29 Nov

Writing this blog has not been the easiest to do. Over the last four years, I have watched Hollinwood grow in numbers, both of pupils and staff. The four years have seen the curriculum develop to being at its strength and the staff team work tirelessly to ensure that the needs of all the learners are met. The part that I am going to miss the most at Hollinwood are the pupils that make the school the wonderful place that it is. Without them we would not change and adapt the provision, without them we would not continue to develop ourselves as leaders and the practice of the staff team. At the core of everything we do are those pupils. The staff at Hollinwood work hard on a daily basis and I know that at the heart of everything they strive to do are the young people in their care. I will miss the staff team, many of them started at Hollinwood when we first opened in 2015 and have helped to build the school to what it is now. Many of our staff began they journey in education with us and have grown into wonderful teaching assistants. I know that this wonderful work ethos will continue and the staff will continue to support the work of the school. The pastoral team at Hollinwood are fantastic – they work so hard to ensure that not only are the pupils supported but that this support is transferred to our parents. Finally, I know the school would not be the place it is without the support and hard work that is put in by Natalie and Laura. They work extremely well as a team and I wish Laura all the very best in her new role as Head. I have no doubt that Hollinwood will continue to grow.

I wanted to share with you all that Miss Tootill was not in school on Tuesday as she had her university graduation. Miss Tootill joined the school in September as a newly qualified teacher and she has shown us all to be a fantastic – some would say ‘Outstanding’ teacher. Congratulations and well done Miss Tootill.

This leads me on the wonderful work that the pupils do. This week we have Mrs Halkyard, Miss Tootill, and Miss McMurray..

In Mrs Halkyard’s class this half term our topic is ‘The Drop goes Plop’ and we have been focusing on the Water Cycle. Firstly we read a book called ‘Once upon a Raindrop’, which is a poetry book all about water and the cycle. We then created some beautiful water colour paintings using the book as inspiration. From here, we studied different types of poems and created our own. These were then written on top of the paintings which look fantastic..

In Art we are continuing our portrait work on Hundertwasser. Last week we coloured these using felt tips and this week we are going to use paint.

In Maths we are working on fractions; adding, subtracting and multiplying. The children have understood this really well and have been working really hard in lessons.

In Science our focus is the human body. We have looked at the circulatory system, how the body takes nutrients from food and how we stay healthy. From here we have used our knowledge to write explanation texts on the Book Maker app.

In our reading sessions, our book at the moment is called Shadow by Michael Morpurgo. The children have really engaged with it even though it is quite a sad story but I have reassured them the ending is a good one! Here they are answering questions on Showbie in our library area.

Our SEAL target this week is based on working within a group, so we have been playing games that include team work.

And finally, our nativity rehearsals have started so we have been practising our songs and narration.

Now over to Miss Tootill to tell us what her class have been up to..

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A big warm welcome back into the second half of this Autumn term! It has been lovely seeing everyone’s smiley, happy faces and fully recharged ready for a busy half term. This week we celebrated bonfire night by making chocolate apples, flying fireworks and creating different patterns of fireworks with chalk.

In commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, we made our own poppies to remember all the soldiers and people from the war and learnt about why we honour Remembrance Sunday.

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This week we had the pleasure of attending Rochdale Cinema to watch ‘The Addams Family’. We had a fantastic time eating popcorn and sweets.

On Tuesday we celebrated ‘Odd Socks’ in aid of ‘Anti-Bullying week’. The children enjoyed wearing different socks and laughing at mine and Miss Richardson’s odd pair.
On Friday, we celebrated Children in Need by attending the cake sale that Miss McMurray had arranged. Thank you for providing the yummy treats.

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What a start to our week! Over the weekend Mrs Davies welcomed her little boy, George. Class KS2LTO would like to wish her and her new family our best wishes and we can’t wait to meet our new member. In our Art topic this term we have been studying Wassily Kandinsky, we have enjoyed experimenting with colours and creating our own Kandinsky inspired art.

On Wednesday, Mrs Halkyard invited us to the official opening of Hollinwood Academy’s Library. We had lots of fun and enjoyed looking at the different genres of book. We can’t wait to attend our library every Friday.

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On Monday morning we started to decorate our classroom ready to celebrate Christmas! We collectively put our Christmas tree up and filled the room full of Christmas joy.

During the afternoon we had some special visitors from Apple observe how we use technology in the classroom and the children demonstrated their iPad knowledge to our guests.
To conclude our busy half term Miss Tootilll graduated from the University of Cumbria for successfully completing her PGCE. I had a fabulous day with my family and embraced the celebration.

Over to Miss McMurray..

During ICT 8JFO have been working with Spheros (programmable robotic balls). They have been working in pairs and have created their own obstacle courses where they then had to write some code to be able to navigate a Sphero around their course. Pupils worked hard in their groups, showed some great coding skills and showed determination. Well done 8JFO.

This week 10NMY have been practising their meditation techniques in Living Skills, our class feel they will benefit from this to support them to become healthy and happy.

The School Council have been busy this week during their meeting discussing lots of exciting things. The School Council have decided to collect donations for Oldham Food Bank. If anyone has anything they wish to donate, the School Council would be very happy for your donation.

The School Council have also been busy planning their first fundraising event ‘Hollinwood Academy’s Christmas Markets’ which will be held on the 18th December. This event is for pupils and staff only (sorry parents/carers!), they have been organising a range of stalls from cake sales, tombola’s, penalty shootout, lucky dip and Christmas Arts and Craft stalls. If anyone has any suitable prizes to donate, again, the School Council members would be very grateful.

Congratulations to all this week’s Stars of the Week, SEAL Superstars and Lexia Superstars, including Damien, Harrison, Jake and Marcus..

Well done everyone! Congratulations too to Nina on her gold medal from MangaHigh after some very impressive Maths..

Finally, I wish you all a lovely weekend. Thank you to you all for the support that you have given me over the last four years that I have worked at Hollinwood. I have no doubt that I may see some of you as parents at Medtia.

Jaina

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