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World Mental Health Day (and more…)

It is World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October and this week we have taken part in Young Minds #HelloYellow Mental Health Awareness Campaign. On Friday 8th October and throughout the week the children and young people have taken part in a range of activities to help promote World Mental Health Day.

The whole school have been working together to help raise the children’s awareness of mental health and on Friday, our children, young people and staff wore yellow to show our support and to raise awareness and support for Young Minds charity. You can find out more about the work the charity does on their website


or through social media


Throughout the week our children and young people have being taking part in lots of activities to help them develop an understanding of what is meant by mental health and ways to look after our mental health including exploring supportive friendships.

The activities have included learning to be calm, and staff have been teaching self-soothing and calming activities and have been supporting children in using these.

We have also looked at the damage to mental health caused by being unkind and we have been exploring our support networks, as well as people who can help us overcome any issues we may come across. We have also taken advantage of the warmer weather to get outside and experience the benefits of getting out and moving.

We hope you enjoy our pictures…

This week, we have continued to carry out lesson observations and we have observed Primary: EYFS, music, maths and attention autism.

At secondary, we have observed: food technology, English, Spanish, ICT and maths.

It is so nice to be back in the classroom observing teaching and learning and watching the children engage and get so much out of their lessons and most importantly, being so settled.

Next week is our final week of lesson observations and the week before we finish for October half term myself, Miss Gordon and Mrs Needham will be carrying out teacher’s performance management meetings.

Following this, I have a meeting with three of our local governors on Thursday 21st October to ratify the teacher’s performance management process and I will be celebrating achievements and also highlighting any areas for development.

Now to see what some of our classes have been doing this week, starting with Miss Collinge’s class…

“Miss Collinge’s class have had a fantastic start to the new term and we are excited to show you some of our learning.

We have loved our music lessons. We have explored musical instruments, singing and taking turns. Our favourite instruments are playing the guitar and the drum!

We have continued to develop our communication and are using lots of new words and symbols in class.

For our topic, ‘My Family,’ we have made portraits using different items- look how amazing they are!

In living skills, we have practiced rolling, using a knife, mashing, grating and using a pestle and mortar!”


Let’s see what Mr Page’s form have been doing this week…

“This week was extremely busy for our class and the students worked really hard. They have showed us how well they can work together and the importance of team work.

We also participated in a new activity called “movement break” which allowed our class to access the outdoors for a short break. The focus of this movement break was to see how we felt before and after the break. Each and every student wrote their own feelings and we have discussed the importance of the movement break.

In English, we have continued reading ‘The Woman in Black’ and they have been recognising different character traits and emotions. This allowed students to understand the characters and the expressive language. This also links to what they have been learning previously such as different language techniques.

In Spanish, we have been learning all about healthy eating and exploring different foods.

Students have been expressing their likes and dislikes and they learned how to write what their favourite foods are in full sentences in Spanish.

Throughout the lesson, the class got comfortable writing sentences independently with the use of a Spanish dictionary. Miss Cowling was very impressed with the class.

In History, the students have enjoyed learning all about World War 2. They have shown great interest in the topic and Miss Sanderson was impressed with the classroom knowledge.

The class have been focusing on the true facts about World War 2 and have created a timeline to understand the events that took place during World War 2.

The class also watched a short educational clip to understand slightly what the War would have looked like. Whilst watching the clip the class made notes of different events that were occurring and the emotions they may have felt if they were in the War and fighting for their country.


Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is George for being a superstar and concentrating so well during Attention Autism for 15 minutes.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Harrison for recognising all his friends and pointing out who is happy and who is sad.

Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Victory for improving his behaviour this week!

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Logan for a fantastic first week and settling into his new class really well.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Cole for handling his emotions really well this week and staying calm in difficult situations.

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Sofia for being enthusiastic about reading and trying really hard.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Andie for super knowledge on mental health and contributing in the discussions.

Mrs Halkyard’s WOW moments go to Chris and Lucas. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard’s dojo winner is Lucas. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Renico for trying his best to listen to adults at home and school.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Ebon for persevering in Maths and with friendships.

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Loga for amazing reading with his library book at home!

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Elliot for always showing kindness to his teachers and friends.

Miss Simms’ WOW moment goes to Amario. Well done!

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Thomas for great phonics work and having a go by himself.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Jacob for recognising when somebody is happy, sad, angry or excited.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Charlie for dealing with change.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Ethan for recognising peers’ emotions.

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

This week, our Story Bag winners are:

KS1: Victory

KS2: Sofia

I hope you enjoy the little suitcase full of books with your families at home.

This week, we held our first onsite open morning that was really well received. We had 28 families join us over seven tour groups and they got to see the school, how we run the day, the curriculum offer and the bespoke learning opportunities that we provide.

These visits and open mornings help families to make one of the most important decisions about their child’s education and if Hollinwood Academy is the right provision for their child.

Next week, we have our first open evening on Tuesday 12th October. It has been really nice to open the doors to Hollinwood Academy again and show new prospective families our school.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

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