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]
Today, children across Year 5 and 6 were visited by experts from the Orca conservation charity. These experts provided a really interesting insight into their work, looking after and educating people about how best we can support whales, dolphins and orcas.
Children explored food chains, whale lifestyles and watched amazing footage of feeding on krill. You can watch a video of this feeding here…
Children had an opportunity to handle materials from the conservation trust, including baleen plates, sperm whale teeth and a killer-whale tooth too. Children investigated how large these creatures were, using comparisons to everyday objects… for example, a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car!
A huge thank you to the Orca team for visiting us today and for showing us such a wonderful range of exhibits today and telling us such a fabulous range of information on these creatures… If you want to find out more, visit the orca page here for further information…
[Written by Mr Thorns]
After a busy, productive and exciting start to the school year, children across the school have been awarded certificates for their efforts and hard work across the curriculum.
The assembly began with a makaton signed rendition of “Make Your Own Kind of Music, which you can watch here… Great singing and signing from the school today! Thank you to Mr Moloney for leading the makaton choir.
Good Learners were presented to children from all Year groups, for their efforts in editing and improving, for their excellent Resi-resilience and for one child – fabulous assistance provided to the teacher in lessons!
Other pupils were commended for their improved handwriting, striving to extend their learning and trying their best in sessions.One pupil was also praised for their excellent improvement in their learning and behaviour, stepping up into Year 2 and moving forwards from their previous difficulties.
Team points this week were won by: Aderin-Pocock (Blue) = 753 points
Attenborough (Green) = 744 points
Hawking (Red) = 478 points
Turing (Yellow) = 588 points
[Written by Mr Thorns]
Today. children in the Reception class performed their class assembly to the whole school, with an excellent information about their work in school.
Starfish and Seahorse classes told the school about their work on looking after the duck eggs, as well as their visit to the local farm with Bedenham school too. They also presented their work on SuperPotato – showing us a range of their work and drawings. They explained that the evil pea had stolen their class teddy, which the children then had to use clues to save him!
They also showed us a selection of their superhero outfits, which the Starfish and Seahorses have been wearing in lessons too! They also performed a great song by the “Let’s Go Heroes” which the children sang along to as well.
A brilliant assembly, where children were very brave to speak to the whole school (and their parents) in a very busy school hall. Well done!
[Written by Mr Thorns]
Today, as part of our music day at Holbrook, children across the school had an 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.
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]
What a busy week we have had this week! On Thursday we became knights in training and completed several training activities including jousting, shooting a bow and arrow, rescuing people, practising our sword skills and horse riding skills and doing medieval dancing. We also had a visit from the fire service who taught us all about fire safety and other ways to keep safe. The children got to go in the fire engine and everyone got to have a go at using the hose to put out a pretend fire. On Friday we went to Porchester Castle. We are so proud of how well the children behaved, how resilient they were at coping with the cold weather and how brave they were going all the way to the top of the castle keep. They were true Holbrook heroes! We have our class assembly next Friday where we will be sharing what we have been learning in this topic and some more photos from our school trip. We hope to see you there.