19 Jun

I can’t believe we are at the end of another week! John Hilldrup, our Caretaker at school, has been extremely busy getting Hollinwood Academy ready to open as part of the MAT hub offer as of Monday. Along with the other members of the premises team and Miss Gordon, he has spent a considerable amount of time logistically working within the guidance set out by the Government regarding safety and social distancing and they have been busy removing all items from classrooms. It is safe to say, Hollinwood Academy classrooms look extremely different from our usual inviting and welcoming classrooms with beautiful displays and familiar surroundings. The main building classrooms at Hollinwood Academy can only accommodate two students and two staff following the 2 metre guidance. As and when this guidance changes we will endeavour to review this and put the right measures in place in relation to our risk assessment.

As the pupils from across the MAT start to arrive on Monday, they will notice that the Primary playgrounds look different again. The Key Stage 2 playground has had markings painted and a bike track has been added in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 playgrounds. Thank you again to Luke D.L.H., Brooke D. and Finlay W. for their generous fund-raising activities.

We still have extra equipment to be fitted to the Key Stage 2 playground and a basket swing in the extension playground that can be used for leisure and interventions. Hopefully the weather will be better over the coming weeks and these can be fitted.

Showbie has been buzzing again – well done everyone. Let’s have a look at the activities you have been doing this week…

I am going to open this week’s home education blog with the photos of the pupils that achieved a prize during the Mathletics competition. Thomas achieved an astounding 30,000 points in one week, needless to say he came top across the entire Multi Academy Trust.

The top five all received a prize and one pupil was nominated by a member of staff from each site. Maia was nominated by Ms Potts, Maia has achieved a certificate on Mathletics every week whilst school has been closed and she has also completed all of the work set on Showbie. I know Ms Potts and I are extremely proud of your efforts and you are very deserving of the nomination..

Leo achieved the nomination prize for primary, like Maia he has worked extremely hard on his home learning and Ms Simms is very proud of you. Well done!

Declan and Jack both featured in the top five across all the schools, a huge well done to both of you!

Ms Carpenter has been in touch with Ciara’s photos of her making a Swiss roll. Ms Carpenter was extremely impressed with your baking skills. Well done Ciara!

She was also very impressed with Finlay’s pizza making skills..

..doesn’t it look delicious!

As part of our ‘Cultural Art’ projects, this week we were focusing on the idea of African art and the beautiful patterns and colours that are found in African art and culture.

Pupils were encouraged to get inspired by their surroundings to create a pattern using bold colours. The target for the week was to see what patterns you can see around you and how they can be used in a piece of artwork. Pupils were also asked to create a research project on ‘African patterns’ using the information given in the PowerPoint shared by Miss Rudge..

Here are some examples of Maia and Finlay’s art. Ms Rudge is super proud of their hard work. Another beautiful creative project by the pair of them! Well done!

Last week on Showbie, a new folder was shared called ‘Blue Peter – Six badges of summer challenge’. Pupils have been encouraged to participate in the Blue Peter challenge, whether it is getting creative, getting involved with sports, doing something good for the environment or being thankful. Damon and Maia are the first pupils to get involved. Damon has created a delicious recipe and Maia has written a beautiful piece of writing..

More information about the six badges of summer challenge can be found in the link here.

Ms Halkyard’s class have been busy this week. Freya and Aqsa have been writing agony aunt letters to each other via Showbie..

Another activity involved the children creating their own spot the difference pictures, Nathan’s and Jayden’s are below.

Ms Parkinson’s class look like they’ve had an exciting week. Here are Xander and Corey’s adventures.

Miss Simms’ class have had fun baking and making their favourite characters. Leo has helped with the cleaning around the home. Well done boys!

Mr Gold was delighted to share the water rocket experiment that Thomas and Alfie have been doing in Science this week. Fabulous!

Lenni has been doing some fantastic Maths this week and has been applying his skills in the supermarket. Keep up the good work Lenni!

Finally, Ms Woodhead has been busy building a scarecrow, and her name is crazy dog lady! Ms Woodhead would love to see your scarecrows.

Next week, there will be another mathematics competition! If you would like to get involved keep your eyes open on Facebook and Showbie. You will need your TTRockstars or Numbots login, ask your teacher for a reminder if you cannot remember it.

As per Graham’s letter that was sent home last Friday, our position remains the same that our children are safer at home. The hubs within the MAT will remain open for key workers’ children and children open to social care.

All families entitled to Free School Meals should have received more vouchers this week so please can you check your ParentPay account and let the teams know if you have not received these. The voucher scheme has been extended over the summer holiday period and we will be in touch towards the end of term to update.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Take care, stay safe and stay inside.

Mrs Millard

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