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Blog 04.02.2022

All primary and some secondary classes will have been contacted by their class teacher this week to inform them that we will no longer be using Class Dojo as a form of class based communication, but we will be moving to Evidence for Learning.

We will continue to use the ParentApp for whole school communication.

As a school, we have invested in using Evidence for Learning as a new platform from September 2021 to support staff in evidencing, assessing and tracking progress and we
will now be using this platform to communicate and share learning with families.

Friday 4th February will be the last day that the staffing teams will communicate via Class Dojo, so please make sure that you have the Evidence for Learning family app installed on your phone and we can communicate this way moving forward.

Please make sure that you download the correct version of the app, the icon has a pink bar at the bottom and says ‘family’… 

You will receive an email invite from Evidence for Learning, please check your junk mail if the email does not appear in your inbox.

To use the app, you will need to login using the domain as hollinwood (all lower case), the username is your email, and the password is the same as the Evidence for Learning web password.

To support with this transition, there are a number of ‘how to’ videos, photos and parent resources on the Evidence for Learning website:


However, if families are struggling to access Evidence for Learning, please contact Mrs Needham:


or school on 0161 883 2404

and she will be more than happy to assist.

Let’s find out what some of the classes have been doing starting with Miss Prescott’s class…

“This term in class we have been looking at tally charts and pictograms. The children have enjoyed learning to create tally charts and turn them into pictograms.

In science we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We pretended to separate particles using pom poms to show how they act in gases, liquids and solids. The children were able to show off their knowledge during this experiment.

In Outdoor Education we have enjoyed orienteering around Daisy Nook and Strinesdale. We followed the orienteering routes looking for the posts to show us which way to go. The children did fantastic work, working together to find each post using their maps. Our adventures have been very muddy but the children handled it amazingly, even when we had the odd slip!

In PSHRE we have been thinking about being positive about ourselves and others. We have thought about strategies to help us. We have been filling in our positivity journals,
writing down reasons as to why we are amazing, things we are good at and everything else that is positive about ourselves.

We have been learning how to be good friends, what is kind and unkind. The children have really shown this term how much they have learned in PSHRE, they’ve all worked very hard at putting it into practice. We are all very proud of them!

 In our swimming lessons this term we have been practicing our log rolls. With sheer determination the children have all managed to learn this skill and do it confidently.

Each week the children are becoming more confident in the water. They absolutely love their swimming lessons!”

Now to Mr Page’s form…

“This week our form have been focusing on World War One poetry. They have explored life in trenches and imagery in the poems: ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke, and ‘The
Send Off’ by Wilfred Owen. The class have worked really hard analysing the language features used in the poems and developing and understanding of each poets’ point of

They have produced some fantastic work.

In science, the topic is electricity. The class have been learning about how to measure voltage and current in series and parallel circuits. The class have enjoyed completing
practical lessons for this topic, and have been creating their own series and circuits.

In art, students had a wonderful time working on a canvas. Each student was given their own canvas and asked to choose a Hundertwasser piece to create a forgery of.

Students were free to use paint as and when needed and staff were so impressed with all students’ independence skills. What a lovely lesson. We can’t wait to see what they
turn out like next week! Even the staff had a go too.”

Now to Mr Akhtar’s form…

“In form we have been very busy this week. We have welcomed our new form tutor Mr Akhtar who is now the new ICT teacher, and he has been settling very well into the

We have enjoyed getting to know each other and hearing Mr Akhtar’s stories as an extra in coronation street!

For Duke of Edinburgh this week, we went for a walk around Tandle Hills and began to learn the skills for orienteering. We were lucky that the weather was dry.

In ICT we have been developing our websites for digital games and this week we have been looking at how different devices connect to the internet.

In English we have been focusing on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and how the witches use their power and control over Macbeth.

In Science, we have been studying physics and how energy is transferred and renewed and looking at particular energy sources and where the energy comes from.

In maths we have been learning how to calculate area of shapes including prisms and cones.

We have been studying Nazi Germany and WW2 this term and this week we have been focusing on how women were expected to behave in Nazi Germany compared to before
the war.

In P.E we have been playing basketball and our form have been really improving their skills in the game, whilst enjoying the competitive nature sport brings.

Our students have also enjoyed their interventions with the interventions team, and Keira has particularly enjoyed doing her boxing with Miss Sharples.

Tommy also has been doing a finance course and he achieved his level 2 qualification earlier this week and will now begin working towards his level 3.”

On Friday morning, I was invited to a London Street party that Mrs Woodhead and Miss Collinge’s class had organised as they arrived in London as part of their topic work.

They also invited the Reception children to their street party which was lovely to see. Thank you so much for the invite and all the children and staff fully enjoyed themselves.

I particularly enjoyed dancing with Henry. It looks like they have had a great week in London and I can’t wait to find out where they are going next on their travels.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Oliver for being assertive and showing interest in other students.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is George for being a kind friend and sharing his toys with his other children in his class.

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Simisola for engaging in learning new things every day and always trying her best.

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Louis for working very hard in maths, he has been counting, ordering and matching numbers.

Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Joshua for being so polite this week and asking for help when he needs.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Shane for being an outstanding example to others in listening and staying safe.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Cole for great communication this week — using his words when he has needed help and being patient when he’s had to wait.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moments goes to Isaam and Jared. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Marco for excellent effort in lessons.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for using the calm corner really well.

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

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Renico for trying super hard to use his indoor voice.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for sharing his fidget toys with his friends.

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

Miss Prescott’s swimming certificate goes to Fatima. Well done!

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Matthew for settling back into school with confidence and kindness.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Alfie for being able to calm himself down when he is frustrated.

Miss Simms’ swimming certificate goes to Ivy. Well done!

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Charlie for trying his best and working hard.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Ethan for being resilient.

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

This week, our Story Bag winners are:

KS1: Maja
KS2: Shane

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

Can I inform our families that we finish for the February half term on Friday 18th February and we return on Tuesday 1st March 2022.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
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