13 Nov

I am so pleased to announce that last Thursday 5th November at 2.26pm Miss McMurray and her partner Dan, who also works for the MAT, welcomed the safe arrival of their daughter Lottie Elizabeth, 7lb 11oz. She is absolutely beautiful and we can’t wait to meet her. They are all at home getting used to their new lives. Congratulations and enjoy every precious moment with her.

You might remember last academic year, Jack, who is now in Year 6, wanted to do something special for his school..

Jack completed his sponsored swim with Miss Bickerton and the support of his family and friends cheering him on from the side of the swimming pool. Jack managed to swim 41 lengths of the pool in 30 minutes, this is a massive achievement for Jack as he started to lack confidence with his swimming.

This week, we received a very generous cheque for £500 from Jack’s sponsored swim. This will be discussed in the School Council meeting as to what the donation will be spent on.

Well done Jack and thank you from everyone at Hollinwood Academy.

The students in: Miss Tootill, Mrs Lomax, Mrs Woodhead and Miss Collinge’s classes have been thinking about who the people who fought in the war were and their relationship to others. They wrote a bubble poem about the men, women and children and made a beautiful poppy display..

Let’s see what some of our other wonderful students have been doing since they returned to school after half term, starting with Miss Marston’s class…

Wow what a great two weeks we have had in Year 1/2!

This term we have been focusing on the topic ‘time to party’. We have had a great time learning about the different celebrations and parties from around the world. We have learnt about the Diwali story and made lots of divas that lit up the classroom. For Bonfire Night we made bright firework pictures and for our Science session we made rockets with coke and mentos.

On Remembrance Day we made lovely poppies and stuck them in the planters outside of school for all the parents to see.

All the children did so well with their two-minute silence! We look forward to starting our Christmas celebrations too.

This week has been Maths week! We have had a lot of fun doing lots of outdoor learning..

..and going on number hunts around the school grounds.

Everyone has done so well building towers with building blocks and measuring how tall we are!

We have enjoyed exploring our senses through sensory bags, sensory diet and music sessions.

Our favourite lesson is definitely arts and crafts as a big group, this week we have been making some beautiful poppy pictures, fireworks and tiger masks..

..for our Tiger Who Came To Tea party.

We have been working extremely hard on our communication! We have used our new communication app to help us make choices, as well as using signs and symbols and pictures!

Mr Rawson has been really impressed with Bronson this week..

Unfortunately, due to classmates isolating, Bronson has been on his own this week but has completed all his work without fuss, what a star! So we thought we would give him a bit of a fun Science lesson. This term’s Science topic is Light Detectives and today Bronson has been solving a crime in class using light. It would appear that the class X-Box has been taken from the cupboard and hidden somewhere in the classroom…..

The Crime Scene – here is Bronson examining the scene of the crime using ultraviolet light which shows up fingerprints!

The missing item has been found! Now, who did it?

Time to match the fingerprints……

The crime has been solved and the suspect apprehended! ….. Mr Harris, that’s a C3 for you!!!

Miss Clapham is really proud of her students this week as they have shown great resilience when faced with their second time of isolation. The class adapted extremely well when faced with the challenges that home learning can bring, students engage with their online learning and are supported by an amazing team of staff.

This week in our video call we looked at and discussed Remembrance Day, each student was asked to design and present their poster, as I am sure you will agree they have produce some beautiful work which we will proudly display in the classroom when we return to school.

This week has been Maths week across Primary and Miss Parkinson has been extremely impressed with all the students and the hard work they have all shown this week..

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Shin’s STAR this week is Maya for amazing work in Maths.

  • Miss Marston’s STAR this week is Mylo for using his words to request to go to the bathroom.

  • Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Jared for fabulous English work.

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Mia for having an outstanding week and doing some fantastic waiting.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for showing great listening and engagement at carpet times.

  • Mr Corrigan gave Brooke a WOW moment for being proud of her friends. Well done!

  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Oliver for trying hard in all lessons.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL Superstar is Lucas for listening to their friend’s points of view.
  • Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Corey for excellent Maths work.
  • Miss McDonald’s SEAL Superstar is Madison for listening to their friend’s points of view.
  • Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Fatima. Well done!

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Essah for accepting help from an adult.

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ismaeel for being patient and kind to others.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Ethan for having a fantastic week, taking care of his friends and working hard.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Ibraaheem for accepting other people’s views and acknowledging their perspectives.

  • Miss Tootill’s DOJO winners this week is Thomas G. Well done!

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Harrison for doing some fantastic learning in Maths and getting all your fraction work correct.

  • Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Charlie for controlling your emotions and accepting help when needed.

  • Mrs Lomax’s DOJO winners this week are Zachary and Lucas.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Henry for fantastic poppy art work.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Farrukh for listening to someone else’s opinion.

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week and Super Learning Day on Thursday 19th November with a focus on Spiritual Development. The activities on the day will focus on our relationships with others, changes over time (rites of passage), mental health, keeping calm, how we impact on each other and how religion supports this. The blog next week will focus on Super Learning Day and what the classes have been doing as the teachers have lots of activities planned.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Millard

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