10 Jan

Can I first wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break? I certainly did and I know the students and staff that I spoke to had too.

As we finished for the Christmas break, I handed out my half termly Head Teacher’s Awards. Unfortunately, on the last day of school, Alfie was off poorly so I would like to share his award with you all now. Well done Alfie and keep up the hard work..

It has been a difficult week for some of our students as they settle back into the routines of school life but by the end of the week as I did my Friday morning rounds, the students had settled back in nicely and were all working hard. Let’s take a closer look at the work some of the classes have been doing this week.

Mr Rawson’s class have been very busy..

This term the students have been trying an alternative “Lego therapy” and are building a Robot which will eventually be programmed using skills they will learn in ICT..

Maths this term is Fractions and the students have been using food items to work out fractions of amounts..

Mrs Lerigo’s class have been very busy settling back into their routine. Let’s see what they have been doing..

Our class have had a very busy start to the new term and the New Year! We have started our new topic, “Tale as Old as Time” and this half term we will be looking at the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have started to look at the key features of the story and we will be acting out some of the scenes, blowing down the straw, brick and stick houses that the pigs make. We have also started to explore some of the vocabulary and some of the key features from the book.

We have also been working hard in Maths..

We are now using ICT to sign in on the whiteboard in the morning where we have to select the correct image of ourselves and our name and then we have started to use the whiteboard pens to write our names..

Also, as part of ICT, we are learning how to take photographs and video images using a mobile device. We have been exploring the various icons on the iPads and have identified where the camera function is and which button we need to use to take a photograph. We then used these skills and explored the school surroundings to find and take photographs of interest, related to our Science topic on ‘Polar Regions’.

In Science, we are learning about animals that live in the Arctic. We have looked at globes and identified where the Arctic is located..

..and have looked at this habitat and the animals that manage to thrive in these icy conditions..

This week we focused on Polar Bears and found out an amazing fact that a Polar Bear’s fur is not white but is actually translucent! We then created a large Polar Bear display for the classroom, painting some bears and adding texture to create their fur..

As part of our Attention Autism sections of our learning, we have explored shaving foam and created some snowy Polar Bear footprints..

Finally, on Wednesday, we all went to Oldham Coliseum to watch the Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, which was very funny and the students had a great time!

All in all, it has been a very busy week and a great start to the New Year. Well done Communication Group!!

Mr Page’s class would like to share with you their learning too…

This week, our form have had an enjoyable first week back after the Christmas holidays. We have been settling back into the normal routine with a mid-week trip to the pantomime to see ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at Oldham Coliseum. The students greatly enjoyed the trip and had lots of fun in the relaxed performance.

In school, the class have been competing at dodgeball in PE. In Art, the students have been studying still images. In History, students have been learning about the medieval ages. In English, the students have been looking at the features of a story, including exposition, conflict, rising action, climax and denouement. In Maths, the students have been learning about square numbers and cube numbers. Overall, the class have had a fun and settled week in which everyone has relaxed back into the normal day to day routine of school life.

Miss Shin’s class would like to share with you their learning this week…

This term our topic is ‘Tale as Old as Time’ and we have started by reading The Gingerbread Man.

The children have enjoyed retelling the story using colourful semantics and using a preferred method of communication to join in with repeated phrases in the story.

We have also been investigating: how could the Gingerbread Man cross the river? Some of the children have made boats and bridges to help the Gingerbread Man get across the river safely.

In topic time, we have been exploring winter. We have identified that in winter it is cold and chosen appropriate clothing for the weather.

We have created some icy paintings too and done lots of independent collaging. Next week we are going to find out all about polar animals and their habitats.

At snack time we have been working on our communication. Some of the children are using lots more words (especially Mylo who is beginning to communicate his wants and needs super effectively!) and some of the children are now able to confidently use PECS to request what they would like to eat or drink..

Anna, Ethan, Freya and Mylo have transferred this skill to baking gingerbread men too as part of our literacy work..

They have also been working with their friends to communicate, take turns and wait. The children have really enjoyed our Outdoor Education sessions..

Mrs Whitworth’s class have had a fantastic week…

We have had a very busy first week back and the children have enjoyed getting back into school routine. This half term our topic is ‘Tale as Old as Time’ and we have been learning all about the 3 little pigs. The class have all enjoyed listening to the story through attention autism and got very excited when the big bad wolf knocked the straw and stick house down.

The children have then had lots of opportunities to feel the different textures of the little pigs’ houses and have been very creative making straw, stick and brick houses of their own.

We have also started ‘Listen and Move’ this half term and the class have all enjoyed the deep pressure side of this and have received lots of sensory input during the sessions.

In music this week we have been working on introducing instruments, the children have really enjoyed listening to the rain stick and playing the big drum. During the lesson the children have had an opportunity to sit at our solo area and perform to the rest of the class. They were all fantastic sitting and waiting quietly for their turn.

We have done lots of fun activities to improve the children’s fine motor skills, we have been working on spraying water bottles at mirrors..

..manipulating big and small pegs..

..threading string..

..and picking up small objects with giant tweezers..

What a fantastic first week back! Keep up the good work everyone.

On Wednesday, Miss Rudge co-ordinated the annual pantomime trip for our secondary students. Here is Miss Rudge to tell you all about it..

On Wednesday, over 100 secondary pupils visited the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to see their adaptation of the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This was the only relaxed performance of the run and allowed this much loved pantomime to be presented in a more accessible way, specially designed for an audience with sensory and communication needs such as Autism.

Extra theatre staff were on hand for support, lighting was softer, noise levels were quieter and our young people were able to exit and re-enter the auditorium whenever they liked. There was a ‘quiet space’ available for anyone needing to take a peaceful moment and also a ‘chill out zone’ offering colouring and other activities, with the show relayed on the TV screen nearby.

On our return to school, our young people each completed a performance evaluation of their experiences..

I was super impressed with the behaviour of all of our children. It was so lovely to see both pupils and staff giggling and singing along throughout. What a wonderful day! 

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Whitworth’s Star of the week is Daniel for fantastic behaviour this week in all of his lessons..

Mr Corrigan’s Star of the week is Christopher for outstanding Maths work this week..

Mr Corrigan’s Seal of the week is Andie for being a great friend this week.

Mr Corrigan’s LEXIA Superstar is Lucas..

Mrs Lomax’s Star of the week is Zachy for having a fantastic first week back in school and completing some fantastic learning in lessons..

Mrs Lomax’s Seal of the week is Jack for recognising the importance of rules and for understanding how rules can help to keep us safe..

Miss Parkinson’s Star of the week is Corey for having such a settled first week back and trying his best..

Mr Rawson’s Star of the week is Bronson for great behaviour all week..

Mrs Robertson-McCabe’s Star of the week is Harry and her Seal of the week is Rahmeen..

Miss Simms’ and Miss Tootill’s Stars of the week are Alfie and Nathan..

Miss Simms’ and Miss Tootill’s Seals of the week are Amario and Byron..

Miss Simms’ and Miss Tootill’s Dojo winners are Thomas and Ibraaheem..

Well done everyone!

I have been working with finance and the premises team this week regarding the Primary and Secondary playgrounds and our plans for these. Once I am able to share our plans and ideas with you all I will, but I am very pleased with the progress made this week and I am sure our students will be too.

As I have mentioned, I have worked closely with the premises team this week which unfortunately leads me on to some devastating news. Shaun Green, Hollinwood Academy’s caretaker, sadly passed away over the Christmas holidays. Shaun started with the MAT in May 2018 as a caretaker at New Bridge School and then he moved to Hollinwood Academy 12 months later. Shaun was a very selfless man, who was on hand at any time when the students and staff needed him. He always had a smile on his face, no matter how big or small the job was, and he was a well-liked and popular member of the team. He will be sadly missed by all. Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends at this very sad time.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Laura

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