30 Apr

This week the primary school council held their first meeting of the summer term and they were congratulated for their impressive work in raising money for Autism Awareness Day. The school council were asked what ideas their classes had for sensory equipment that they could invest in using the money raised? Their suggestions included sensory toys such as: a bubble lamp, squeeze and stretchy toys, fidget toys, push pops and water bead activities. They would also like to purchase a small, soft play goal set for outside so they can play football. I am really proud of our primary school councillors and they really enjoy their meetings.

Our secondary school council will be meeting next week as some of our year 11 students had mock exams this week. However, last week six of our secondary school councillors attended their first training session to becoming a Mental Health Ambassador for the school. This is an amazing achievement for our students and I am sure the children and young people at Hollinwood Academy will benefit from this. The Mental Health Ambassadors training will be running every week until the first week of June. The feedback we have had from the students is extremely positive so far.

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

It has been lovely welcoming back the children after the Easter holidays. Some of our children have been shielding so it has been great to see them back in school and not on an iPad screen!

In English, we have been having lots of fun in our new phonics groups. We have enjoyed working with different children and, for some of us, a different teacher!

We have been learning about perimeter in Maths. We have had to use our knowledge of 2D shapes and measurement to understand how to measure the length of each side of a shape and add them together.

In Science, our topic is “materials”. We have learnt about solids, liquids and gases and the properties of these. We explored different materials and decided if they were a solid, liquid or gas. This week, we learnt how to separate mixtures using different equipment. We had dirty water and a dirty beach to clean up and we had to decide on the best equipment to separate the mixtures to help our environment.

Our topic this half term is, “A Kingdom United”. We are learning about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and the famous mountains around the United Kingdom. To start off the topic, we went on a virtual hike! We had to decide what to pack before setting off on our hike and having a snack at the top.

We are currently learning lots of different techniques to help us get ready for our learning. Each morning we complete a sensory circuit or yoga exercises. We are also very lucky because Jo from “Relax Kids” has been coming in to school to help us learn some new mindfulness and relaxation techniques. We have loved dancing, playing games and learning just how amazing we are!

Miss Carpenter’s form…

Our form have returned from their much-needed Easter break and have settled into the summer term brilliantly. We have welcomed a new class member and everyone is getting on great.

During our English lessons, the class have been working on the ‘use of rhetoric.’ Some fantastic pieces of work have been produced. In form time, some of the class have been using rhetorical questions to see if each other can recognise when rhetoric is being used. Here’s an example of some of the work produced this week.

Our Science lessons have been very interesting. We have been learning some very useful skills that we may need in later life. Our topic is electricity and we have been learning how to wire a plug! The class really enjoyed this practical lesson. There were some budding electricians in the group!

Students have continued to develop their skills in Maths and are becoming more confident when looking at indices. This has been a challenging topic for the class but as Miss Carpenter says, “the more you practise, the better you’ll become at something.”

GCSE art students have started to develop their work on ‘Manga’, here are some examples of the work produced. They have been learning how to recreate the face shapes to make an authentic ‘Manga’ piece of work. I can’t wait to see the final pieces!

In food technology, the class have had their first practical lesson for quite a while. Some of them were so excited that they’d not slept the night before! Miss Carpenter said, “due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have not been able to cook for a long time. It has been lovely to get the Year 10 students back into the kitchens and allow them to progress again with their practical work.” The class made some beautiful apple scones which links to their food science topic of enzymic browning.

Finally, we have taken part in badminton during PE lessons and have enjoyed some of the beautiful sunshine we have been experiencing recently! A very busy couple of weeks for the class but they have settled well and are working hard towards their GCSEs.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Caitlin for starting to recognise when she needs her ear defenders and asking for them.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Ollie for having a very chatty week and using his words in different situations.

  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Chris for his effort in English.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Oliver for sharing his feelings about the people he cares about.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Marley. Well done!

  • Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Fatima for using her wonderful manners and always staying calm.
  • Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Sofia for talking about how she feels in SEAL.
  • Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Gerard. Well done!

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Ivy for making good choices at home and school.

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ismaeel for talking about the people and animals he has lost in an appropriate way.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Kaden for helping his peers in their lessons and working hard.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Nathan for acknowledging how he feels when he’s lost someone or something he cares about.

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

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Charlie for handling your emotions and talking about your feelings.
  • Mrs Lomax’s DOJO winner is Lucas. Well done!

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

We are really looking forward to our parents’ evening next Tuesday and Wednesday for our Primary, KS3 and Year 10 children and young people. Unfortunately, due to COVID these will not be able to take place face to face but via telephone call. If you have not yet booked an appointment please use the ParentsApp to do this. If you are struggling, please contact Natalie Ames or Courtney Fullen: 0161 883 2404 and they will support you with this.

Can I just remind all families that Monday 3rd May is a Bank Holiday and school will be closed. We will reopen on Tuesday 4th May.

Have a lovely, long bank holiday weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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