15 Feb

I would like to start this week by sharing with you the students who I’ve presented with a special Head Teacher’s Award..

I am so proud of these students, well done to you all.

Mrs Woodhead used the power of social media last week to ask for donations of dolls and prams. The community generosity was overwhelming and the students have loved playing with them. Mrs Woodhead and her class have this message:

My class would like to say a big thank you to the Carrbrook residents for their kind donations of dolls and prams, and to Mr De La Haye for making our impressive new busy board. As you can see, we love them..

Also, another big thank you to Joseph Parr Building Company for their play sand donation, which was arranged by Ethan and Declan Roberts’ Dad. I just love the community support Hollinwood Academy is getting lately and the smiles on the students’ faces show how grateful we are for all the donations and support.

Let’s see what what our students have been learning, starting with Mr Lawton’s class..

This term in AB4 our topic has been ‘The land before time’ and we have been looking at different kinds of dinosaurs. We have used the dinosaurs to help us in all aspects of our learning, including Maths, Science and even cooking!

In Maths we have continued with our work around counting, matching and number value. The students have used various dinosaur jigsaws to create the full dinosaur of their choice, they have worked hard with this and with some help have been able to extend their language skills and describe some of the features their favourite dinosaurs have..

We have been reading a book called ‘Dinosaur Roar’ in English. The students have been encouraged to make various sounds that are described in the book and have practised predicting the next part and words of this familiar story..

We have used toy dinosaurs to help make our story come to life and the students have enjoyed choosing their favourite dinosaur while reading as a group. They have tried very hard to focus on the book when these distractions are presented!

In Science we have been learning about reactions, cause and effect. We have been making a papier-mâché volcano to link in with our English work and we have tried different ways of making the volcano explode..

We have tried a combination of vinegar, baking soda and food colouring – unfortunately our first experiment didn’t work as well as we would have liked, so we tried again using cola and mentos mints. This time the experiment worked much better and we all enjoyed watching the cola fizz and foam out of the bottle..

We have been hunting for dinosaur bones..

..and painted our own dinosaur footprints..

We continue to work hard in our living skills lesson and have tried this week to button up our shirts for school. As ever, we continue to work on our teeth brushing, our personal hygiene and safety in the community..

We would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Fennelly who has been working with us while Mr Lawton has been away. Mr Lawton has welcomed an extra member to his family, Alyssa, who we got the chance to meet on Friday. After an initial “OH NO! It’s a baby!” there were big smiles and “I would like to hold her,” and we all had a cuddle before she had to go home..

Mr Fennelly would like to thank all the students in AB4 for the hard work and effort they have put into their work while Mr Lawton has been away. I am really proud of each one of you. A big ‘Well done!’ to you all.

Now let’s see what Mr Rawson’s class have been learning this week…

It’s been a different kind of week in the Nurture Class due to the absence of Mr Rawson. However, the children have worked incredibly hard and tried their very best. This week, the children have been doing a lot of learning around friendships. In PSHCE the children worked as a group to categorise what makes a good friend and what makes a bad friend.

In PE the children have been working individually on their hand/eye co-ordination skills..

Finally, in Living Skills the children baked banana cookies. Each child had to measure out their own ingredients and completed an evaluation form at the end of the lesson. Here are the finished products and the children looking very pleased with themselves..

We hope the children have a well-deserved break and a great half term.

Now to Mr Page’s form..

This week the Nurture Group have been looking at manipulating fractions in Maths. In English they have been studying the death of Emmett Till and exploring how writers use language to condemn racial violence, prejudice and injustice. In History this week the students have been exploring crime and punishment while in PSHE they have been learning about the dangers around substance misuse. In Science, the students have been researching four of the most renowned scientists of the 20th century and exploring their discoveries. Meanwhile in Living Skills the group made banana and oat cookies and they were absolutely delicious! The class seem happy and excited for the upcoming half term break.

On Tuesday afternoon and late into the evening, Miss Rudge took a number of primary and secondary students to the Young Voices concert, an unforgettable experience for our students across the Trust. The sheer scale of the event and the combined singing efforts of more than 5,000 children were an inspiration. Thank you to our parents for coming along to the concert and showing your support, I’m sure you were as proud as we were. Miss Rudge tells us more..

Straight after lunch on Tuesday, 4 of our super talented Hollinwood starlets joined Miss Rudge for what was set to be a day and night to remember!!! We teamed up with pupils from Spring Brook and made our way to the Manchester Arena to join over 5000 school pupils from all over the country!! We rehearsed with an amazing musical director and choreographer until we were ready to welcome parents and carers into the huge arena. We sang our hearts out to songs such as ‘Fight Song’ and the ‘Moana medley’! We even got to sing ‘Gold’ along with Tony Hadley! Wow! It was certainly a night to remember. Ciara, Solomon, Ethan and Aaron, we are all SO proud of you at Hollinwood! You were wonderful and made Miss Rudge cry (a lot, in a good way)..

Another first for Hollinwood Academy was a celebration assembly held by Miss Shin’s class for the rest of Key Stage 2 students, families and staff on Wednesday afternoon, as Miss Shin explains..

This week we showcased our learning all about the terrible Tudors and Macbeth to our friends and parents. I was really impressed with all of the children – they acted and sang with confidence, as you can see!

This just shows how far our students have come to be able to stand up confidently and share their work. We have the best students and staff at Hollinwood Academy.

To finish off, Mr Heap would like to share a very special video of James from his class. Myself, Miss Gordon, Miss Williams and Miss Knot were invited to attend a special Attention Autism session led by James on Friday morning. Again, this just shows how the curriculum change has empowered not only our teachers but our students too. I was very proud and equally emotional during James’ session. The students in Mr Heap’s class were so proud of James and his lesson. I would have graded it as OUTSTANDING! Mr Heap and Miss Grimsley’s classes have been accessing Attention Autism on a daily basis within their timetable. Here is Mr Heap to explain how Attention Autism has been embedded within his curriculum..

Attention Autism originates from the idea that successful communication is dynamic, engaging and joyful. We learn best when we work with enthusiasm, motivation and creativity. We remember good times and shared experiences.

Mrs Knaggs has said that, “Attention Autism has been really effective in our class. It has helped the pupils with their focus, spontaneous commenting, anticipation and, above all, it’s fun!”

On Friday James decided that it was his turn to be the teacher and lead our morning attention autism session. He chose his exciting items, planned his sensory objects and was very excited!!!

James led his session in front of all of his class and teachers and even had to remind Mrs Millard that there was, “no talking allowed.”

I would like to thank my amazing staff team for all their support and wish everyone a lovely and restful half term. We hope you like our video!!! 

Now to our amazing SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jacob for excellent work in Maths using balance scales to weigh..

SEAL Superstar: Fatima for asking staff for help when she has a problem..

  • Miss Grimsley’s class:
    Star of the Week: Daniel for following instructions when getting dressed at swimming..

  • Mrs Woodhead’s class:
    Star of the Week: Farrukh for trying hard with her writing
    SEAL Superstar: Renico for big changes in his behaviour..

  • The Homework stars for Chinese New Year are Lewis, Corey and Jacob..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Marley for an outstanding effort with his writing and not giving up
    SEAL Superstar: Joshua for offering to swap his activity in choosing time so his friend could have a turn..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Lucas for doing some fantastic learning in Maths and writing lots of sums using our Chop Sticks Maths work..

SEAL Superstar: Maisha for keeping trying and not giving up on her castle model and reflecting on what she was doing to make it even better..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Charlie for fantastic effort and enthusiasm in our Maths sessions this week..

SEAL Superstar: Brodey and Zachary for being kind to their friends..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week and our new ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is James (well, you’ve seen the video!). We hope you and Meerkat have a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait to hear about your marvellous adventures!
  • Miss Shin’s class:
    Star of the Week: The whole class for taking part in our assembly with confidence – well done everyone!
  • Mr Rawson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Alfie for managing his behaviours during unsettled times
  • Mrs Halkyard’s class:
    ‘Wow!’ moments were earned by Maia, Luke and Daniel

Well done everyone!

I hope you all have a lovely half term. I am looking forward to spending time with my girls. I know that the students who are accessing our Holiday Club have some fantastic activities to look forward to!

I look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday 26th February as school has an INSET training day for staff on Monday 25th February.

Laura

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