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Blog 11.03.2022


Last week was National Careers week and some students at Hollinwood Academy have been focusing on their future goals. During lessons students have been looking at a range of careers in different subject areas. Students from year 9 and 10 have also had the opportunity to participate in a session organised and delivered by Vicky, from Positive Steps (who are our careers support service at Hollinwood Academy). They completed a question to see what kind of person they were e.g. the motivator, the visionary, the risk taker, the carer or the detective. This then gave students an insight to their personality, their strength and some job suggestions. Well done to all students who participated in National Careers Week 2022.

On Friday a number of key stage 2 children have been very active as they took part in a rowing competition. The children had lots of fun and they tried to row as fast and as far as they could. As you can see from our photos the children had an amazing time!

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

Our topic is ‘Walking in the Jungle’ this term so we have been exploring different animals that live in the jungle and what they look like.

Our book this week is called Zoo Vet which is a lovely story about a vet who helps all types of animals get better. For our communication sessions we made sentences from Zoo Vet using colourful semantics, the children really enjoyed it. We also got very creative painting and decorating our own animals from the story such as a rhinoceros, tiger, flamingo, and chameleon.

We have been learning about shape in maths, and this week we looked at different 2D shapes and what we can make with them. The children used their shapes to make different patterns and pictures such as trains and busses and even a shape pizza. We hid shapes in flour, glitter and sand and the children enjoyed looking and naming the shapes they found.

Now to Mr Owen’s form…

During this week in class we have been learning about pounds in science and how the bonds are different depending on the elements that it contains.

We have been enhancing our independent living skills by learning to bake bread.

In Preparing for Adulthood the students have been learning about how to store food properly and what can happen if it is not, this has been turned into a science experiment in our room for the students to observe. We have three slices of bread in containers, one has been soaked in vinegar, another in water and a third just on its own.

In maths the students have been learning various methods to multiply 2-digit numbers as well as learning to convert between units of measurements, for example mm, cm, M and ml, cl, L.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is William for amazing engagement and joining in lessons with smiles and enthusiasm.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Harrison for always being so calm and joyful in class and making others happy.

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Mysha for engaging really well in attention autism and trying very hard with her tasks.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is William for engaging really well with imaginative play in the tuff trays on a number of occasions this week.

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Kai for having a fantastic week!

Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Ollie for controlling is own emotions this week.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is David for making a great start with his new carpet time target.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Xander for staying calm in stressful situations.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to Derry, Cole and Blaire. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Daniel for trying super hard in Phonics lessons.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for being a good friend.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Marley. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Ebon for making good choices in outdoor education

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Eli for asking for support and showing his work to teachers.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Logan for learning how to ask for help calmly.

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Henry for trying new foods.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Jacob for initiating play with friends.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Ethan for working hard in lessons

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for sharing his strengths

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars 


I took my girls to watch the Superleague netball in Manchester on Saturday as Manchester Thunder took on local rivals Leeds Rhinos at the AO Arena.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too.

Mrs Millard


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