10 May

I cannot get over how much fabulous learning we manage to fit into a week at Hollinwood Academy, and a four day week at that.

Mrs Woodhead’s class have had a lovely time using the iPads to create a time lapse video of their Tower Art. This work will be used to help the students achieve their Arts Award and we are very proud of them..

This week was Children’s Book Week and to celebrate we had a visit from local children’s author Mark Sanders and his dog Monty (who his stories are based on). The children loved listening to Mark’s stories about Monty’s adventures and got the chance to ask Mark lots of questions..

Mrs Lomax’s class got some super learning out of Mark and Monty’s visit. The children were very excited and used their iPads and voice recorded some questions for them..

Mr Hartley’s class have been out and about this week. Let’s hear about their adventures..

This week our class had the opportunity to help out our local community. We were invited to help clean the canal by Rose at Tesco. The students did an excellent job of cleaning the canal and had a great time doing this. It was excellent to see the students working hard and showing pride in their community. We managed to fill a bin bag full of litter and it was great to see the difference that the students had made to the canal area..

Afterwards, we did our regular shopping trip to buy fruit for the class and the students worked well together to weigh, pay for and pack the fruit..

On Thursday, Mr Hartley’s class had a special visit from a company called Digital Advantage. The company started by giving the students a presentation on the important role of digital services and the digital workforce in today’s economy. The students were very engaged with the presentation and gained some more understanding of how digital services could play an important role in their future careers..

Our class and class 8AFR/LFS from New Bridge were then lucky enough to be able to take part in a digital workshop. The students started off by learning some coding skills, which enabled them to gain control of their very own robot. They worked hard to learn and create a code which could control the lights and movement of their robot. The students managed to get some great videos of them coding and creating some amazing light shows and movements.

We then moved on to looking at the importance of digital marketing for growing a business. The students were taught about the essential aspects of a good business website and then went on to create their own website for an imaginary bakery. It was great to see the students designing their own website, ensuring that they had included the most important aspects and presenting their ideas to the group.

Our students had a fantastic time with Digital Advantage and learnt some important digital skills.

Our Primary children have LOVED their disco Thursday and Friday afternoons with DJ Critchley Stone who is doing a sterling job of collating the students’ favourite songs and creating a lovely environment for them to dance and enjoy themselves with their friends. The pictures show the enjoyment they are getting from the disco experience..

Last week, Miss Carpenter taught the Year 10 GCSE group how to portion a chicken. After freezing the chicken, she gave them the chance to choose their own recipes to make this week and each one was amazing! We had chicken fajitas, tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa, sweet and sour chicken, chicken souvlaki skewers and chicken filled with cream cheese, chilli and chives wrapped in bacon and accompanied with sweet potato wedges. The class also looked at how to present their food in preparation for the forthcoming final year of the GCSE where presentation is a big focus. Well done Year 10, this was a big task and you made some fabulous food!

Year 8 made shepherd’s pie on Thursday with the focus of using protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. We left the skins on the potatoes to include extra fibre and added a grated cheese crust topping to include a dairy product. The room smelt wonderful and so did the pies! Good quality healthy food using a multitude of skills! Fantastic efforts Year 8, well done!

Miss Collinge and her class would like to share with you their learning…

This week, we have had a fun but busy week preparing for the Year 6 SATs. All of the children have worked incredibly hard to produce some excellent work.

In English, we have planned and designed persuasive leaflets to encourage young people to trade some time on technology for a visit to the ‘Sir David Attenborough Zoo’. We decided the zoo would be a sanctuary to protect endangered animals from extinction and raise awareness of our role in saving the environment..

In Maths, we have played bingo – not just any bingo, Maths Bingo! The children had to solve the calculation to work out the number..

In Science and Living Skills, we have dissected flowers in Science to look at the reproduction of plants..

..and planted vegetable seeds to hopefully make our own salads with!

We recently made stress toys to aid learning, calm anxiety and improve concentration..

It didn’t quite go to plan for some of us!

Miss Sanderson would like to share with you the learning that is taking place in Humanities at the moment..

This term has been an eventful one for the Humanities department. We have had lots of fun beginning GCSE work with the Year 9 students who are now looking at the Pendle Witch trial. The students have created some interesting images of what a stereotypical witch is. They have also been identifying key characteristics of a witch. Do you fit the criteria?

The Year 8 students have been looking at the British homefront during World War 2. This week, they took part in making some of “Grandma’s War Time Orange Cookies,” using their knowledge from the previous lessons to identify that chocolate was not available so orange was a sweet replacement for people during WW2..

For those who want to give this a go at home here is the recipe:

1 tablespoon of orange peel (grated)
half an orange (juiced)
85g butter
210g honey
1 egg (beaten)
155g flour
1 heaped teaspoon of baking powder
pinch of salt

The Year 7 students have been looking at water and rivers. They have investigated the journey that a river takes and have produced some fantastic pieces of work. Stay tuned to see the clay model of a river in 2 weeks’ time!

I would also like to add a special congratulations to the Year 11 cohort who have begun their GCSEs this term and are preparing for college. This week, the Art and Science pupils have taken their first exam and handled it brilliantly. Seeing my form mature and grow over the past two years has been a pleasure and I am so proud of how far they have all come. Keep up the good work and best of luck for your future exams!

Mrs Dunsdon would also like to share some of the work that her class have been doing. The children were very excited to welcome a new visitor this week..

They have also been working hard on composing their own poems based on ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti..

Here is Jacob’s..

..and Xander’s..

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

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jacob and Xander for amazing innovation work in poetry..

SEAL Superstar: Caitlin for always knowing who is missing from class and asking after them..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Edward for being a Homework Superstar..

SEAL Superstar: Andie for working really well with unfamiliar staff..

  • Mrs Woodhead’s class:
    Star of the Week: Connor for working very hard this week..

SEAL Superstar: Renico for recognising when actions may hurt someone else..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Nimra for great independent work on Showbie..

SEAL Superstar: Ethan for being able to talk about how he felt when he lost his toy..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Brodey for improved behaviour..

SEAL Superstar: Harrison for being very mature and talking about his dog being put to sleep..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week and our new ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is Olivia for fantastic work in attention autism. Olivia has been showing good turn taking, listening and has taken part in all of our sensory activities. 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: Amelia for perfect behaviour and hard work all week
    SEAL Superstar: Lana for understanding how she’s hurt people and having a better week
  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    Star of the Week: the whole class for having a perfectly settled week.
    SEAL Superstar: Finley seal super star beginning to share his belongings with others

Well done everyone! Next week sees our Year 8 students and a number of Hollinwood Academy staff enjoy the amazing Year 8 residential to Disneyland, Paris. I cannot wait to see all of the pictures and hear all of the stories. I am sure you will all have a magical time!

Miss Gordon and myself are off to London again this week to share our amazing 1:1 iPad journey with other colleagues from across the country. We have been invited by SSAT and Apple to host workshops and to share our experiences with the use of the iPads. We are very excited and Miss Dunne will be on site to support our students, staff and families in our absence.

Next week is Key Stage 2 SATs and for some of our Year 6 students they will be sitting their SATs every morning starting Monday morning and finishing Thursday morning. Some of our Year 10 and Year 11 cohort students will be sitting their English Literature GCSE Paper 1 on the morning of Wednesday 15th May. I wish all of our students the best of luck. I know you will all try your best and we are all here to support you. Good luck.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,


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