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Blog 18.03.2022

Happy Primary Science Week and what a busy one it has been!

At Hollinwood Academy, we understand the importance of being in the great outdoors and having an appreciation for the world around us. This week, we celebrated nature and our environment through different activities. We took a trip to the woods and the garden centre during outdoor education and used our senses to explore wildlife, habitats and different plants and trees. We also had the chance to make our own habitat and the local bugs are certainly getting 5* treatment in their new hotels! To keep the other wildlife locals happy, we also created bird feeders and seed bombs. Our Tree Champions have been busy this week planting some new trees in our school grounds which is such an amazing thing for our environment. Well done Hollinwood Academy! You are doing a great job at keeping our Earth happy!

This week, we have shared details of the next parent support group that will focus on Evidence for Learning. The meeting will take place at school on Thursday 24th March. We will showcase the new Evidence for Learning app and the impact this is having on learning. The meeting will also be used to support you as parents and families in using the new app and also address any questions that you may have.

As a school, we are still in the early days of exploring this new resource and we would welcome your feedback. Going forward, we would like to use the app to support all students with meeting their EHCP targets so these targets can be met at home as well as school.

Places will be limited for this meeting so please make sure you complete the form on Parent App to secure your place. If there is sufficient demand extra meetings will be put in place. Support for the app will also be given at parents evening.

Prior to the parent support meeting, please can questions surrounding the use of Evidence for Learning be sent through to school, via Parent App, so that we can ensure that the best support is given and all queries are addressed.

We have celebrated Red Nose Day today and the children, young people and staff were invited to wear something red, pink and blueish colours in support of the charity. Mr Stewart and the student council did a fantastic job at organising a Hollinwood Academy cake sale, which went down a treat with our children and young people. We are currently waiting for the final total raised and we will share this next week. The children and young people had a lovely day, as you can see…

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

“This week we have been continuing to learn all about our ‘Farm to fork’ topic. The children have been immersed in our attention autism sessions and have independently made lots of farm animals as part of our stage 4 activities.

We have been reading lots of different farm stories this week and have worked hard to recall and remember the main parts of a story using colourful semantics.

In maths we have been learning all about measuring. We have done fantastically sorting and then ordering long and short. This week we have been using rulers to measure items.

As part of science week, we have learnt about different habitats and even found some nests and burrows on our outdoor education. We then used the items that we had collected to create a nature poster as part of our attention autism.”


Now to Mr Gold’s science lessons…

“This week Miss Potts’ year 7 form have started a topic on reproduction. They have been learning about variation and the changes that happen to the body during puberty and why they happen.

Mrs Nuttall and Miss Meadow’s forms have just completed a topic on electricity and magnetism. Over the last couple of weeks, they have completed a variety of investigations into series and parallel circuits and how voltage, current resistance are measured. They have also been investigating magnetic fields and electromagnets.

Mr Page’s year 9 form’s topic this half term has been forces. They have been learning about contact and non-contact forces, how to measure force and the effect forces have on objects. They enjoyed taking part in a variety of practical investigations into air and water resistance.

Atoms and bonding has been the topic for Miss Rudge’s form this half term. They have been learning about the electron structure of atoms and how this relates to the different chemical bonds that are formed and the properties of different compounds. They have also been learning about the different forms of Carbon and their properties.

This half term Miss Sanderson’s Year 11 form have been studying the forces topic. They have enjoyed completing the required practical investigation into the relationship between force, mass and acceleration. They have also been working hard on practice exam-style questions in preparation for their fast-approaching GCSE exams.”


Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Roman for amazing reading and writing… we are so proud of you Roman.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Eliora for showing concern and kindness when someone was hurt.

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Lewis for engaging in play activities interacting with peers.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Cody for engaging and commenting lots during our attention autism sessions this week.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Isaam for being super proud of his friends this week!

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Logan for coping really well with a lot of changes this week.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to George, David, Shane, Jared, Blaire, Cole and Oscar. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Josh for his effort in Maths this week.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Marco for being a good friend and helping another child up on the playground when he fell.

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

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Alfie for drawing what has made him frustrated.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Matthew for trying new things and joining in with our lessons.

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Hamza for great improvement with interventions.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Alex for recognising when I need help from an adult.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Zachy for working hard in maths.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Marcus for having a great intervention.

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


Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars 


This week, Alison Kippax, who many of you will know from our monthly school clinics, is retiring. Lecia Clegg will be taking over the monthly clinics at Hollinwood Academy and we are looking forward to working with her and she cannot wait to start working with our families. I am sure you will join me and the rest of the staff, Governors and Trustees of Hollinwood Academy and the New Bridge Group in wishing Alison well as she begins a new chapter. Happy retirement.

We are celebrating my husband’s birthday this weekend seeing family and friends which we are all looking forward to. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


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