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Blog 13.05.2022

Well done and congratulations to our Year 6 children for all their hard work this week as they completed their SATs papers. Despite a tricky start to the week with the reading paper, the children have really given their all to each test. We are really proud in the manner with which they have approached this week. Year 6, we are very proud of you! Well done!

Next week we start the first of our GCSE exams for our year 11 students and the exams will run until Thursday 23rd June. Our Year 11 students have been working incredibly hard over the past months and I wish them all the best in the next coming weeks. We are so proud of your commitment, determination and resilience that you have shown and will show in your exam – be proud of yourselves as much as we are.

On Thursday, EYFS, KS1 and our communication groups visited the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. All the children had the opportunity to feed the variety of animals, explore the forest school and had lots of fun in the adventure playground.

As you can see from our amazing photos everyone had a great time.

Farm Pics

Mr Heap would like to mention a special thanks to all of the staff that supported on both of the farm trips. You have all made it a memorable experience for our children at Hollinwood Academy.

This week was mental health awareness week, an annual event run by the Mental Health Foundation, that focuses on improving good mental health across the nation. We celebrated this on Friday afternoon, periods 5 and 6 across the school. In recognition we discussed this year’s theme of loneliness, in support we asked our children, young people and staff to wear something green and bring an item of food in which will be donated to the food bank.

In Primary, we discussed what the word loneliness means and gave examples relating to school. We had the opportunity to embrace and recognise our own mental health by participating in mindfulness colouring, going for walks, and promoting social interactions with each other.

In Secondary, the students engaged with a PowerPoint presentation which looked at this year’s theme; loneliness. Students also took part in a questionnaire which enabled them to communicate their needs confidentially with key staff. Our Key Stage 3 students enjoyed some well needed time outdoors with Miss Ninian and Miss Hand engaging them in a variety of sports activities. For Key Stage 4 students, a ‘tea and talk’ session was held in which students could enjoy some mindfulness activities, ask any questions and chat with other students they may not normally communicate with. Some of our Key Stage 4 students delivered cakes to each classroom and also had a canvas for students and staff to write a positive quote on which will be displayed in school.

We also promoted mental well-being for our staff who do a fantastic job in supporting our children, young people and one another, a Friday sweet treat and the opportunity to pass a positive note of recognition forward, put a smile on many faces before a well-earned rest over the weekend. We thank all of our families, children, young people and staff for being outstanding and for proudly representing Hollinwood Academy.


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

I just want to start by saying how proud myself and the class team are of the whole class for how they have dealt with staff changes over the past few weeks.

This week in maths we have been learning about measurements, we have enjoyed exploring different objects and identifying if they are big and small.

Working alongside our See and Learn phonics we have started to focus on a different sound each week, our sound of the week is M. The children have enjoyed mark making

in many ways, as well as exploring objects that begin with M. We have also been practicing our fine motor skills and have had fun taking part in different activities each day.

Our topic this half term is the Rainforest. Within our learning journey, we have explored different animals and utilised our creative attributes in making lots of different animals that live in the rainforest as well as exploring in different rainforest theme tuff trays.

Our science topic this half term is Animal Antics, so far, we have looked at birds and made bird feeders. We have also looked at snails and enjoyed exploring slime to represent the snail trail as well as making our very own snails with play dough and pasta shells.

We have had lots of engagement and fun in our choosing session, the children select what they would like to choose from their PECS books. From this our children have developed their understanding of how to exchange the symbol for an object. In class we are continuing to promote communication skills and we are observing how our children are they are becoming more independent with using PECS for choosing, we are proud!

This week we have been lucky enough to visit Children’s Adventure Farm, the children were entertained by exploring the woodland, feeding the animals, and playing in the park. Some of us even braved the zip wire!

SDS Pics

Now to Mrs Nuttall’s form…


In science we have been learning all about plants, bacteria and human cells. We have looked at what they do and what is in each and looked at the cells of an onion skin through a microscope!


In Maths, we have been studying angles and the rules of them. We have also been learning about the different types of triangles and how to draw them correctly with a protractor.


In English we are currently studying poetry. This week we have been considering how poets can use poetic techniques and vocabulary to create a specific tone. We have been analysing poems and comparing them. The poems we looked at this week were The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy, An extract from The Prelude by William Wordsworth and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.


In history we have been learning all about World War One, specifically, why it started and how the government got people to join and fight for our country. This fit in nicely with English where we studied a famous war poem and looked at the issue of boy soldiers in WW1.


In Spanish we have been learning how to describe our houses and where we live. We were also able to how to describe our dream houses!

Preparation for Adulthood:

In Preparation for Adulthood we have been learning more about autism and how to live with it. We also researched celebrities who have autism and how successful they have become.


In PE we have been looking at bracket sports, learning the rules of cricket, both fielding and batting. We also played a game.

Outdoor Education:

In outdoor Ed we got to know more about outdoor cafés. We were given the opportunity to order for ourselves and had lots of practice in terms of acting sensibly in an outdoor public area.

NLL Pics

Now to Mr Page’s form…

This week our form have had a terrific week. During English, our form have been studying The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, whilst others have been studying Macbeth. In maths, the classes have been measuring and drawing angles. In science, they have been investigating the layers of sedimentary rocks as well as the layers of the Earth. In drama the form have been performing scenes from Macbeth. In art the class have been practicing different ‘mark making’ techniques. Finally, in food technology, the class have been making delicious cheese and onion pies!

KPG Pics

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is The whole of reception class for exceptional behaviour and engagement whilst on our day trip at the farm.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Ziyan for showing interest in your friends, and attempting interactions.

Miss Pietraszewska’s STARs of the week are Maya and Lewis fo excellent behaviour and engagement during our visit to children’s adventure farm. Lewis and Maya enjoyed feeding the animals and did excellent waiting and listening throughout the day.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Cody for working really hard at being independent in the mornings with taking his coat off and putting his things away without help.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Jacob for coping really well with instructions he didn’t like yesterday and being great with the animals.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Isaam for fantastic choices on the farm trip yesterday and being wonderful with the animals.

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

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Marley – For improving his attitude towards his staff and his peers. Culain, he can’t go on the blog

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Daniel for trying his hardest with spelling during lesson times and staying calm when he has been struggling.

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

Mrs Davies’ STAR of the week is Lenni for focusing during Attention Autism and celebrating his friends’ achievements.

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Matthew for participating in all lessons and completing his work to the highest standards.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Essah for playing with other students in the playground.

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

Mrs Woodhead’s class have received WOW moments this week. Well done:

Jacob: for adding lots of new words and phrases to his snap core app all by himself.

Hamza: For using a big voice to say what I need.

Alex: for keeping himself calm when someone else was upset.

Lewis: for great writing during colourful semantics.

Thomas: For persevering when a task was a bit tricky.

Henry: for brilliant concentration on my work.

Farrukh: for working with a friend to learn her 5 times table.

Victory: For great acting skills in English whilst reading the enormous turnip.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is the whole class for trying their best with SATs and for showing great resilience.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Charlie for dealing with his emotions

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Certificates without surnames

Next week, myself and other members of the senior leadership team will be busy recruiting to a number of teaching posts for September 2022. We have spent a number of days this week giving tours, reading application forms, shortlisting and organising the interview processes. There are some very strong candidates and we are looking forward to observing and interviewing new potential teachers. Once we have recruited new staff we will be allocating new classes and form teachers and we will then communicate staffing and class groups to our families.

I am celebrating my Uncle’s 70th and my friend’s 40th birthday this weekend and I believe the weather is supposed to be nice. I hope you all make the most of the nicer weather too.

Mrs Millard


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