This week, Mrs Needham and a number of staff members from across the school have held coffee afternoons for parents. Here’s what was discussed…
I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone, staff and families, that have supported the first parent support groups at Hollinwood Academy. Also, a special thank you to the work experience team that supported with the hospitality and refreshments. We are really looking forward to the parent support group and moving this forward.
We have started our lesson observations this week and it has been wonderful to spend time in the classrooms seeing what the children and young people have been learning about and observing just how well they have settled into the new academic year, they really are a credit to themselves.
We have observed secondary citizenship and geography, as well as primary phonics and English. We have another two weeks of lesson observations and I can’t wait.
Let’s see what some of our classes have been doing this week starting with Miss Tootill’s class…
“For last year’s words and memories belong to last year and next year’s words eagerly await another voice to be spoken.
We have welcomed back our students ahead of a new beginning to the start of this exciting academic year for our class!
As we know change is never easy, the idea of leaving old habits, things and people behind can be uneasy. There is the opportunity to start something new, to embark on a new chapter and adventure at Hollinwood Academy 2021 – 2022.
This year Miss Tootill, Miss Sutcliffe and Mrs Davies have welcomed six fantastic boys into our classroom. Over the last four weeks our class have adapted to change, accepted new and familiar faces and vowed to have a positive mindset for this academic year.
Since returning to school we have developed our understanding of place value in Maths and explored the local history of Manchester and the role that Alan Turing had during the war.
In geography we have explored weathering and coastal features, alongside how animals and plants grow in science.
This year, our main focus is to have a positive outlook and promote independence, we have started this within our preparation for adulthood lessons by making sandwiches and drinks.
To support our oath this year, we have highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy body in PE whilst practising our Basketball skills.
We can’t wait to share with our families and readers over the next year our memories, learning, laughter and love and, we conclude our blog with this quote:
“A positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”.
Now to Mrs Nuttall’s form…
“This week in Art, our students have been observing how mandala pieces are created and what designs can be used. Miss Pryke showed us some of her own examples and the students have made their own designs using pencil first and then using fine liners to go over the lines, making their creations more effective. Our students have created some amazing pieces of Art and have shown how talented they are.
In science, our students have been looking at how metals react with oxygen. Mr Gold demonstrated how certain metals react differently when held over a Bunsen burner, showing us that some flames will change colour, some won’t and some let off small sparks. This captured the interest of our students, who were then able to have a chance to have a go at experimenting with Magnesium and how metal reacts with oxygen. Our students then had to figure out when the residue of magnesium is mixed with water, whether it makes an acidic or alkaline solution using litmus paper.
In Drama this week with Miss Rudge, our class have been split into groups and looking at different pictures and using them as a stimulus which enables them to create their own scenario based on the picture of their choice and acting them out in front of the class. We had some interesting and hilarious scenes. Drama has shown how creative our students minds are.
In outdoor education, we explored Heaton park with Mr Heap. Whilst in Heaton park, Mr Heap taught our students about safety and behaviour in the community, the do’s and dont’s and stranger danger. We finished our trip out with 20 minutes in the park to release some energy, Mr Ottaway enjoyed the park more than the students.
In English this term, the class have been studying the play ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell. The students have learnt all about poverty in Liverpool in the 1970s and how this affected the life chances for residents at the time. They have finished reading the play and have written up some detailed analysis paragraphs on one of the main characters. This week, they have also come up with their own list of instructions for going on a school trip! There has been some fantastic work so far.”
Miss Bones’ form…
“During Music lessons recently, our form have been learning to use the keyboards and practising 4 note chords. They have then been putting the 4 note chords into their own piece of music which they have composed using different techniques on GarageBand.
In English we have been reading the book ‘The Woman in Black’ which has been read chapter by chapter so far and we have followed with some questions and activities related to these. Discussing the context of the story, different tones used and what the story means to the reader/what they can take out of it and understand to answer the questions competently.
During Food Technology last week, our students did some practical work. They prepared the ingredients such as carrots, peas, sweetcorn, peppers, mushrooms, garlic etc. They all listened well to instructions and prepared and cooked their vegetables with rice in a well organised manner.
This week practical wasn’t an option unfortunately so the class completed some theory work relating to hygiene and health and safety in a kitchen setting and were given a time in which they could complete this to which they all managed to do.
During the past couple of weeks in Science, our form have been planning and investigating an experiment which has involved separating sand and salt from water using the relevant equipment, firstly identifying the equipment needed for the experiment and knowing how to set it up correctly. They have done the experiment in groups of two and recorded their results using tables and graphs to show how they varied and compared these.”
Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…
Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is William for trying hard in class and showing us what a smiley character he is.
Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Oliver for reaching out to his peers to play with him, and showing kindness.
Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Isaam for working extremely hard in Phonics this week.
Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Derry for trying something new.
Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Marley for great contribution in lessons.
Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Sofia for great teamwork.
Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Lillie-Mae. Well done!
Mrs Halkyard’s WOW moment goes to Andie. Well done!
Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Amario for being enthusiastic in his lessons and during after school club.
Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Essah for recognising when he is upset and saying sensory toys help to calm him down.
Miss Simms’ WOW moment goes to Ivy. Well done!
Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Henry for being independent in the swimming pool.
Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Alex for allowing staff to help when I am feeling sad or upset.
Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Zachary for having a fantastic week, working hard and staying positive.
Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Thomas Guest for acknowledging his friends’ strengths.
Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Lucas. Well done!
This week, our Story Bag winners are:
I hope you enjoy the little suitcase full of books with your families at home.
Miss Rudge has been equally impressed with Lucas from Year 8 who has designed a student friendly visual timetable.
He wanted to share with the whole school to help other children too.
Beautiful work and a beautiful gesture! Lucas was awarded our ‘Artist of the week’ for his efforts, and received a new sketch book and sketching pencils.
Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:
Next week, we have an open morning on Tuesday 5th October. We will also be celebrating ‘Hello Yellow Day’ on Wednesday 6th October and throughout the week the children and young people will take part in a range of activities to help promote World Mental Health Day.
Have a lovely weekend.