05 Mar

We are really looking forward to all our children and young people returning to school on Monday 8th March as we start to try and get back to some sort of much needed normality. I would like to thank you for your support, understanding and hard work during these times. It has been an incredibly difficult time for us all but everyone has worked together excellently.

Here are some of the highlights from our students this week:

Miss Simms’ class…

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day! We enjoyed a hot chocolate and a book in the sensory garden. We also told ghost stories and said it felt like camping.

Leo enjoyed reading his favourite book in his hot tub!

We then became illustrators and used different apps to create the drawings for our favourite book.

The teachers and children are all certainly excited to welcome back the rest of the class next week!

Mr Stewart’s class…

We have had a great week creating some wonderful work. In art, we made Egyptian necklaces using paper plates and pasta, they all turned out fabulously. 

In Maths we have been studying 2d shapes and angles, and have made quick progress, and in English, students created some inspiring and funny poems imagining if they were in charge of the school. Students then made dynamic video readings of these.

Meanwhile, in mindfulness we made recipes for being a good friend represented in sweet cones. Students displayed how kind and good friends they are with their recipes. 

We are really looking forward to welcoming home learners back into the classroom on Monday. Home learners have really been missed in class, and school will be even better with everyone in class back together again. 

Miss Prescott’s class…

This week we have been very busy indeed! Our favourite part of the week was when we found out our individual talents from our SEAL target- ‘I can identify my gifts and talents’.

We discussed in pairs what we thought our gifts and talents were, then we got to show everyone in class!

  • Gerard’s talent is that he is very flexible!
  • Fatima is a fantastic dancer!
  • Madison is an up and coming stand-up comedian, she told us a few jokes!
  • Renico is very good at making funny faces!
  • Lucas can make shapes with his fingers!
  • Zack is a Maths superstar!
  • Daniel showed us some super-fast running!
  • Sofia can make some interesting shapes with her fingers!
  • Miss Grace can make a sheep noise, Miss Hill can imitate Donald duck and Miss Prescott can balance on her head.

In outdoor education and living skills we planted our own broad beans and are looking forward to watching them grow over the next few weeks!

For World book Day Corey had a great time dressing up as a character!

In school we visited our sensory garden and read the book ‘Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk’ and we can’t wait for our broad beans that we have planted to grow…hopefully they won’t become MEAN BEANS!

At the end of the day on Friday we had a party WITH CAKE to celebrate Daniel and Miss Prescott’s birthday!

Secondary bubble one…

We have embraced outside for some much-needed sunshine and have created some shadow art, the students had lots of fun doing this.

We wanted to celebrate the resilience shown by all students onsite during these very unsettled times. We shared a picnic and we followed this with a traditional country hoedown which was amazing. We are really looking forward to welcoming back the whole bubble on Monday. 

Mrs Halkyard’s class…

For World Book day we brought in and shared our favourite books. We designed new front covers for our books too. To link with the story we have been working on this week – The Hueys and the new Jumper- we created our own Hueys and new outfits for them. We also enjoyed reading a book in the sensory garden and having a look around in there at the sights and smells. We talked about why we love books and why we love reading!

Miss Marston’s class…

This week we have been amazing farmers learning all about the different farm animals and how to take care of them. We milked some cows and cleaned all the mucky animals ready for spring. It was messy but a lot of fun. 

World Book Day was very nice and we got to explore the sensory garden with Reception. We looked at lots of different books and the pretty pictures on the pages. 

It has been a great week and now we are looking forward to becoming jungle explorers next week!

Miss Fletcher’s class…

This week we have enjoyed focusing on National Careers Week and International Women’s Day.

In Maths we have been working with 2D and 3D shapes and identifying their names and organising them based on vertices, angles and faces.

In Science, we looked at the inside of the human body and all of the major organs. This linked in very nicely with our topic of the ancient Egyptians, the use of mummification and the life story of Tutankhamun. 

We have had quite an arty week this week. In Attention Awareness we painted scales onto fish using celery stalks. In Art, we began to create our own Egyptian necklaces, based on the clothing the pharaohs used to wear.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have been creating our own silhouette pieces of inspirational women throughout history.

In English, we wrote our own poems about what we would do if we were in charge of the school and created amazing videos, complete with narration and audio clips, to showcase our amazing work.

We are so excited to have our friends back in school next week, we really have missed our home learners. 

Miss Fletcher really is proud of the resilience that all of the learners have shown over the last few weeks and is really looking forward to having a full class again.

Miss Parkinson’s class…

This week, as part of our “fur, skin and scales” topic, we looked at different types of birds. On Thursday we used peanut butter and various nuts and seeds to make our own bird feeders. We are looking forward to hanging them in the playground for the local birds to enjoy!

We have also had lots of fun making different jungle animals in our arts and craft lessons.

Miss Meadow’s class…

This week has flown by and we have completed lots of excellent learning. We have been learning about upcycling in living skills this week and have started to complete our Tie Dye cushions. We are very excited about how these are going to turn out.

During Outdoor Education, we completed the parts of the flower and understood the functions and how a flower produces food.

Our focus this week in PSHE and intervention sessions has been self-esteem, we used an Art technique to make these and we are going to write positive messages to ourselves inside. This is part of the work we are doing during intervention with Miss Gold as she is our bubble mental health first aider which is making a big difference to our young people. We have also enjoyed lots of sensory time and outdoor play with our new favourite pieces of equipment! We are looking forward to all our friends joining us on Monday.

Miss Shin’s class…

This week in Reception, we have enjoyed learning all about habitats and the animals that live in them – we explored the jungle and the woodland through sensory stories and lots of messy play!

World Book Day…

The primary children really enjoyed reading a book in the sensory garden…

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Shane for trying really hard with his writing during our English lessons. Well done Shane!
  • Miss Parkinson’s SEAL Superstar is David for recognising he has made a huge improvement with his writing and for being able to correct his own mistakes.

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Victory for a very settled week and coping really well with some timetable changes.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Joshua for making great progress with his independence at lunch time – trying to open packaging on his own.

  • Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment is Mia. Well done!

  • Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Zack for turning things around and doing his work.

  • Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Gerard for finding and sharing his talent.

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Amario for coming back to school so confident and with a big smile on his face!

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Jack for having a fantastic week and making the right choices.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Kaden for identifying my gifts and talents.

  • Miss Tootill’s Dojo winner is Thomas. Well done!

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Alex fir continuing to do some great work at home.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Hamza for trying very hard with his communication.

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

As we welcome all our children and young people back onsite Monday I would like to remind you that our school looks similar to before Lockdown 3 and we are ensuring that health and safety of everyone continues to be our main priority. The message from the government is still very clear – we must continue to do all we can to reduce the risk of infection.

What does this mean for Hollinwood Academy?

School attendance will be mandatory for all students and the usual rules and duties around attendance will be in place from Monday 8th March. However, as always, we will work with our families on an individual basis. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact Miss Williams (Primary) or Mrs Ismail (Secondary).

Teaching and learning in school for Primary students:

As you are aware, children and young people have been assigned to a bubble and this will not change. Students will remain static within their current bubble and primary lessons will resume and be taught as they were previously by the class teacher.

Teaching and learning in school for Secondary students:

As you are aware, children and young people have been assigned to a bubble and this will not change. Students will remain static within their current bubble. At secondary, the students will remain within one classroom with their class/form teacher and teaching assistant. Virtual learning will continue as per their timetable. They will, where possible be taught by a teacher in their area of expertise as long as they are within their bubble.

Once we have the safe return of the full school we will continue to monitor our position in relation to local and national guidance as Oldham and the surrounding areas still has a high R rate and we need to closely monitor this. We will update with any changes as and when.

Face masks for Secondary students:

The guidance suggests secondary students and staff wear face coverings not just on corridors but also in classrooms and other teaching spaces, unless wearing a face covering would impact on the ability to take part in exercise or strenuous activity, for example in PE lessons, or for those who are exempt from wearing a face covering as set out in Government guidance. If your child will wear a mask can we ask that you please make sure they are equipped with this on their return to school. Again, we will work with families on an individual basis so please raise any concerns you have with the staffing team during your welfare calls.

Lateral Flow Testing for Secondary students:

Follow the guidance in the home test kits to ensure the process is carried out accurately. You are required to collect more testing kits after all 7 tests have been used and results have been reported as per the guidance. Please also submit your results via the ‘forms/Surveys’ section of the parent app. The form is called Lateral Flow testing result. Please stick to the days of the week suggested, Sunday/Wednesday. This will support us to control and maintain a safe process by ensuring set times for collection are planned and adhered to as per our risk assessment.


Hot dinners will be available. The menu is limited due to restricted space and time. Students will continue to eat lunch in their classrooms within their bubbles.

Before and after school club:

We are not yet in a position to resume before and after school club. This service is constantly under review and we will share more information as and when we can.

Parent/carer drop off and pick up:

  • Strict timings are in place in order to reduce congestion and adhere to social distancing. Please drop off at 9am and not before. Please collect at 3pm and not before.
  • Please wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up your child.
  • Markings are in place to assist with social distancing. Please ensure you follow these markings when dropping off and picking up. Please do not wait in clusters.

I advise all parents/carers of children and young people who arrive and depart via LA transport to contact transport to confirm their position for Monday 8th March 2021.

Coronavirus information sharing:

It is essential that you are aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and that only well children attend school. In line with public health advice, you must inform school if your child has symptoms, your child must not come into school if they or someone in their household has coronavirus symptoms, are waiting for a test or have tested positive.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

As always, our main priority is keeping everyone safe. We have reviewed and updated our risk assessment in line with the latest guidance from the government, unions and public health. We have also created a lateral flow risk assessment and these can be found on our website.

I am sure that we all want this to work. The last thing any of us need is to return to lockdown or indeed to a tiered system where areas like ours will be more harshly affected. The legal advice to “stay at home” remains in force until 29th March.

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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