22 Mar

This week we have seen Primary take part in Science week, a full Governors meeting, ‘Rock your Socks’ Day, a Choral Speaking event, more successful trips to Limeside School to the Sensory room and Prince William Award sessions.

Miss Shin and Miss Collinge’s classes represented Hollinwood Academy in Oldham’s annual Choral Speaking Festival event on Thursday morning at the Oldham Coliseum. The parents and staff who attended were so proud of our students who took part, as Miss Shin explains..

Hollinwood Academy were invited to take part in Oldham’s Choral Speaking Festival at the Colesium. My class and Miss Collinge’s class were asked to represent the school. The children performed two poems; ‘The Dragon Who Ate Our School’ and their own adapted version of ‘Please Mrs Butler’..

We are so proud of all the children who stood up and performed brilliantly. They should each have received a special postcard from Miss Williams who was so impressed, not only with their performance but with their confidence too..

Well done everyone!

On Thursday, we also took part in ‘Rock your Socks Day’ to celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day. The students and staff were invited to wear odd socks for a £1 donation to support our local Down’s Syndrome charity and raise awareness. We raised £80 and had lots of odd socks as you can see..

Let’s see what Mr Corrigan’s class have been doing this week…

In Maths this half term the class have been looking at fractions. We have been identifying and writing fractions of numbers and objects..

In Yoga this week we have been working with partners to complete our circuit..

In Science this half term we have been looking at the structure of animals, in particular, embryo development. We used the Immersive Room last week to imagine what it would be like to be a chick growing inside an egg..

In Literacy we have been using ‘Talk for Writing’ to recount our Blackpool Zoo trip. We have used actions and story maps to inform our writing..

Now Miss Rudge has lots of work to share with us..

Such a wonderfully busy week in Creative Arts…where to start?!…

Arts Award: So, lots of pupils across Key Stage 3 and 4 have now completed Discover Arts Award in both Art and Drama!! WOOHOO!!!! This is a massive achievement for all involved! Everyone has worked so hard and I couldn’t be more proud! Our certificates are being printed as we speak! Well done Key Stage 3 and 4! 

Key Stage 1 have been busy working on creating our wonderful ‘Creative Fairy Tales’ in Art. Every week we are introducing a new character. We have already created the background to our ‘Fairy Tale lands’ and have begun work on adding our Frog Princes. I can’t wait to see the finished pieces! Well done Key Stage 1!

Key Stage 2 have been working towards creating some beautiful ‘Collage Poems’ in Art..

We started a few weeks back by partaking in ‘inspiration walks’. We looked at the beautiful nature all around us, paying close attention to the shapes, colours, patterns, shapes and lines found in our natural environment. We collected small branches that had fallen and used these as part of our next step…

We wrapped our twigs in cotton and wool and even added some beads to spell out or name or initials..

In the next couple of weeks, we will collage various materials together, adding our ‘nature inspired’ poems to create what are set to be beautiful pieces of Art to contribute towards our Arts Awards. Well one Key Stage 2, you are all amazing and creating some beautiful pieces..

During Art, Key Stage Three and Four have been working hard on a very special project! We have been discussing Political and Social Art and the things that are most important to us..

Each pupil has chosen a key social or political issue to focus on, something that they believe is most important. This project has been so beautiful. As a teacher, I always love understanding our pupils more every day and this project has reminded me just how lucky I am to be able to teach our wonderful young people. The level of maturity and passion shown over the last few weeks has been unbelievable and I can’t wait for us to come together in creating our Mini ‘Hollinwood protest. Together, we are bringing our passions for change together in a gentle display of ‘getting our voice across’. Our young people are fabulous and really are going to change the world…

During Dance, we have been following a dance scheme based on ‘The Greatest Showman’. We started by understanding the importance of ‘warming-up and cooling-down’ in Dance and what happens to our bodies when we exercise. We have since followed Teacher Choreography to songs featured in the show including; ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Come Alive.’ Pupils are challenged to choreograph their own routines in the next few weeks in order to perform their Dance Assessments. I am very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful routines be performed! Well done to everyone! Lots of rewards received this week too!

Our GCSE Art pupils are hard at work for our upcoming externally set assignment. I am so impressed with the commitment and talent shown this week from our GCSE pupils and I can’t wait to show you all just what we have been working on. Keep your eyes peeled in our future blog posts. (Sorry I can’t provide pictures: I’d love too but it’s against AQA guidelines.)

A big well done to all our young people at Hollinwood who are hard at work rehearsing for our upcoming production of ‘The Greatest Show’ Tickets are now available here. Please speak to Miss Rudge or reception if you have any questions regarding the production. This really is set to be…THE Greatest Show!

A few weeks ago, we were joined by the extremely talented Amber from Manchester Metropolitan University. Amber is currently in her third year of an Art degree and wanted to work alongside our super talented pupils at Hollinwood as part of very special project entitled ‘Discover, Explore, Autism’. Amber delivered a series of super cool Art workshops over 2 weeks at Hollinwood. All the work produced will be displayed in a very special exhibition at the University on the 3rd of April. Amber and the organisers have chosen to raise funds for Hollinwood Academy as part of the event and we are absolutely blown away by the amazing gesture. Thank you MMU! Posters advertising the event will be on display in reception next week.

This week, Miss Parkinson has worked hard to co-ordinate Science week for our Primary students. Let’s see what they have been up to..

This week has seen Hollinwood Academy celebrate Science Week!

This year’s theme has been ‘Journeys’ and I have to say it has been amazing to see all the fun and creative ways this has been explored throughout primary…

Down in EYFS the children have enjoyed learning about Dian Fossey and her ‘journey’ living with gorillas and the valuable knowledge she gained from this. We would show you pictures but that would spoil a surprise… 

Miss Grimsley’s class have been looking at the journey of lava travelling down a volcano, they’ve used their attention autism sessions to explore this using lots of different reactions..

As you have already seen earlier in this blog, Mr Corrigan’s class have been looking at the journey of life of a chicken. They used the ‘immersive room’ to experience how a chick grows inside an egg.

Mr Heap’s class have explored ‘floating and sinking’ and the journey that sinking items take to get to the bottom! They’ve also explored journeys in lots of different ways during attention autism sessions..

My class fully enjoyed looking at the journeys that paper aeroplanes and helicopters take!

I have to say I am soo proud of all the students and staff for their enthusiasm in this year’s Science Week. It has been such a pleasure to see and hear all the children engaged and listen to their enquiry skills flourish..

We finished off the week with an assembly dedicated to female scientists and their contributions to Science. Mrs Lomax’s class loved exploring all the activities on offer..

Here’s to next years!

At Hollinwood Academy, some of our classes at Primary and Secondary take part in the Prince William Award. The Prince William Award helps our students build their character, resilience and confidence to empower them to “be their best”. There are five key themes within the award: Personal Development, Relationships, Working Together, Community and Environment. These themes enable our students to develop an understanding of their individual character, their character within a team and developing leadership and responsibility. I would like to share with you their learning this week.

Miss McMurray’s form have been learning to look after others’ physical and emotional needs.

The session began with their weekly check in then moved to their warm up with map jigsaw and zoom. This exercised the students’ teamwork, optimism and resilience. They then discussed how they can support each other emotionally and then physically and then spoke about DRSABC, what it means and how to conduct it. DRSABCD stands for:

  • Danger
  • Response
  • Send for help
  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Defibrillator

The students then practised how to treat a bleeding casualty by bandaging each other. The students were great whilst displaying trust, confidence and optimism. They then watched a video on CPR and hands only CPR, as a point of interest.

It was great to see the class embraced the ethos behind caring for each other well, especially James who participated excellently during discussions. It is fantastic to see and hear that our students are learning about such crucial life skills.

The Key Stage 2 students were learning to use their bodies and be healthier.

The session got off to a great start and all the students joined in whilst displaying caring and being kind. They then moved on to conducted ball passes, where the students split into two teams and had to move the ball using different methods, whilst displaying teamwork, co-operation, being kind and physical health. The students continued their healthy movement theme by playing Wizards, Giants and Elves. The students moved in to two teams and battled it out as the aforementioned creatures, displaying passion and optimism. To finish off, Maia led the classes in a game of Zombies. It is lovely to see the students working together as a team and Maia confidently leading a game for her peers.

Each term, the school’s Executive and Senior Leadership Team meet with the full Governing Body. This week, the meeting took place on Wednesday after school. I really enjoy these meeting as I get to share the impact and outcomes of our students and share some amazing work and practices with governors. I was able to share in depth the detail from the curriculum boards and the Governors were highly impressed with my curriculum leads and the impact they are having in their specialist areas for the students and school. We have also embedded the subject leadership role and developed leadership skills in specific teachers and this was evident to see in the meeting. One of our priorities is to continue to develop the knowledge of governors on school information and to develop the character of school and its curriculum. Over the Summer period, we will be implementing a programme of visits for governors to the school so they can see what happens day to day at Hollinwood Academy. A very productive two hours had by all.

As I mentioned in my blog last week, two of our staff members, Mr Heap and Mrs Dunsdon, were nominated for one of POINT’s ‘Passion for Parents Awards’ and invited to the Award Ceremony on Friday night. I am delighted to tell you that Mr Heap was presented with the award after being nominated by several parents:

Mr Heap would like to pass on his thanks..

It was a privilege to be nominated and attend the fantastic evening. It was a pleasure to see so many passionate, enthusiastic and hard working people that are constantly aiming to achieve the best for all our young people. I would like to thank POINT for their continuous hard work, all of the amazing parents and our inspirational young people.

I would finally like to thank my amazing class team, Hollinwood Academy and everyone within the New Bridge Group. It is great to work within such an amazing organisation that puts the young people at the forefront of everything.

Congratulations to Mr Heap and to all the nominees – they are all winners in my eyes!

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

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jacob for being able to recall lots of facts about Dian Fossey for his work in Science Week

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Byron for doing his home work and enjoying doing the extra learning at home..

SEAL Superstar: Lucas for showing perseverance and determination while doing his time work in Maths..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: all the class for their fantastic work in Science week!
  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week and ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is Joshua for fantastic work and behaviour. We hope you and Meerkat have a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait to hear about your marvellous adventures!

  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    Star of the Week: Daniel for improved attitude to learning
    Aqsa for being a supportive working partner
    Daley for super, smashing, amazing behaviour all week

Well done everyone, and well done to our top points scorers who enjoyed their hot chocolate and lucky dip in the conference room..

I will be spending my whole weekend in Prestatyn, North Wales with my girls’ dance team ‘Fierce’. They have been selected to perform and compete at the SOAR British Street Dance Championships, so no rest for me this weekend. There is a parent and child duos section and Lilly, my eldest daughter, always competes with my husband. This year, Isla, my youngest daughter, wants to take part in the parent and child duos section so I have obviously had to say yes – I may not be able to walk on Monday morning!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,


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