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Welcome to another blog! This week we held another well attended Parents’ Evening. It was great to see so many parents and the overall feeling, especially for the pupils who have joined us this half term, was that families are very happy with the provision we offer.

As we near the end of a very busy term, it is important to reflect on how far our pupils have progressed in such a short space of time. If you didn’t get chance to complete our quick questionnaire on the evening, you can still click here to let us know what you thought.

Today at Primary, Mrs Lomax’s class had a surprise visitor..

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..and what a wonderful way to start December with a visit from the Elf on the Shelf!!

Our class arrived to find our chairs and morning challenge all over the floor. We’d been left a clue though, as all the colouring pictures had magically changed into selfie pictures of the Elf on the Shelf. Tyler and Josh tried to work out what had happened..

..but the children couldn’t understand why there was such a mess..

Marco and George were very puzzled..

Josh arrived and wondered what had happened to our classroom!

Christopher tried to come up with some ideas..

We then had a hunt for the Elf..

..and eventually we found him hiding in our Christmas decorations!

We kept looking and found a letter from the Elf..

..and found out his name, Selfie the Elfie..

We then tidied up our classroom..

..and used the opportunity to look at making good or poor choices.

We wonder where Selfie the Elfie will turn up next and what he will get up to!!

This week, myself and Mrs Millard had the pleasure of watching one of Miss Meadows’ classes. I was so impressed with their persuasive writing lesson that I asked Miss Meadows to share what they have been doing..

Are we adopting an endangered panda or an elephant?

This week we have been focusing on persuasive writing and I thought it would be a good idea for the children to write persuasively for their Christmas present – we are adopting an endangered animal!

We used a number of persuasive devices such as rhetorical questions and facts to persuade everyone that our animal was the one we should adopt! After some fabulous writing, we debated and we have chosen the elephant as our Christmas endangered animal – well done, everyone!

Now for our SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Lewis for using lots of new signs and vocalising initial sounds
    SEAL Superstar: Ollie for beginning to join in group activities more
  • Miss Grimsley’s class:
    Star of the Week: Fatima for joining in and doing some amazing singing in our nativity practice
    SEAL Superstar: Mia for joining in singing and signing our Maths song with her friends..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Christopher for trying extra hard in his yoga and being able to demonstrate the poses..

SEAL Superstar: Farrukh for joining in with our small group work re-telling the Christmas Story in our role play area

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Bronson for the fantastic ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ book he made himself to read to the whole class..

SEAL Superstar: Byron for showing great communication skills by asking a friend questions about the story and listening to their answers and Zachary for showing great communication skills by listening to and answering a friend’s questions about the story..

  • Miss Louden’s class:
    Star of the Week: Brooke for using her ‘little voice’
    SEAL Superstar: Alivia for playing with and talking to her friends
  • Miss Shin’s class:
    Star of the Week: Alfie for making good choices this week
    SEAL Superstar: Jacob and Lana for working well in a group..

Well done, everyone!

Letters have gone home to families with details of our Santa Stroll and how to pre-order a copy of our Nativity on DVD in time for Christmas – please click here if you would like to find out more!

I hope you all have a great weekend,


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Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

School Hours

Mon – Fri:
08:45 – 15:00

Breakfast Club runs Mon – Fri:
08:00 – 08:45

After School Clubs run Mon – Thurs:
15:00 – 16:45

Compulsory TIme Open: 31.25 hours

Weekends: Closed

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0161 883 2404