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Blog 19.11.2021

This week has been a busy week, our Key Stage 4 students have been undertaking their mock GCSEs and these will be running for the next two weeks. I have been so pleased with our students and the determination and commitment to their mock exams. This week, they have completed: maths paper 1, physics paper 1, English language paper 1, Spanish reading paper 3, food paper 1, chemistry paper 1, geography paper 1 and Spanish speaking paper 2. Busy week and they have all been amazing!! One week down, two to go – you can do this!

On Wednesday, I showed one of our new Governors: Andrew Hill, parent governor, around the school. I wanted to provide Andrew with the background to Hollinwood Academy from September 2015 to present day so he had a really good understanding of where we have come from, to where we are now and what our current challenges are that we are facing. It was lovely to show Andrew around school while the children and young people were busy working and some of the secondary students had some fantastic questions but also shared their experiences of Hollinwood Academy with him. I then received a lovely email from Andrew thanking me for my time and for showing him Hollinwood Academy in all its glory and he was so impressed with our children and young people. We have our first Governors meeting on 6th December which I am really looking forward to.

On Friday, we celebrated Children in Need day and held our super learning day – what a busy, fun day we had. Let’s start with Children in need and over to our school council…

Another fantastic effort from our school council and the whole school team. They have successfully organised and ran the bake sale in school to raise money for Children in Need. We are thrilled to see the commitment of the students in raising money and awareness for various charities. We are thankful to the students, parents/carers and staff for generously donating cakes to the cake sale and all those involved in buying and helping to sell and promote the cakes. The cake sale raised over £190 and including the donations for pyjama day we raised a fantastic: £366.80. All of this will be donated to Children in Need, and we are so pleased that our children and young people decided to get involved in this.

Super Learning Day is always a special and exciting time in primary at Hollinwood Academy. The day gives the children the opportunity to focus on the religious aspects of the curriculum. This year our Super Learning Day was even more exciting as we were dressed in our pyjamas for Children in Need Day!

The focus of today’s Super Learning Day was spiritual development and how religion can help support our friendships and relationships. The children have explored the teachings of different religions and discussed how they can help people to develop healthy relationships and how they can help communities to come together.

The children have looked at different religious celebrations and how they celebrate them with friends and families while some of the children have reflected back on lockdown and not being able to see friends and family last year and how they felt about this.

All the children have enjoyed their learning and the special activities they have taken part in. The learning the children have done has been amazing and we hope you enjoy looking at our photographs.

At secondary, the key stage 3 and 4 students took part in their super learning day in the afternoon looking at spiritual journeys as the students took part in two lessons focusing on spiritual developments.

The first lesson focused on Marriage in the Christian faith and how adults’ transition into a married life and continue their commitment to their beliefs. Students had a variety of activities to pick from including planning a wedding and rewriting the original wedding vows to help modernise them.

The second lesson focused on the rite of passage into adulthood in a variety of different religions. This included looking into Bar Mitzvah, communions, marriages and funerals and how these differ based on the most common religions in the U.K.

All the students worked very hard on these lessons and now have a better understanding of spiritual development in the U.K.

Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Mrs Corrigan’s class…

It has been a very busy first term and the class have been working extremely hard. They have loved exploring their local area in Outdoor Education – from parks to supermarkets.

In Attention Autism this half term we have used our Science topic, Materials, to inform our sessions. Other topics this year include; Habitats (Science), Bonfire night and What a Wonderful World (Geography).

In our Geography lessons we have taken a closer look at planet earth through identifying and exploring all the many ways the continents differ. This half term our focus has been climates around the world.

The class excelled in the Guy Fawkes role play lessons in History and loved learning about him and the Gun Powder plot in soft play.

In Art this week the class have been creating gold coins, focusing on different medias, for the Staff Panto.

In PE the children loved learning new basketball skills in the first half term and we have been exploring turns and rolls so far in gymnastics this half term.

Our Maths topic for the first half term was Place Value – exploring all the different ways we can represent numbers. This half term’s focus has been Addition and Subtraction – this week we have been getting to know our number bonds.

In Science our first half term focus on Habitats really caught the children’s imagination. They loved exploring the places different animals live using the soft play area and learning why they live there. This half term our topic has been Materials and their properties. The class have been grouping materials and choosing the right one for different jobs.

Read Write Inc. has been a big hit in English sessions and, together with a daily story time, has inspired the children to more readily pick up and enjoy a book themselves in their own time.

Now to Miss Fletcher’s class…

This week has been a busy one for our class! In maths, we have been comparing sizes and looking at big and small. Aiden and Katie have enjoyed ordering different arctic animals by height order. Mariam has been learning to use the part-whole model and Daanish has been multiplying 2-digit and 3-digit numbers!

In English, we have been using colourful semantics to help us write descriptions about our story ‘snow friends’. Katie and Aiden have worked really hard on their pen practice and Mariam and Daanish have been practicing writing descriptive sentences.

In topic, we have been looking at the seasons as part of this terms theme ‘Artic Adventures’. We went on an autumn scavenger hunt around school and looked at the different plants and animals that can be found during Autumn.

In food technology, the students had their second lesson on making Pizzas and did an amazing job of following and reading instructions, food hygiene, cutting and measuring out ingredients. We had lots of compliments from staff and students as we made the whole top corridor smell like pizza!

On outdoor education, the students visited Heaton Park with Mrs Bennett. Whilst there, the class explored the Autumn nature trail, walked around the park, and fed the wildlife, it was so much fun! Mariam had her handmade binoculars at the ready to help spot the animals!

On Friday, we had a special afternoon assembly about children in need and made our own Pudsey paintings. We loved going down to the bake sale and Jess was very impressed with the student’s maths skills when paying for their tasty treats. In our assembly we celebrated our biggest achievements from the week and congratulated Aiden for winning star of the week for his amazing effort with his speaking and listening!

Well done everyone, you have all shown amazing resilience and determination this week and I look forward to what the rest of this term will bring!

Mr Gold has been busy in his Science lab this week…

It has been an exciting week in the science lab with lots of practical experiments taking place.

Mrs Potts’ year 7 form have been learning about the particle model and how substances change state between solids, liquids and gases. They have been applying their knowledge of changes of state and separation techniques to extract pure salt from rock salt.

Over the last couple of weeks Miss Meadow’s year 8 form have been learning about the properties of materials. This week they have been developing their practical skills by investigating which materials make the best thermal insulators.

Mrs Nuttall’s year 8 forms topic this half term has been forces. They have been learning how forces act on objects and how to measure force. They have also been learning about the force of gravity and how to calculate the weight of objects on different planets. This week they have been focusing on air resistance. They have been planning and carrying out an investigation into how the size of a parachute effects the speed it falls.

Mr Page’s year 9 form have been learning about chemical reactions. They have been learning how different metals react with oxygen, water and acids. They have also been learning about energy changes in chemical reactions and the difference between exothermic and endothermic reactions. This topic has involved lots of practical work which the class have really enjoyed.

Miss Rudge’s year 10 form have made a good start to their GCSE course. This half term they have been studying atomic structure and the periodic table. They have learned how ideas about the structure of the atom have changed throughout history and what the current model of the atom looks like. They have been learning about how the periodic table is arranged and how to use that information to be able to determine the atomic structure of different elements.

This half term Miss Sanderson’s year 11 form have been studying hard for their science mock exams. They have been using a variety of study aids such as revision guides, revision notes, videos and past papers to help them prepare for exams in biology, chemistry and physics.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Roman for amazing singing during registration and remembering all the words. Also, for being enthusiastic in everything he does.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Eliora for settling in well and joining in play with her friends.

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Rayyan for talking in full sentences.

Miss Parkinson’s STARs of the week are Joshua for improved behaviour and good listening this week and Ollie for reading a story aloud to his friends.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Jacob for excellent engagement with the Christmas performance — great singing Jacob!

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Xander for being an outstanding friend this week — instantly getting up and sitting with a friend at lunch when he realised they were sat on their own.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moments go to Shane and Isaam. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Corey for sharing some lovely cookies and always using manners.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Jake for accepting everyone is different and recognising strengths in others.

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

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Ivy for understanding when to appropriate to make jokes to make her friends laugh!

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Elliot for always showing an interest in what his friends like.

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

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Thomas for working independently.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Hamza for being a good friend.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Thomas for being brave.


Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Zachy for recognising people’s strengths.

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars

WOW, what a busy week!!


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


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