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Week 3 at HWA

Take a look at the latest updates from around Hollinwood Academy, including SEAL, Star and Dojo Awards.

This week we have returned to our class blogs. Let’s see what Miss Simms and Miss Meadows’ classes have been up to since we returned to school.

Miss Simms’ class…

Wow, what a brilliant and busy first few weeks we have had. We have been learning, getting to know each other and most importantly – having fun. Your kindness, big personalities, laughter and jokes are certainly making Miss Simms one lucky teacher!

Here are a few things we have been up to this week:


This week we started working in our new phonics groups which might have meant a different teacher or different room for some of us! We have dealt wonderfully with this change and have spent the week getting to know our new phonics class and teacher.

Preparation for adulthood

We couldn’t believe our luck this week – games, Just Dance and Nutella sandwiches in one lesson!? This week we have been focussing on modelling and copying actions and demonstrated this by playing Simon Says and copying different dance moves. We then watched Miss Simms model making a sandwich and had a go at making our own. We even learnt to tidy up after ourselves and make our classroom sparkling clean!


In geography we have been learning about weathering and coastal erosion. This week, we learnt how bays and headlands are formed and searched for some on our iPads using Google Earth. We thought Widemouth Bay in Cornwall actually looked like a person with their mouth open wide!


We have been learning about the war in history and this week we were looking at rationing. We were given a plate and we had to share the small amount of food with our table. Some of us were even breaking up the crisps and biscuits to make sure every person got the same amount – very thoughtful! We decided that this amount of food wouldn’t even be enough to feed our group for a day let alone a week!


Our focus this term in PE is basketball and we have been working together with Miss Tootill’s class. After learning a new skill, we end the lesson by playing a basketball match and each week we have been getting better and better at showing amazing teamwork. Maybe we are home to the next LeBron James?

Star and SEAL Awards

Star – Evan for participating in class discussions, asking for help and playing group games with other children. 


SEAL – Ismaeel for showing excellent perseverance and not being afraid to make mistakes. 

A look at our week…

Miss Meadow’s Class…

“It has been wonderful to have all the young people back and we have had a fantastic start to year 8. We have been reading the Stick Man, we can all retell the story and have looked at the emotions of the main characters.

We have also completed a sciencebased Attention Autism this week, we all made our own predictions of what would happen when we added a fizzy tablet to oil and water. We were all amazed when we found out the results. Everyone followed the procedures of the experiment perfectly and achieved the correct result.

We visited Chadderton Hall park this week for Outdoor ed, the pupils loved using the equipment.

We also discussed the importance of safety within the community. This week our two student councillors have been working really hard and been given their badges, we are extremely proud of them.

We have created our own unique pieces of music by using Garage band where we had to create a bassline and a bass, there were some great pieces of music.

We have a new member of staff who has joined our class called Miss Fraz, the pupils have adapted to this change very well. We are so proud of each and every one of them.”

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Harrison for settling in so well, being eager to learn and experience new things. He has also started to create his own picture sentences at snack time and is enjoying all the praise he gets when he reads his sentence out loud. Proud of you Harrison, keep up the good work you really are a super star.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Roman for being such a good friend to children in the class this week. He is becoming more confident in outdoor play and encouraged others to engage with him…..usually to get them to pedal the bikes so he can have a ride 😊. Roman you are a bundle of joy!

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Stanley for working hard on his fine motor skills, making new friends, and settling into the new school routine.

Miss Marston’s SEAL Superstar is Ethan using symbols and words to communicate his needs and emotions.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is David for working extremely hard in all his lessons this week.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Blaire for being proud of her friends’ achievements.

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Lucas for a great week, being helpful and friendly.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Tyler for thinking of strengths of all his friends. 

Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Lillie. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Lucas for working really hard in Maths on his times tables.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Connor for following instructions in Phonics and working well with his partner.

Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Gerard. Well done!

Miss Collinge’s STARs of the week is Nabiha for an amazing start to her new phonics group.

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Evan for participating in class discussions, asking for help and playing group games with other children. 

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ismaeel for showing excellent perseverance and not being afraid to make mistakes. 

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Farrukh for being brave and following instructions.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Hamza for using his tiding up stills to help his friends.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Charlie for having a great week and managing changes.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for getting to know his friends and identifying their strengths.

Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Daniel. Well done!

Star of the week for DCE class is Nabiha for an amazing start to her new phonics group. 

This week, we have started our Story Bag winners again. All of the children that have been picked as STAR of the week get the opportunity to take the little suitcase full of books home. Our winners this week are: 

KS1: Harrison

KS2: Charlie

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:


Over the next three weeks, myself, the senior leadership team and curriculum leads will be conducting lesson observations that will form part of the teacher’s performance management meetings.

Lesson observations are a highlight of the calendar for us as it gives us the opportunity to be back in the classroom, sitting with the children and young people to find out what they have been covering, how they are doing in class and it is always a pleasure to observe our outstanding staff do what they do best. I equally enjoy the dialogue that we have after the observations and during teacher performance management meetings. We will certainly be busy over the next three weeks.

This week letters regarding a parent governor vacancy at Hollinwood Academy have been shared with families. This is an amazing opportunity and being a Governor is an important role in school as the Governors work alongside myself in setting the overall direction of travel and are involved in important decisions about the school. Please make sure you complete the nomination form and send this back to info@hollinwoodacademy.org or hand your completed forms into reception.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Millard





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