06 Mar

On Thursday, the Primary students and staff celebrated ‘World Book Day’. The students (and staff) were asked to bring in their favourite bedtime story and to wear their favourite PJs. All of the students got the opportunity to visit the library and share their favourite books with their peers and staff. They had cushions and blankets to use and some students were confident enough to read their stories out loud to a group. There was a real buzz on the Primary corridor and all the students and staff fully embraced the day.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I appointed a number of new Teaching Assistants and this week we welcomed Miss Barnes to the Primary team. She has made a big impression this week and is a real asset to Hollinwood Academy.

Let’s see what some of our classes have been doing this week, starting with Mr Rawson’s class..

This week in Maths we have been learning about money addition and subtraction and calculating change..

The students have used “frog counting”, counting up and also some mental maths to work out the change from 1 pound and 5 pound, a useful skill when working out how much change they should get back when buying things!

In Geography the class are learning about maps and have learned about latitude and longitude and how to find the location of their houses and the schools using latitude and longitude. We also looked at Global Positioning Systems and OS maps..

Living Skills this term is all about Travel and Journeys and the class have been learning about planning bus and Metrolink journeys..

The students have learned how to access bus and metro timetables online and how to read a timetable and a route plan.

The class have also been learning more about handwashing and how germs spread and are now competent hand washers!!

On World Book Day on Thursday the class dressed in their pyjamas and sat in the library area to read a chapter of Charlotte’s Web!

In ICT this term the class are leaning about Video Editing and how to make a video using their iPad and the iMovie app. The students really enjoy this and have made some really funny and entertaining videos with some surprise cameos from staff!! (Mr Rawson and Mr Harris)..

This term’s electronics project is constructing a small recording device which can record for 10 seconds and play back. The electronics lessons give the students an insight into electronics and technology, they learn about the components which make up everyday devices and what their uses are. They also learn how to use tools such as screwdrivers, soldering irons, wire cutters, pliers etc. and also about electrical safety. These skills are important as they may forge their pathway to future destinations / careers and also give them life skills which they may use as an adult in later life..

Mrs Potts would like to share with you what her form have been busy doing…

In Food Technology the class have made pasta..




..and cinnamon rolls over the last few weeks..

There are some very talented chefs in the group, their food is fantastic. They have been working through the theory side of the course and also looking at food safety and hygiene.

In History the class have recently watched The Pianist as they are learning about life in Nazi Germany. The class have created a timeline of the events that took place..

In Science the class have recently learnt about meiosis doing a practical creating reebop models using chromosomes from the parents to show inherited characteristics..

The class also did a practical to show DNA by extracting DNA from a kiwi fruit..

The class have just started learning about reproduction and selective breeding..

In Maths the class have been revising fractions and bearings. They have also been doing past exam papers to show what they know, what they need to revise and to give them an idea of what to expect from a GCSE maths paper.

In English the class have recently starting learning about poetry, in particular there has been a focus on war poetry. They have learnt the poem The Bayonet Charge, described the language features and tried to understand what the writer is trying to say. The class have just read the poem Exposure.

In Living Skills, the class have covered the topics of drugs and alcohol learning about the health risks associated with both. Recently they have moved on to sex education.

In Spanish the class have been working on their translation skills, listening to Spanish audio and then translating it into English. They have completed short writing tasks in Spanish explaining what they have done today and what they are going to do in the future.

In ICT the class have chosen a client brief to create a website for a travel blogger or for game reviews. The class have had to research multiple websites to describe the different purposes and features. They began creating a mind map to show ideas about how their website will look.

One of the students in our form has chosen to do Art as an option, currently they are working on creating forgeries. They select an artist and then try to create forgeries of their artwork.

In Duke of Edinburgh the group have finished the skill of Rock Climbing and are now back outdoors!

Mrs Lomax’s class would like to share with you their learning…

We have been very busy learning new skills and knowledge as well as improving the ones we already have. At the heart of all our learning is that we have fun and try our best and this has really been true over the past few weeks. In our class we view every opportunity as a learning opportunity and we are continually striving to create a sense of pride and achievement in our children and developing their resilience if things don’t go as expected.

Just before the holiday we finished off our English by writing a story in the style of a traditional fairy tale. We explored all the features of a fairy tale and used this to support our creative writing. The results were so impressive that we decided on bringing them to life by creating a setting and the characters from our stories and using the iPad to tell and act out the story!

We then introduced our new English topic that also has a cross-curricular link to our social and emotional learning. In English we are learning about persuasive writing and part of this learning is finding out about facts and opinions, debating, justifying opinions and accepting each other’s opinions. We introduced this through biscuit decorating..

..and making mug-cakes..

This activity involved us accepting each other’s opinions on what was the best flavoured mug-cake and decorated biscuit – not a very easy task for our children! We then continued this on Pancake Day by debating which pancake topping was the best and why we thought this..

This will continue this term and at the end the children will creating their own power point on a debating topic and delivering their own opinions as part of a class presentation.

The topic this term is Farm to Fork and we are looking at land use in Geography and plant and animal life cycles and growing in Science. We will be exploring the seasons and linking this to our music by exploring the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and we have also linked this to our Art and we have been exploring Faberge eggs. We have researched Faberge and used our history and geography skills to learn lots about his work. We have then started to create a Faberge style egg out of papier mâché. Each child is choosing a theme for their egg and we will use the theme to name and decorate the eggs – just like Faberge himself! The children are very excited and motivated by their learning and we are looking forward to the end product – we will keep you posted!

Mr Hartley would like to share with you what his form have been doing…

This term we have continued to work on Functional Skills in English and Maths this term. For English, the students have been looking at the words used in application forms and will be completing a library application at Manchester Central Library next week. In Maths, we have moved onto fractions and the students have so far looked at tenths, quarters and halves. The school is also registered for BKSB, which is an online learning tool, and we are using this for functional skills. Our class will be given a log in in their homework books next week should students wish to improve on their functional skills at home.

As we mentioned last time, the students have recently been going to the Learning Centre and taking part in Hortus to gain a qualification in horticulture. The students have enjoyed their weekly trip to the Learning Centre and Lewis, in Miss McMurray’s class, has now decided to join us. Lewis has enjoyed taking part and along with the rest of the class has worked hard in maintaining the grounds. So far, the students have learnt the names of garden tools and taken part in some practical gardening skills including pruning and edging..

In our lessons for horticulture at school, The students have started this year by planting some mimosa pudica, which has been grown mostly for curiosity as when touched it is interesting to watch the leaves fold inwards. The students have also planted some bulbs outside and some sweet pea, radishes and tomatoes from seed in the class. They are growing well and Karl has been tending to these every day, making sure that they are well watered.

In employment, the students have now started their unit on retail skills. We have looked at how to keep a retail outlet tidy and presentable and answering specific customer queries. We have been really impressed with how well the students are progressing in this subject and they are gaining more and more communication skills to better prepare them for the world of work. Well done class!

As part of the BBC Young Reporter event, our class created a news report with Miss McMurray in ICT. In just one lesson they all planned what they were going to report on, created a script and presented to the class. It was impressive to see how well they presented in such a short time. Fabulous work class!

This month and next is the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign ‘Great British Spring Clean’, our school is getting involved in this by litter picking in order to improve our school’s and local community’s environment and better protect our wildlife. Our class is starting by cleaning the canal, which we have done this Friday and as a whole school project the School Council have decided to take action and run a litter picking club every week in both primary and secondary.

It’s fantastic to see the students becoming enthusiastic about their local environment and developing into thoughtful, caring and responsible citizens.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs..

Miss Shin’s STARs of the week are Ethan for trying really hard with communication and Oscar for amazing reading

Mrs Collinge’s STAR of the week is Henry for a super awesome week..

Mr Corrigan’s STAR STAR this week is George for being a great team player in ICT and predicting what is going to happen next in Literacy and his SEAL Superstars is Tyler for making positive friendships and being kind to others..

Mr Corrigan’s LEXIA Superstar is Marley..

Mr Corrigan’s HOMEWORK Superstars are George, Tyler, Edward, Marley, Joshua and Jake..

Miss Simms’ STARs of the week is Ismaeel for settling into his new class Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Carlo for having a fantastic week and working really hard..

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ivy..

Miss Simms’ Dojo winners this week are Ismaeel and Thomas.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Vincent for finding different ways to relax.

Miss Tootill’s Dojo winner this week is Carlo.

Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Zachy for doing some fantastic problem solving and showing good resilience by continuing to try rather than giving up!

Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Charlie for thinking for yourself rather than following others people who might not be making good choices..

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Rahmeen for fantastic illustration work on her iPad.

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Aqsa for her contribution in lessons.

Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Daniel for having a super week and making all the right choices.

Miss McDonald’s SEAL Superstar is Charlotte for always recognising her talents and feeling proud.

Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Alex.

Miss McDonald’s WOW moment winner is Summer for being a kind friend to Charlotte.

Last week, the ‘Bedtime Story Bag’ went home with Freya in Miss Shin’s class for the first time. Freya’s older brother also attends Hollinwood Academy and their mum sent in such a heartwarming picture of Fin and Freya reading the story together..

Mum told Miss Shin that she thought the Bedtime Story was ‘such a lovely idea’ and what an amazing shared experience between siblings.

On Saturday 4th April, Miss Rudge and other staff members from Hollinwood Academy are taking part in The National Autistic Society night walk fundraising event in Manchester City Centre. You can view Miss Rudge’s story using the link here, she explains:

‘This is a cause that is very, very close to my Heart… For the past 4 years I have been lucky enough to teach some of the most fascinating, talented, strong and inspiring children I have ever met in my whole teaching career.

The majority of our lovely pupils have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. Our School is a provision for pupils from the age of 4 up to 19 whose Autistic Spectrum Condition and Speech, Language and Communication (SLCN) Needs have become a barrier to their learning. I have learned throughout my time at our School that ASC is something to be embraced and proud of! Our pupils have many wonderful talents and abilities and it is my aim as their Teacher to inspire all of our pupils to embrace their condition in order to become successful adults with Autism. On the 4th April; I will be joining a number of my colleagues in taking part in the National Autistic Society’s biggest walking fundraising event of the year!’

I have the most amazing students and staff always going above and beyond. Good luck Miss Rudge – go Team Hollinwood Academy. I am sure Miss Rudge will share her journey and pictures in the weekly blog.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I have a full weekend of dance practices and competitions for both of my girls. I love to watch them perform and have fun with their ‘Fierce’ dance friends.


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