Mayor Making – Team Captain’s Visit!

                         Holbrook’s Mayor Making Visit – May 2017

Did you see the Team Captains leave Holbrook? Did you notice our ‘Mayor Bear’ badges? Want to fine out more? Then, just keep on reading!

Why were we going?

Holbrook’s wonderful team captains have been given the experience to watch one of our Gosport Council members to be elected as the Mayor of Gosport. On Wednesday 17th of May 2017, Holbrook’s Team Captains (representing Holbrook) traveled with Bedenham’s Team Captains to watch the Mayor Making ceremony of Mrs Batty. How delightful…

The Ceremony:

It was very rainy by the time we got there! Muddy and wet! We all got wet! Once we entered, we noticed at the back a row of chairs set up for three schools: our federation and another school. In front was two groups, separated with a wide pathway for our future Mayor to walk through. As time went by, more and more people entered and the room was getting crowded. Did I mention the band? While people walked in, a group of music players were playing tunes to occupy the waiting viewers. I had to admit, the wait was pretty boring, but the tunes did lighten me up!

  

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Hampshire Music Taster Assembly!

As part of the Hampshire Music workshops, this morning’s assembly was filled with the sound of buzzing, whirring and musical notes as two teachers from Hampshire Music Service entertained, amused and informed children across the school with their musical talents!

Using real instruments (as well as hosepipes and funnels) the staff played a whole host of different tunes. Learning about woodwind and brass instruments, pupils learnt their names and also how they worked too. This included how to change the pitch on the instruments, from low notes of the French horn to higher pitches on the flute!

Famous tunes being played included Jurassic Park, Beauty and the Beast and Pink Panther, showing off exactly what these amazing instruments could do!

Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of the assembly and the fantastic music being shown!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Maths Morning – from Mrs Landon!

Maths Morning Thursday 30th March 2017

Who knew we had so many clever mathematicians at Holbrook Primary School? Well, we certainly found out during our Maths morning on Thursday.

The children had hand written some very neat invitations asking parents and carers to come in and share ‘how we do maths these days’…. and what a turnout we had! Image result for maths

Some of the teachers spent a very quick half hour showing the parents the different strategies and methods we use to help children understand maths and number system and why we teach their children these methods. I think I could say quite confidently that some parents went away understanding much more how it has changed since we were at school and how they can help their children more at home. Many, many thanks for the show of support – we were slightly surprised but thrilled to see so many of you.

Once this had finished, the parents made their way into class and joined their children as part of the lesson. There was a lot of problem solving going on which certainly challenged some of the adults (teachers included) as well as the children. As usual, there was a lot of talk between everyone which is to be expected when discussing problems and hearing the mathematical language being used was an added bonus.

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Rainbow Inclusion Day – Sing, Dance, Include…

As part of the school’s ongoing celebration of the diversity here at Holbrook (including our recently awarded IQM inclusion mark) the school devoted an entire day to Rainbow Inclusion Day. Staff and children dressed up for the event in rainbow colours, sporting all kinds of weird and wacky outfits, while a great cake sale was held at breaktime with some of the most intricately decorated and wonderfully coloured cakes you could imagine!

Fully fuelled with delicious cake, a special assembly was then held for the entire school, where we were also joined by the Makaton signing choir from Osborne Special School in Winchester. Their school students can be seen performing here, with Mr Moloney and Mrs Sivier accompanying them!

Children at Holbrook then performed their own songs, using Makaton signing along with the lyrics…

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Maths Open Morning at Holbrook!

Last week saw parents and carers from across the school visit us for an Open Maths Morning, joining Image result for mathstheir children in lessons and learning a little bit about what Maths lessons are like here at Holbrook.

First, parents were offered an opportunity to see some of the methods taught to pupils at the school, before joining their children in lessons and working alongside them through the morning. Children were delighted to be sharing their methods and learning with their friends and family, with several parents jointly teaching the children alongside the staff, while others learnt a new trick or two with their calculations!

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Emergency Services Day!

On Thursday 30th March, Starfish class had visits from a Policewoman, a Paramedic and a team of Firefighters.

In the morning, we found out about Police Officers and Paramedics. We looked at their uniform and their vehicles. We were all lucky enough to sit in the vehicles. The children loved getting into the ambulance via the electronic ramp.

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Year 5 and 6 Macbeth Workshop!

“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

Did you know that it has just been Shakespeare week? Shakespeare is one of the most famous writers and in Year 6 we have been studying his play ‘Macbeth’. We were intrigued by Lady Macbeth’s powers of persuasion over her husband and so we wrote a persuasive speech from her point of view, encouraging Macbeth to kill the king.

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