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Welcome to another week’s blog. Yesterday 4 of our Key Stage 3 pupils visited Medita Square in Oldham where Digit4ll, the New Bridge IT Pathway is based, and took part in the national BBC School News Report. You can read all about what they got up to in Thomas’ report..

‘Media trip to Medtia’ written by Thomas

We set off from school at 8:45 and arrived at MEDTIA square at roughly 9:00. Mr Bright took us all into a room with the MEDTIA team and other students from New Bridge and Spring Brook. Our first task was to find news stories in groups to pitch to the group.
The Hollinwood team found three stories: Exploding headphones, Diabetes cure and the World’s biggest Jaffa cake. The whole team chose the 6 best stories and the Headphones and the Jaffa Cake were 2 of the 6.
The Hollinwood team was given the Exploding Headphones story and quickly decided to interview a member of staff at a local game shop. After interviewing, we came back and wrote up the story into a structured news story, to be read out later on camera.
We had lunch then played on the computers because we finished early. At 1:45, we began to record the final news story and then after that, edited the footage from the game shop interview. Finally, it was time to go home at 3:00.

You can read more about their exciting day here and watch the very professional News Report they produced – including Thomas’ interview on the Exploding Headphones! Now let’s find out what Mr Davies’ class have been up to this week..

In English the class have been looking at spoken language and in particular the relationship between the teacher and the student..

Our Geography lessons have seen us researching the topic ‘brands without borders’ and finding out where the brands came from that made the most profit per year..

In our intervention session Sasha led an informative presentation on depression and the effect it can have on teenagers..

The pupils have learnt how to use microphones to make polar patterns in Music by measuring how many sound waves a microphone can pick up. In History the class looked at how diseases were easily spread during the industrial revolution and what was done to combat them..

The pupils have been continuing their work on making a video on internet safety in ICT and they researched animal rights in Citizenship and what needs to be done to help animals that are vulnerable..

The class have continued to enjoy tag rugby in PE and in RE they have done more work on Hinduism, looking at three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva..

Their Science lessons have been very popular – they dissected a heart and thoroughly enjoyed it..

In Drama the class have been busy researching musicals and completing a fact file..

Due to the class becoming more mature, in assembly they looked at different leadership styles in the hope that they will want to take on more responsibility..

The class would like to thank Mr Boycott and Mrs Ismail for their hard work all week.

Moving onto our primary department, let’s see what Mr Corrigan’s class have been up to this week..

In Maths we have been building bridges to help us with measuring and comparing length..

In English we have been reading The Three Little Pigs. To help with our sentence formation and sequencing we have been building straw..


and brick housing and seeing if we can blow them down..

We have been exploring farms in our Creative Curriculum topic ‘Down on the farm’ this term, and this week we have been looking at what foods the animals produce for us..

Harry is continuing to enjoy his work experience placement volunteering at Age UK in Oldham. Here you can see him doing an excellent job of making sure the shop looks and smells really clean – we have even had an email from the staff there saying, “Thanks again to Harry, our unit is looking good”..

Our SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week are:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Joshua and Tyler for learning number bonds to 10..

SEAL Superstar: Marley for being able to identify something he worries about

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Essah for asking for help and starting to use his ‘loud voice’..

SEAL Superstar: Zachary for beginning to express his emotions appropriately, both at school and at home..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Joshua for doing some fantastic learning in literacy..

SEAL Superstar: Reece for being able to recognise when he is worried and for talking about the worries..

  • Miss Louden’s class:
    Star of the Week: Lewis for good listening and having gentle hands
    Seal Superstar: Olivia for talking about her feelings
  • Miss Parkinson’s class
    Star of the Week: Connor for noticing adverbs in his book during reading
    Seal Superstar: Kia for expressing her worries in class this week
  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week: Olivia for staying calm and working hard in class and Aaron for good listening and making the right choices
    Seal Superstar: Nick for sharing his worries with a teacher
  • Mrs Halkyard’s class:
    Star of the Week: Caitlin for her excellent newspaper report
    Seal Superstar: Chrissy for sharing her worries and feelings

My Head Teacher’s Award goes to Olivia for working hard in class and staying calm. Well done, everyone!

I have also given out a special Head Teacher’s Award today to Cameron in Miss Rudge’s form. Miss Rudge and the staff who teach Cameron are impressed with his impeccable manners – wonderful to hear!

We are very excited to be launching the New Bridge Group lottery today to help raise funds directly for our young people – if you would like to find out more, please click here for details!

I hope you all have a great weekend,



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