moment to save her class assembly after another child wasn’t available to play their part.
Housepoints this week were won by: Attenborough (Green) =.583 points
Hawking (Red) = 391 points
Aderin-Pocock (Blue) = 429 points
Turing (Yellow) = 411 points
THE OVERALL WINNER FOR HOUSEPOINTS THIS YEAR WAS… Attenborough (Green) ~ who will be wearing their non-uniform on Monday. Well done!
[Written by Mr Thorns]
This morning, children across the school received awards for their excellent efforts and achievements in learning throughout the curriculum.
Some were awarded certificates for their hard work in Maths and their efforts in writing too. Other children were praised for their hard work supporting others with their handwriting, offering advice to their class mates. Children in Year R also attended again today, celebrating their hard work with other children from their class. Pupils were also praised for their hard work in spellings as well as stepping up to the challenge of showing increased maturity in Year 6’s absence as they are away on their Wales adventure… (if you’d like to read what they are upto, click here…)
Reading certificates were presented to:
Bronze: Ruby A-S, Jasmine R, Erys C, Taylor M, Kai D, Tye H & Katie C.
Silver: Chrisse F, Liam H, Alesha D, Ashton H, Imogen H, Layla S, Rebecca R, Ryder J & Kai D
Gold: Serenity A, Isabelle S & Hannah!
Housepoints this week have not been collected, as Year 6 are in Wales!
Hello from Fairthorne
We all woke up to blue skies and sunshine this morning which made a nice change after the rain. First activities were the crate challenge and vertical assault course. The assault course was great, and lots of us managed to reach the top which was no means feat. The crate challenge was good too and lots of us conquered our fears and stood on at least 8 crates.
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Bye for now, from all at Fairthorne!
[Written by Mrs Dudley and Mr Thorns]
Hello from Fairthorne!
Well as the sun has set on another fabulous day at the camp, children have had a fun filled day of adventurous pursuits, from outdoor den building and obstacle courses to an amazing session of indoor archery to hone their accuracy and bow skills!
The day began a little damp and windy, but nothing could dampen the Holbrook spirit from creating some magnificent woodland structures to shelter from a “storm” – whereby an instructor threw a large canister of water to “test” each of the dens! Much laughing and screaming were heard in equal measures!
Alongside this, the children also conducted teamwork games, working together and collaborating on several problems testing their initiative too! A lunch of giant warm sausage rolls and winter soup warmed everyone, ready for the outdoor obstacle course! This muddy-marathon of tires, barriers, a giant spiders web and swing rope over a swamp was enjoyed by all, with children throwing themselves in (literally) to each of the tasks. Parents would have been so proud – albeit they might have been shocked at how much mud, leaves and twigs could stick to their children! A great activity, with a highlight being the children cheering Mason R onwards as he beat Mr Burt around the course. Mason even stopped for a cheeky celebratory wave as he Tarzan’ed to victory over the gloopy swamp on a rope swing!
Other special mentions are deserved for Charlie and Reagan’s splashes into the swamp and Harvey’s superb shot knocking a ten-pin skittle off of a target from 15m away! Disco night tonight, after a hearty meal of meatballs and pasta with chocolate brownies to finish.
A huge thank you also to all you parents, who have provided such excellently prepared kit and resources, which have allowed the children to complete their activities come rain or shine. This has been exceptionally appreciated by the staff and instructors too.
Goodbye for now, from all at Fairthorne!
[Written by Mr Thorns & Mrs Dudley]
Good evening from Fairthorne!
Day 2 started wet and grey but a breakfast of sausages and hash browns soon raised our spirits. Group 1 headed off for the zip wire while group 2 went into the woods to find insects. The rain continued but everyone was doing their best to be their best and challenge themselves to attempt the zip wire, then the abseiling wall and finally the climbing wall.
Even Mr Burt abseiled and climbed the wall. Mrs Dudley and Mrs Ingledew were very busy taking photos!!