26 Apr

Welcome back after the Easter break. I hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable two weeks and a day off. I know the students who attended holiday club over the Easter period took part in lots of fun and engaging activities.

This week we hosted our parents’ evening on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and it is always a pleasure for teachers to share learning experiences with families. We have had some positive comments from a number of parents and I hope you all enjoyed seeing your child’s work and listening to what they have been doing in the classroom. If you were unable to attend, please contact school and we can arrange for the class teacher to contact you via telephone or e-mail.

Just before half term, Miss Rudge took her class up to the Manchester Art School to meet Amber Quealley. Amber is a 3rd year undergraduate at the University and someone who has been working closely with our Art Department this year. Amber worked with us earlier in the year, delivering sessions on a range of techniques based on some of the greatest Artists ever! Our young people created some beautiful work and really excelled themselves in terms of creativity! As part of Amber’s final year project, she wanted to create a gallery to showcase the work at The Manchester Art School. Amber hopes to one day become a curator herself, and entitled the exhibition ‘Discover, Explore, Autism’..

Miss Rudge took her class along to the pre-exhibition before the big event in the evening. Amber had worked SO hard, to not only display our work beautifully, but also to ensure that our young people were comfortable and well informed during their time at the Art School.

We were offered a quiet space, met loads of really cool working Artists and even had a demonstration of a 3D printer! Very cool! We were escorted around the whole building and saw lots of different styles of Art. We looked at the textile department, pottery, bookbinding, woodwork, jewellery making and many more! We had such a lovely day and it was great to see our work displayed in a working gallery!

Miss Rudge returned in the evening – it was so lovely to see parents and pupils attend the exhibition! Amber had created brooches and postcards out of some of the pupils’ designs and these were being sold to raise funds for Hollinwood Academy!!!

Amber, you are wonderfully gifted, caring, talented and lovely! We have no doubt in our minds that you will reach your goal of becoming an Art curator!

This week, the GCSE Art students have been preparing with Miss Rudge for the Art exam which will be held on Monday and Tuesday next week – GOOD LUCK!! They have been working really hard and we are so proud of them all. I can’t wait to see the finished work as I love to see the art work displayed in school for the external moderators.

Next month always proves to be a demanding one with GCSE, KS2 SATs, KS1 SATs and Year 1 phonics screening assessments. As a school, we prepare the students both academically and emotionally for their exams and assessments and have an array of strategies to help support all of our students at this stressful time. I wish all of the students who are taking exams and assessments over the next few weeks the best of luck!

Mrs Lomax and her class have been very busy and are becoming Showbie Show Offs with the use of their iPads and how they are incorporating technology into their learning. I know the parents in Mrs Lomax’s class were extremely impressed with the use of the iPads during parents’ evening. Let’s see what they have been up to..

A short week back into school to start off our summer term, but this hasn’t limited our learning. Our Topic this term is ‘Where in the World?’ This is a Geography based topic looking at climatic zones around the world and the water cycle. We will explore how these affect animals and their habitats. We will also be looking at healthy lifestyles including food and exercise. We will be keeping a weather and emotions diary, as well as using our iPads to video our own stories. In Maths we will be focusing on money and fractions, while in English we are using Talk4Writing to develop our story telling. In English we will also be doing some non-fictional writing, recording what we have discovered in our Topic work. We will also be discovering some traditional music and dance from around the world.

Last term we explored our homes and electricity in our Science lessons. We learnt about the different rooms in our homes. We identified all the furniture and equipment in the rooms and looked at the items that use electricity. We have also been learning about how to keep safe while using electricity and the different dangers there are in our home and what we can do to be safe. As part of this we have created our own 3D model rooms and we had fun using old catalogues and magazines to furnish our rooms. We then created miniature models of ourselves using selfies. Then on our Showbie we did a guided tour of our homes..

We also completed our History work including finishing off our 3D castle models. We even had moats and working drawbridges!

We have continued our Living Skills learning by developing our knowledge and skills to buy a snack each week at the café in Alexandra Park. We have had to use our manners and clear speaking voices to request what we would like and then also sort our coins to pay for what we have bought..

We will be continuing this work and practising our Maths money skills, including checking our change!

During English we have been exploring poetry and have created our own poems for cards that we have made in class. 

Let’s see what Miss McMurray’s class have been doing this week.

In our Prince William Award session we have been working as a team on The Magic Carpet. The aim of this activity is to turn over our piece of magic carpet, whilst hovering in the air. No one can leave the carpet, as they will fall to their doom! The students had to plan the process they were to conduct, communicating and sharing ideas. They then had to do the task, working together, listening to each other and solving the problem. During this process they listened well and changed their plan. This led to success and they completed the task. They reviewed their success and discussed what went well, what didn’t go so well and if anyone took the lead. They also discussed why they changed their plan during the task. Well done guys, great teamwork!

The pupils have been learning about different types of energy (9 different forms) in Science. During the lesson the pupils had to match the correct answer to the right energy form..

This week in Food Technology the pupils have made carrot cake. They used their Master Chef skills to bake a delicious carrot cake and they really enjoyed making and, more importantly, eating their creations!

During another of Miss Carpenter’s Food Technology lessons this week, her Year 8 class have been looking at creating meals which include proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables. They made ‘toad in the hole’ with carrots and broccoli and the Yorkshire puddings grew like mountains! She doesn’t think many of them made it home..

They look delicious, well done Year 8!

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

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Brooke for excellent listening and matching in our life-cycle lesson..

SEAL Superstar: Xander for knowing who is important in his life by talking about ‘his Mia and his Oscar’..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Marcus and Lucas for outstanding pieces of independent writing..

SEAL Superstar: George for not giving up with his writing in Spanish..

Well done to this week’s Homework Stars:

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Vincent for trying extra hard in his Geography and successfully putting the Poles and the Equator on his world map..

SEAL Superstar: Ibraaheem for showing a positive attitude to all his learning and school..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week and ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ : Darnell for fantastic work and behaviour and for showing good concentration in attention autism. 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: Reece for SUPER participation in the show – being confident and brave..

SEAL Superstar: Josh got a ‘WOW! moment’ for using his own money to make others happy..

Well done everyone! Next week is our ‘Greatest Show’ production and I cannot wait!! Our Primary and Secondary students have been rehearsing tirelessly and I know it’s going to be amazing. There’s still time to get tickets if you’re quick for the performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening – please click here to visit the online shop (please contact Isabella on 0161 883 2401 if you need any help with making your payment).

Places can now be booked on our May half term holiday club, please contact us before Friday 3rd May if you need any help using the new system on your ParentPay account.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Laura

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