26 Mar

Red Nose Day last week was a big success as it’s never felt more important to have some fun and raise money to support people living incredibly tough lives. Across the school, all staff, children and young people were invited to come into school last Friday in their own clothes and donate a £1 to Comic Relief. Thank you for your support with this as Hollinwood Academy raised a massive £250 that will be sent to Comic Relief.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Nuttall and Mr Page welcomed the safe arrival of their baby girl Rose Victoria on Monday 22nd March 2021 at 3:47am, weighing 8lb 11oz. Baby Rose and mum are doing exceptionally well and she is beautiful. Miss Nuttall and Rose are resting at home as she meets her big brothers and sisters. We can’t wait to see baby Rose and Mrs Nuttall soon.

Let’s see what some of our classes have been doing this week starting with Miss Prescott’s class…

This week we have continued learning about money, this time we decided to set up our own shop in class! We put price tags on our favourite toys and books. One child was the ‘shopkeeper’ and the other a ‘customer’ we used our class coins to buy the items and had to figure out how much change the ‘customer’ would need depending on how much they had given the ‘shopkeeper’.

During phonics we have been looking at different sounds. We played an interactive board game that we matched up the correct sound to each picture.

In living skills we have been identifying who can help us. Independently the children then had to create a scenario and ask the rest of the class who would help us if we were in trouble! One question asked was…“Who would help if there was a fire?” everyone shouted “FIREMAN” Another asked “Who would help if I had sore teeth?” everyone shouted “THE DENTIST”.

In our topic lesson we began to look at Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, we cracked the hieroglyphic code and then finally spelt our names in hieroglyphs!

Moving on to ICT, we had to use our iPads to identify how different songs and sounds make us feel, the children then created their own song to represent how they felt. We noticed that slow music could mean we feel tired, sad or relaxed. Fast music can make us feel excited or happy!

Mr Page’s form…

This week was extremely busy. In Science we explored our knowledge and understanding of ‘rocks’. We have looked at and compared the rocks and conducted an experiment to see which different types of rocks absorb the most water.

In intervention we have been carrying out meditation and also mindfulness activities outside.

In art the class have been learning about Indigenous Australian culture and drawing some aboriginal turtles.

In drama the class looked at images from Romeo and Juliet and drew a picture of their chosen scene.

Mrs Woodhead’s class…

We have been learning all about different mini beasts the last couple of weeks and their different habitats. This week we have been exploring different textures. We had fun walking around school feeling all the different textures. We then chose a texture for each mini beast and made our beautiful book. The children were very excited to share it with other children in school.

Miss Rudge’s GCSE art and Year 7 drama…

This week, our Year 10 and 11 GCSE art students took part in a wonderful virtual workshop with a professional Artist. Ian is a Navy veteran and works with the Royal British Legion to support the mental health and wellbeing of military veterans through the use of Art Therapy. The workshop was based on Acrylic painting techniques and the feedback from those involved is just so lovely to read…

  • Gian – I liked it because of the new techniques we learnt and it was very relaxing.
  • Leon – I found the art workshop fun because we got to paint sharks and learnt to blend the colours.
  • Ethan – I really liked the workshop because it was nice and calm, and I could paint. I really, really enjoyed it, Thank you Ian!
  • Kyle – It was good because I got to do something which I like, and it was also nice, calm, and relaxing. It was really nice to work with you too, Thank you Ian.
  • Michael – I really enjoyed the art workshop because we got to paint sharks. It was good because we were painting which I enjoy and learning new skills.
  • Waj – I found Ian’s workshop to be very helpful for developing my art skills also I believe that I really learnt a lot from him, for example learnt how to make realistic looking shadows and different techniques to making your art piece look more realistic.
  • Ciara – I want to tell you how amazing the art workshop was. The art workshop had been amazing and I really enjoyed creating those under the sea canvases! I’ve enjoyed every single second of it!
  • Miss Wharfe – Ian’s workshop was really fun and engaging. Ian gave the students valuable techniques and skills that can be applied to their art work again. All the students and staff had a brilliant afternoon and we can’t wait to do it again!
  • Miss Taylor – The art Workshop was AMAZING! Ian was very patient in explaining each step to ensure everyone understood what they were doing and the correct technique to do it. He clearly explained and demonstrated each step and gave feedback to the students throughout the lesson which really helped them to stay motivated and on task. All the students (and staff) enjoyed themselves and were really motivated and engaged throughout which was lovely to see! Thank you so much Ian, You’re amazing!

I am so impressed with Year 7’s Drama work lately. We have been studying Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Here are some of their brilliant character analysis work…

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Shin’s STAR this week is Noel for having a happy calm week and working hard.
  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Lewis for making great progress in Phonics this week.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Mia for excellent listening this week.

  • Mr Corrigan’s Phonics WOW winners are Brooke and Caitlin.

  • Miss Prescott’s STAR’s of the week are Connor for fantastic work in Phonics and Gerard for persevering in Maths and working extra hard!

  • Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Fatima for recognising that somebody was feeling lonely and offering to help them.

  • Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Zakariya.

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Ivy for being able to take herself to a safe place to calm herself.

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Amario for being honest and reminding children about class rules appropriately.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Ibraaheem for trying his hardest in all of his lessons.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Carlo for being able to solve problems.

  • Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Sophia. Well done!

  • Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Thomas for making a great start at Hollinwood academy.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Hamza for trying really hard to learn how to communicate using a new communication app on his iPad.

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Two weeks ago, Miss Gordon and myself interviewed for a number of teaching assistant posts across both primary and secondary. There was an extremely strong field and the staff that we appointed have all accepted. We have had two new TAs already start and we hope the remaining new recruits will be in place after the Easter holidays. Since our return in January, we have had new children, young people and staff start at Hollinwood Academy. We opened in September 2020 with 238 children and young people and as we return after the Easter holidays, we will have 248 children and young people across the school. The new starters have settled in extremely well and the current children and young people have welcomed their new class friends and teaching assistants.

We finish for the Easter holidays on Thursday 1st April 2021 and return to school on Monday 19th April 2021.

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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