21 Jun

Wow, what a week!

All my blogs have always focused on the learning that takes place in the classroom but this week I wanted to share with you some training the staff have been undertaking. Mrs Dunsdon has been working with a group of our primary staff on developing their understanding on teaching Early Maths. It is important that we not only support the learning of our pupils but as a school we ensure that our staff have all the knowledge they need to better support the pupils at the school.

This week it is the turn of Mr Corrigan and Miss Rudge to tell us what their classes have been up to. Let’s start with Mr Corrigan..

In Literacy this term we have been looking at the author Drew Daywalt. At the moment we are reading ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. We have retold the story through Art, sequencing, Drama, role play and letter writing. We have linked the story to our own lives and tried to put ourselves in the characters’ shoes.

In Maths we have been looking at Time, Position and Direction..

In Yoga we have been working on listening, communication and co-operation..

In our Recycling topic we have been using used or left over paper to create recycled train tracks. We have planned and followed instructions..

In Science we are looking at plants and what they need to survive. We have begun an experiment in class where we have planted seeds and given them different conditions to survive. We will compare and describe the results.

In Living Skills we are looking at healthy bodies and healthy minds. This week we have shown our understanding of a healthy diet; creating a healthy breakfast, lunch/snack and main meal, as well as a vegetarian option.

Now lets go over to see what Miss Rudge’s class have been up to..

What a wonderful week KS3ZRE have had! 🙂 We have been working towards our final pieces in Art. This term, we have been looking into the ‘Pop Art’ movement and focusing our studies on the work of the famous Pop Artist ‘Roy Lichtenstein’. We are bringing together all the wonderful the skills we have developed this year to create a piece in the style of Lichtenstein. What an amazing start we have made..

During Dance and Drama this term, we have been focusing on Shakespeare and the Renaissance period. We have been looking into renaissance Dance and researched the styles of dance, costume and Music of the time. We will begin work on recreating some of the famous dances/dance steps found of the time next week. This week we were involved in a guided meditation..

We all had a wonderful time settling into our new classes! Transition morning on Friday was once again a success!! It was so lovely to meet all of our lovely new parents and carers!

In Science we have been using electric magnets. Wow! Ciara had this to say about the lesson…” This week in Science, we have doing some amazing electric magnets. My electric magnet is stronger because it can hold for 200 grams which is incredible. Thanks Mr Fieldhouse for all your help. You are very supportive for me.”

In Music, we had lots of fun playing ‘Songbird’ by Oasis with Mr Challinor on our guitars! We even got to choose our own instruments at one point. Awesome!

What a week! I’m so proud of you all and all you have achieved this week. Go team KS3ZRE!

Mr Hartley’s class were very proud of the peach tarts they made in Living Skills this week which smelt (and tasted!) delicious..

Let’s look at some of our SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Xander

SEAL Superstar: Mia

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Andie for giving 100% and producing some fantastic work in lessons this week, despite changes to routines and staff
    SEAL Superstar: Marley for coping extremely well with change.
  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Ethan..

SEAL Superstar: Nimra

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Harrison..

SEAL Superstar: Thomas..

Well done everyone! Friday saw another busy day. There was transition for the whole school in the morning when everyone spent time with their new class – Miss McMurray’s class tackled the marshmallow and spaghetti challenge..

On Friday afternoon all the Year 6 children went off to ‘Cruical Crew’ – Mr Heap explains..

On Friday a group of very excited Year 6 students attended the Crucial Crew event at Mahdlo. Crucial Crew is a multi–agency safety event aimed at Year 6 children, designed to provide them with life skills that will, in the future, help them to keep themselves and others safe. The aim of the Crucial Crew event is to raise each child’s awareness of threats and dangers in a fun and interactive way. The agencies attending ensure that their presentations are as interactive as possible and reflect current dangers to children, knowing that children learn by ‘doing’ rather than being ‘told’.

Crucial Crew is a fantastic way of getting young people involved in making a difference in their community, and it is a fun and innovative way of getting valuable safety, security and respect messages across to young children, who will hopefully remember what they have learnt and put this into practice, should the need arise. Oldham Crucial Crew is fully supported by Greater Manchester Police who will be heavily involved throughout the event.

We would like to thank all of the staff from all the amazing agencies and the staff at Mahdlo for such a fun and interesting afternoon..

As you will know from the letter you received on Tuesday, with all the building work taking place we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the primary and secondary sports days. We need to keep the pupils safe and we would not have the space needed to run a safe sports day.

As well as all the work the pupils and staff are doing, if you have been to Hollinwood recently you will have seen the building site that has been added to the side of the school. Our new build extension is on the way and in a couple of weeks we should have the modular building being delivered which will be very exciting. We have definitely grown since we opened 4 years ago.

On that note, I hope you have a lovely weekend,


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