28 Jun

Welcome to a SUN filled blog.

This week has been another busy week at Hollinwood. On Wednesday we had the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama company come into school to work with some of our Key Stage 2 pupils. They came and did a show called Presto which is a new production crafted to help children learn about self-discovery and acceptance in a fun and imaginative way through music. The pupils had a great time and I will share the pictures with you in next week’s blog.

This week I have asked a couple of classes to showcase what they have been doing. Let’s start with Miss Shin’s class..

We started off this term with a trip to Hollingworth Lake to investigate animal species and habitats. Jude, our Forest School instructor, helped us to learn how to pond dip and we collected lots of tadpoles and other species..

We have also been investigating healthy bodies (inside and out). We have been visited by Mrs Lomax’s skeleton and identified just how much sugar we are putting into our bodies daily – this has helped us to learn how to treat our bodies and our teeth too..

Alongside this we have been looking at what makes us special – here you can see the children having a growing awareness of their own and others’ skills and qualities..

We were also lucky enough to be visited by a playwriting workshop – the children had lots of fun using their creativity and imagination skills to create characters and stories..

Now let’s go over to Miss Nuttall’s class..

This half term KS4NNL have enjoyed going out and about, visiting Queen’s Park and Team Greaves gym to take original images and videos for their GCSE Media Studies coursework. The project involves designing and producing a cd/dvd cover and billboard poster for a new film for an audience of 16-24 year olds. This ties in nicely with their ICT project which consists of making a portfolio for the photography element. We have been lucky enough to have also visited Media City for inspiration and to explore camera settings, capturing images with different types of photo compositions such as filling the frame, symmetry and leading lines.

The students have worked really hard revising for and sitting their Science GCSE. They should get these results in the next few months. Thomas and Connor also sat their GCSE English Literature exams last month so have been particularly busy! Again, they will get their results in August. Continuing with the exam practice, the class have sat a mock History crime and punishment exam this week to prepare for the real sitting next year. In addition, most of the students have recently taken their Maths Functional Skills papers and staff are confident the boys will achieve the results they want. Well done boys!

In food technology, the children have all achieved their food safety award and are competent cooks, proven by them creating delicious food from scratch such as apple pies, jam tarts, sausage rolls, cheese and onion pies, carbonara and Cornish pasties!

This term in MFL, the students have been learning how to articulate themselves by describing each other and their preferred hobbies. The class have really been enjoying this and are doing well. Bien Hecho!

It’s been a long term but summer is in sight! It’s been a jam packed year and a well deserved break is needed to recharge our batteries, enabling us to come back in September feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle our final year at Hollinwood Academy!

Now let’s go back to primary and to Miss Parkinson’s class..

While the sun was shining, we decided to read outside before the rain returns!

We had our very own germ detector in school to help show the students the importance of washing our hands. Our class really enjoyed testing how well they cleaned their hands after snack time!

This term’s English work has been very interesting, ‘The day the crayons quit’ has been up for discussion with Miss Parkinson’s class. The children have been investigating different types of emotions from the book and linking them with their own experiences..

Sometimes it’s not easy to sit still, but there’s always time to lie back and relax in yoga after a busy day!

Finally, let’s see what Mr Hartley’s class have been up to this week..

This week Miss Meadows’ class and ours had a fantastic trip to Pizza Express. The students were given a talk and shown how to make their own pizzas, which they did superbly. We started off our trip from school and caught the 76 to Manchester Piccadilly. The students’ behaviour was excellent on and off the bus and many of them asked and paid for their own ticket. They all did this very well and were polite to the driver, saying please and thank you. We have to thank the bus drivers for being very friendly and patient whilst a group of more than 20 students and staff were purchasing individual tickets..

We arrived at Piccadilly Gardens and headed over to Pizza Express and were greeted by Pizza Pete and his colleagues. Pete gave the students information on the business, the history of pizza and guided the students through the preparation of their pizzas. Pete was very friendly and helpful, and enjoyed hosting our students. The students all listened carefully to Pete, were respectful and asked some great questions. We were all impressed with how well they interacted with the bus drivers and the staff at Pizza Express and the delicious pizzas that they made..

Before catching the bus back to school, we had a short break at Piccadilly Gardens; the students had the opportunity to relax, socialise with each other and enjoy the ice lollies that Miss Meadows had purchased for everybody. On the way back to school the students resisted the temptation to eat their pizzas and we hope that some of them managed to get back home for parents to try.

In English we have continued to work on our spellings, grammar and punctuation and I have been impressed at the improvement the students have made in their written work. This has also been commented on by other teachers. I am particularly impressed with the improvement in Raihan’s handwriting.

We have continued to study Horticulture this term and everyone is impressed at how hard the students have worked to create the beautiful boxes at the entrance to the school. We have planted a mixture of flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs in the boxes and tried some of the carrots that have grown. We have a new student joining us next year and it was great to see him getting involved in gardening today whilst being given help and guidance by all the students in our class. The students have enjoyed this unit and it has given them some knowledge of horticulture, hard work and reward. We will continue to study this next year and complete the Open Awards certificate in Horticulture and Gardening.

Employment is still on our timetable and will play a bigger part next year. I have been impressed by how well the students have done in this topic. They have managed to gain some valuable customer service skills as well as knowledge of the workplace and the importance of hard work. You will have previously seen on the blog that the students have looked at greeting customers, dealing with complaints, making phone calls and volunteering in our canal clean up. This term the students have looked at the skills and qualities that they have and begun to plan a personal statement. Please see below a couple of examples of students’ first drafts of personal statement introductions:

  • “Hello there people of Make The World A Better Place Corporation, My name is _________. I’m UK and 8% Canadian. I’m 15 and I live with my family and my pet rabbit. I care about my friends and family and I cheer people up. I am good at drawing and I improve every day. I am sort of fit I like crazy golf and I love swimming too!”
  • “My name is ________ and I’m from _______. I am 14 years old and I live with my mum, dad and sister. I have Mario toys that I care for very much. My hobbies include Video games and Mario stuff. I like to play these video games because I like Nintendo and makes me feel happy and cheerful.”
  • “My name is __________ people call me _________. I have a brother and a mum and dad I am 13 years old. I have a two dogs _______ and I live in _______. My hobbies are Goosebumps, playing games, swimming talking to my friends ________. Because I love reading I want to be a monster writer. I love talking to my friends because I like to hang out with them. I love playing games because they are fun to play.”

We will continue to work on our personal statements this term and will have completed our first full draft of a personal statement by the end of the school year.

Mr Hartley and Miss Meadows even brought some pizza back for myself and Mrs Millard.

Miss Meadows’ class have been getting creative with their apps for the iPads!

We have collaborated using our reasoning skills and our ICT skills to make Shadow Puppet Edu videos to summarise our responses to two problem solving addition questions. We had to use mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, inverse operation and reasoning to solve these given problems. We used practical resources to work out a 2 and 3 digit number that adds together to make 367 numbers. It was great to hear children using reasoning and problem solving skills such as ‘I have taken a 1 from the 2 digit 1s column and put it into the 1s column in the 3 digit number’. Well done all, what a lovely lesson!

On Monday I received an email from Miss Rudge who wanted to share with me what Ciara in her class had been up to last weekend. Ciara and her family were involved in the Manchester Day festivities that took place last weekend. Here is a little information all about it from Ciara’s dad..

Holly Prest, Juba do Leão’s director asked Ciara, Abz and their mum and dad to join them this year in the parade where thousands of people lined the streets of the city centre for the 10th annual Manchester Day parade. This year saw over 40 community groups take part in a colourful pageant, each of whom created their own individual response to the 10th Anniversay “10 Out Of 10” theme. Holly asked would Ciara and Abz help by carrying and showing the group’s colourful flags for the mile long walk ahead of Juba Do Leão’s performance at the end of the parade in Cathedral Gardens. No mean feat for Ciara and Abz as the flag poles were very tall and it was quite windy!

Everyone enjoyed the day and it was fantastic to parade and perform in front of the crowds of people in the city. Manchester rocks!

This week our staff attended training on ‘Autism and Girls’ which they found very informative..

Let’s see who some of our SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week are..

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Ebon for trying really hard to write letters with correct formation..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Marcus for outstanding behaviour this week..

SEAL Superstar: Lucas for much improved manners and being respectful to staff..

  • Mr Corrigan also had some homework stars..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Byron for doing some fantastic independent changing during swimming..

SEAL Superstar: Thomas for being a wonderful friend and encouraging his friends to join in when he is playing..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: all of the class for dealing with changes and new experiences..

They also celebrated Alfie’s birthday..

  • Miss Shin’s class:
    Star of the Week: Finley for giving good advice, and being kind and caring
    SEAL Superstar: Jack for coping well with change and transition
  • WOW moments – Finley and Summer for being a super help for Miss Sutcliffe

Well done everyone! Next week sees 15 of our Year 6 pupils and 13 members of staff heading off to Haven in Wales for the week. Let’s hope this lovely weather continues for them. My blog next week will have a little focus on this so we can all find out what they got up to.

For those of you that have read Graham’s blog this weekend, he is very true in what he states. Everything we achieve at Hollinwood would not be possible without all the hard work that staff put in on daily basis.

On that note, I hope you have a wonderful week,

Jaina

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