08 Mar

What a very busy and productive week we have had at Hollinwood Academy! Mrs Nuttall and Miss Sanderson took two of our Year 10 students on a three day trip to the Battlefields in France, which was an amazing opportunity for Thomas and Jack. We have also seen stages 3 and 4 of Attention Autism, World Book Day, Immersive Sensory Room visits, careers events and ‘Disco Friday’.

I would like to start this week’s blog by sharing with you the work that Miss Meadows’ class have been doing..

In KS3LMS, we have been busy this term working hard and we wanted to showcase some of the fantastic things we have been doing. We have all developed so much during our time in this class and Miss Meadows is having fun learning about new educational apps that she can teach the students to use in our lessons.

The 1:1 iPad initiative has been a fantastic addition to Hollinwood and one that our class has fully embraced. We have used two new educational apps this week, one is called ‘Shadow Puppet’, we used this to retell a short story that we have been working on called ‘The Enormous Crocodile’. The example video below shows you how the app allows you to voice record and our students take to these new apps fantastically to show off their skills..

The other app that we have used this week is called ‘Toontastic’, we used this to create scenes to retell the life of Buddha as we have started Buddhism this half-term..

These apps allow our students to be fully creative and unique in their approach to a task. Our students really embody what new technology is all about, they are very engaged in their learning and help each other on the exciting technological journey that we are on here.

Miss Meadows is very proud of one of our students who is participating in the TV Club with Mr Bright. Harrison has been working hard this week to prepare some videos to show you to promote what we have been working on in class. He has made a video of when we went outside in the nice weather to do Living Skills which involved completing tasks that we found relaxing..

The other video is summarising our RE lesson this week and shows what a fantastic effort we have all made..

Harrison has made these using iMovie and he often offers to help others with the iPads in lessons and around school. Well done, Miss Meadows is very proud of you!

Our class have been teaming up with Miss Parkinson’s class to complete some peer to peer Maths interventions sessions. The purpose of these sessions is for both the mentee and mentor to gain confidence and deeper mathematical understanding of concepts that we are studying. The children involved in this intervention have made fantastic progress and we are very proud of every single one of them! This week, one of our fantastic secondary students, Thomas Cockcroft, filmed one of our sessions and some interviews with members of the intervention. We think you will agree that there is a lot of talent in these classes and Miss Meadows would like to thank Thomas for capturing it in such a fantastic way!

The students have also been attending an intervention which helps them to build emotional resilience and helps them with mindfulness. It has given us a lot of time to think about how we are mindful and taught us strategies that help us with our learning. We have enjoyed playing games and have become fantastic friends in our time in intervention..

Moving on to Science, we started an electronic circuits topic this term and we have worked hard to learn what parallel and series circuits look like. We have focused on learning the components of a circuit, how to build these circuits and how to use the component symbols to draw our own circuits correctly. Everyone agreed that we had worked very hard and had enjoyed our learning. We also talked a lot about electronic safety and how to ensure that we were safe at all times!

I would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Moss who has been working very closely with Miss Wheeler to show her how to lead a Lego Therapy group. Our class has started to do this in small groups and they have really enjoyed being the builder, supplier, engineer and director. They found it hard at first to not ask to look at the instructions and pictures but we are definitely gaining some positive results and having a lot of fun too! Charlie is also enjoying his Lego interventions and it is supporting him and all class members to integrate as one..

This week we celebrated World Book Day and Miss Meadows took Mr Heap’s class to share some reading time with Miss Collinge’s class. They read together beautifully and had a fantastic time in their PJs. A massive thank you to Miss Shin who encouraged us to bring blankets, teddies and out favourite books! Miss Meadows was inspired to download some e-books to enjoy this weekend!

Lastly, I would like to say a massive well done to Ellie who started her extra swimming lessons this week! The positive change in her attitude and the progress she has made this week in Swimming has been infectious and the staff team are so proud of her! She tackled her worries with an amazing can-do attitude and it paid off massively. It was so nice to see her swimming (LENGTHS) with a smile on her face – what an amazing achievement! The class are all proud of you Ellie, well done!

It has been a fantastic few months in our class and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all our hard work!

Well done to Miss Meadows’ class and a huge congratulations to Ellie – you are a superstar. I must draw attention to the peer to peer video too. I am extremely proud of all of the students who feature in the peer to peer video and of the fact that Thomas, from Year 10, filmed, edited and produced the video. Louise Needham, Director of Maths across the Trust, has shared this video with numerous Maths leads and received some fantastic feedback:

‘Thanks so much for sharing Louise, I loved watching this! I’m a couple of steps removed from the most important people in the Maths Hubs Programme – the children – and this was a wonderful reminder. May I share it with the wider NCETM team?’ ~ Gaynor Bahon, Maths NW Regional Lead

‘Thanks for sharing this. Certainly made me smile this morning’ ~ Alison Hopper, Assistant Director (Primary) for NCETM

‘Hello, this video is amazing! Would we be ok using it in training and linking on our new website?!’ ~ Sarah Coldbeck, Nw2 Maths Hub lead

The film has also been shared with our connections at Apple, who are again thrilled with our students and the work they do.

On Thursday it was World Book Day. The students and staff were invited to come to school in their pyjamas for the day, as Miss Shin explains..

The theme of World Book Day this year was ‘Bedtime Stories’. We all came to school in our pyjamas and brought our favourite teddies and stories to share..

In class, we read ‘The Tunnel’ – a story about a boy and girl who discover a mysterious tunnel..

We crawled through our own tunnel and used our senses to generate powerful adjectives to describe what we could see, feel and smell. We wondered what might be at the other end of the tunnel and used our imaginations to create a fantasy world..

We wrote stories to match our illustrations..

Later, we went to Oasis Academy with Miss Parkinson’s class to their immersive room. The immersive room is a sensory experience which allows you to transport to other worlds. We went on a dinosaur adventure and also shared some stories – they even glowed under the UV light!

All our primary classes thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day and sharing their favourite bedtime stories, including Mrs Lomax’s class..

As Miss Shin mentioned, Hollinwood Academy has started working with Oasis Academy Limeside primary school and a number of our students had the opportunity of visiting their amazing immersive sensory room. Four classes from Key Stage 2 braved the weather in their World Book Day pyjamas to experience all of the amazing features the sensory room has. We were all very excited!! We all had a brilliant time experiencing the 4D technology with the different temperatures, scents, lights, sounds, vibrating floors and even smoke! We are also pleased to announce that Hollinwood Academy will be able to access the sensory room on a weekly basis!

Earlier in the week, our reception children enjoyed making their own pancakes on Shrove Tuesday..

Today some of our Key Stage 4 students attended a careers carousel event which was hosted by First Choice Homes in Oldham. The students split into teams and participated in a number of short activities such as designing a plan for a new housing estate being built in Oldham, CV and work experience workshops and discussions on a range of careers that are available within First Choice Homes..

The pupils even got to have a go at tiling!

As part of our mental health and well-being initiatives at Hollinwood Academy, we have introduced ‘Disco Friday’ for some of our primary students. During the week, the students make song requests to the resident DJ, Mr Stone. This was a great success this week and I cannot wait for next Friday’s open air disco..

Let’s see what Miss Grimsley’s class have been doing this week…

In Miss Grimsley’s class this term the children have been accessing attention autism on a daily basis. Attention autism is a fun, creative intervention which aims to develop spontaneous verbal and non verbal communication and to increase attention and engagement on adult led activities. The children thoroughly enjoy attention autism and get very excited when it’s about to start. This half term we have started phase 3 which involves the children joining in with the activity at the front. They have all engaged throughout the lesson, done some amazing turn taking and above all had lots of FUN!

This week on Thursday it was World Book Day – bedtime stories. We were all excited to come to school in our pyjamas and to bring our favourite books. Some of the children even brought their favourite cuddly toys. In the afternoon, Mrs Lomax’s class joined our class to read us their favourite books and the children tried really hard to sit and listen to their stories..

During our relaxation time the children have accessed Tac Pac. Tac Pac is a sensory lesson that combines the sense of touch and music through social interaction. It helps the children to relax, use their senses and develop their communication skills. The children love this activity and really enjoy listening to the music and exploring the sensory objects..

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

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Ebon for good behaviour at the zoo and working hard in topic..

SEAL Superstar:  Jacob for thinking about the different phonics sounds whilst reading a new word..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: George for trying something new and eating all of his school dinner..

SEAL Superstar: Andie for talking about her fears and being extremely brave in swimming..

  • Mrs Woodhead’s class:
    Star of the Week: Madison for making a big effort to share and be kind..

SEAL Superstar: Renico for trying really hard with his work this week..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Vincent for doing some fantastic reading, especially during World Book Day..

  • SEAL Superstar: Thomas for sharing that he finds being tickled helps him to relax!

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Essah for doing some fantastic Maths work identifying tenths..

SEAL Superstar: the whole class for being able to identify their talents

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week and ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is Lewis for good behaviour and good listening. Lewis has also been communicating more often with staff this week. 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: Nathan for working hard in Maths
    SEAL Superstar: Amelia and Jayden for being a good friend
  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    Star of the Week: Luke for completing extra Maths challenges and working hard
    SEAL Superstar: Daley for finding alternative ways to relax and respond to stress
  • Rhys got a ‘WOW!’ moment for swimming a length of the pool without arm bands
  • Star of the Week: Luke for completing extra Maths challenges and working hard
    Rhys got a ‘WOW!’ moment for swimming a length of the pool without arm bands

I presented a special certificate this week. Liv has worked very hard to achieve her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and we are all very proud of her..

Well done everyone!

Next week, we will hear from Mrs Nuttall, Miss Sanderson, Thomas and Jack on their three day trip to the Battlefields in France. They have had an amazing but equally exhausting time.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,


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