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Blog 25.03.2022


Last week, we celebrated Red Nose day and we raised a grand total of …. £340.14 which is amazing!

A big thank you to all the children, young people, families and staff who supported this and a big shout out to Mr Stewart and the student council who did a fantastic job at organising the Hollinwood Academy cake sale.

Mr Stewart was especially impressed with Katie and Daniel who worked tirelessly to take the cakes to every classroom. Liam and Alex also helped with the set up and handing out price lists, which Daley had made. I know the school council and Mr Stewart are busy planning some Easter activities and we will keep you posted about these.

It has been great to see our school nurses return back on site to carry out their appointments, assessments and caseloads. Recently, Sam, who is based at Hollinwood Academy, along with Lisa who work for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group Specialist School Nurse Team delivered some dental hygiene lesson to all of our primary classes at Hollinwood Academy covering vital dental care.

The lesson consisted of a brief overview of why dental care is important, what we use our teeth for and why it’s important to look after them. This was followed by a demonstration of the correct way to brush our teeth from Denis the dental dinosaur. This included a practical session where each child was encouraged to join in using the props provided to support the lesson. The children were asked if they had any questions or were worried about the dentist and the children were able to talk individually to Sam and Lisa who answered their questions and guided them with the correct techniques of brushing and reinforcing the message of brushing twice a day for around two minutes. Sam and Lisa received some lovely feedback from the children and staff…

The staff found the lesson helpful getting the message across at a level their class could relate too from EYFS to year 6.

The staff felt the children loved the resources and had fun while learning.

The children enjoyed using Denis the dental Dino and brushing his teeth.

The children liked having a go at brushing teeth.

The children wanted us to come and talk with them again about different subjects.

Thank you Sam and Lisa and we look forward to your next lesson and supporting our children with vital care and information.

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

This week we have been continuing learning all about different jungle animals for our topic ‘walking through a jungle’. Through attention autism we have learnt about snakes and their slimy scales and lions with their big fluffy manes.

In phonics we have been learning all about the sound “b”. Through attention autism we have looked at boats, balls, bins and buses. We have made lots of different things to go with the sound and had lots of practice with mark making in different ways.

Maths has been a lot of fun this week. We have taken part in lots of sensory carousel activities focusing on sorting objects/groups and 2d shapes. We also loved going on our maths hunt on Wednesday afternoon for world maths day. We worked together to find the clues and count the answer.

Other highlights of the week include our songs, music and story time sessions. We love to sing and sign nursery rhymes together, have loved our music session this week and really enjoyed looking through different animal books with the puppets.

We also have made the most out of the good weather and have been on lots of walks around site. Exploring outdoors, rolling down hills and playing on the out-door exercise equipment is a firm favourite for our class.

This week has been amazing for our class and we have had so many WOW moments!”


Now to Mrs Potts’ year 7 form…


“What a busy term. We said goodbye to Miss Wharfe at the end of the last term and wished her well in her new school but we welcomed Miss Healey, who is the sister of an ex-student. Miss Healey has worked hard this half term to get to know all of the students in our form and she has a great relationship with them.

In Spanish the students have been learning how to describe people and their characteristics, what type of hair they have, the colour of their eyes etc and have created wanted posters for each other.

Science has been an interesting topic this term as the class have been learning about reproduction and male/female anatomy. I am pleased to say that the students have handled the topic in a mature manner, only giggling a couple of times!

Drama has been a bit calm where the students have been looking at mindfulness and breathing techniques.

In outdoor education the class have been going out into the community. They have been to Oldham Town Centre looking at the difference between Spindles shopping centre, the market and Sainsburys. They have also had a go at orienteering at Tandle Hills.

The class have been creative in Music, learning to play the keyboard and creating their own piece of music using different pitch, tone and dynamics. Fortunately, they all had their headphones on otherwise there would be a strange collection of sounds.

I think Food has to be a class favourite, during the term they have made cookies, scones and cheese slices. The smells coming from the food room are fantastic and when the students have offered me a sample it tastes great.”

On Wednesday this week, our primary children took part in and celebrated maths day that Miss Parkinson, our primary maths lead, planned and coordinated. They thoroughly enjoyed going on a maths hunt around the school. They had to find the clues and answer the questions before finding the treasure chest and gain their certificates. Everyone showcased their excellent maths skills! Well done everyone.

On Thursday, our year 5 and 6 children had an insightful visit from PC Woodhead and PC Cherry. Our children asked a variety of different questions in support of our history topic ‘crime and punishment’. The children had an opportunity to take a closer look at the equipment used and heard real-life situations from both officers. On behalf of the children at Hollinwood Academy we thank all our emergency services for all the hard work and dedication they provide to the public.


Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Roman for amazing number bond work.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Oliver for sweetly smiling at everyone that he meets… just delightful!

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is the whole class for having the most amazing week as a class. Engagement has been incredible and we have had so many WOW moment this week.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Simisola for being extra engaged and enthusiastic during Attention Autism session, learning about Continents and being able to answer and point on the map where do we live.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is George for some fabulous independent Maths.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Cole for being a fantastic friend in breakfast club.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to David, Jacob, Derry, Isaam, Blaire, and Jared. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Lillie – For asking interesting questions when the police visited and listening throughout.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Samuel – For coming into school and using my strategies to prepare me for learning

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

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s WOW moment goes to Lucas. Well done!

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Logan for being an amazing friend to everyone in class.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Evan for asking and answering questions and playing with children in the playground.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Charlie for working hard in his maths and being a great role model.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Thomas for managing his emotions

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars 

We have seen over the past two weeks an increase in positive COVID cases. If your child tests positive please contact school and as per current government advice, students who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and isolate until they have received 2 negative LFT results on consecutive days. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/346vBs7 

My girls have a full dance weekend as they are competing with their Fierce Oldham crew in the biggest street dance SOAR competition of the year competing against 2,500 other dancers from all over the UK. They are dancing Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. They have been practising very hard and are looking forward to competing and spending the weekend with their dance friends.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

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