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Blog 06.05.2022

Eid Mubarak to all our children, young people, families and staff who celebrated this week – I hope you had a fabulous time celebrating with your family and friends.

It has been a short, but eventful week, at Hollinwood Academy. Let’s start by seeing what some of the classes have been doing starting with Miss Tootill’s class…

“A fantastic end to another busy week for our class. Last week, we had an eventful day at the farm which filled us with lots of fun, facts about animals, and an opportunity to embrace being outside promoting positive mental health.

Bank Holiday Monday provided us the opportunity to rest, recharge and prepare our class ahead of our upcoming year 6 SATs next week! We have used disciplinary literacy and decoding skills to help us identify what the questions require and how to answer them. We are eager to allow our children to showcase their knowledge and demonstrate how what they have learned at Hollinwood Academy has influenced their educational journey.

On Tuesday, we welcomed the Oldham Mental Health team to discuss with our year 6 children transition prior to September and discussed how to deal with change.

In PE we enjoyed participating in fun games with Miss Sutcliffe, Miss Simms, and Miss Connett, next week we welcome back Mr. Lawrence and Active8, as we take on goalball.

On Thursday with Mrs. Bennet, we went to Daisy Nook Café and then off to the park during our Outdoor Ed lesson. After a short walk and exploring nature, we talked about being safe outdoors and how to promote a positive mindset.

We hope you have a great weekend and we aim to aim to have a fantastic rest of the academic year! On behalf of Miss Sutcliffe and myself, we have had a pleasure teaching our class this year and wish our year 6 children all the best ahead of their transition into secondary school.

Now to Mrs Bone’s form…


We are currently reading “The curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”. This book is about an autistic boy named Christopher who sets out on a journey to uncover who killed his neighbour’s dog. While reading the book students were able to share their opinions and reflect on their own characteristics, engage in conversation about autism and how each and every person who has autism differs from others. This book allowed students to understand what life with autism looked like for Christopher.


This term in maths we have been learning and exploring enlargements and similarity. They gained a greater understanding of how they can enlarge various shapes into different sizes by using a centre of enlargement and a scale factor. They completed an end-of-block assessment where they scored some of their highest scores yet!


In science this term we have been so far exploring how sedimentary rocks are formed, looking at the different layers and then completing a practical to make their own example of sedimentary rocks.”

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Roman for exceptional work blending sounds to make cvc words.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Harrison for showing respect and tolerance to others, as well as being polite and just generally lovely!

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Maya for being very engaged in every lesson.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Ethan for recognising when he needs to use the sensory den and asking using symbols.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Derry for coping extremely well with not being first in line this week.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Shane for accepting help with noise and talking about what has upset him.

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

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Tyler for working hard and concentrating, even when distracted.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for working hard towards his personal target.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Lillie-Mae. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Eli for always listening to his teachers and working quietly and sensibly, even when it gets tricky.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Gerard for always using his manners and being patient when things get tricky.

Mrs Davies’ STAR of the week is Daniel for fantastic engagement in lessons.

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Evan for being enthusiastic in all of his lessons.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Amario for being brave and talking about his feelings.

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

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Zachary for working hard in his preparation for his SATs.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Marcus for having a positive Outdoor Ed lesson.

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars 

Kathryn Lyons, who is our new EHCP and attendance officer, will be starting on Monday 9th May. Many families will already know Kathryn as she was previously an EHCP officer at the local authority and is extremely knowledgeable about EHCP review processes and procedures. She is very excited to be joining our team and we are looking forward to her starting.

Next week, our year 6 children sit their SATs and I am extremely proud of the effort being made by all our year 6 children as they prepare for their SATs and I would like to thank you for the support you are giving your child. Please ensure your child gets lots of rest and sleep this weekend and next week, to enable them to do the best they can.


SATs timetable

Monday 9th May 2022

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2


Tuesday 10th May 2022

English reading


Wednesday 11th May 2022

Mathematics papers 1 and 2


Thursday 12th May 2022

Mathematics paper 3




Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard





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