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Blog 15.07.2022


This was our last full week of the academic year. It has been nonstop to say the least and this will all be showcased in our summer newsletter.

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

“This week we have been continuing this terms topic all about ‘under the sea’. Throughout the term we have looked at different ocean animals and other things we can find at the seaside through our attention autism sessions. As part of our topic, this week we were able to join the other KS1 classes and visit the Blue Planet Aquarium to see some of these animals in person.

In phonics this half term we have continued looking at different sounds and have introduced blending sounds together. Our phonics sessions involve introducing the session focus through attention autism the exploring the session focus through sensory trays and 1:1 work with an adult. This week we have looked at changing the initial letter to make different words that rhyme, for example c-at, r-at, h-at, p-ig, d-ig, w-ig.

In maths this half term we have been focusing on sequencing and counting. We have really enjoyed using the ‘very hungry caterpillar’ story as our focus of our maths sessions and activities over the past weeks. We have got really good at sequencing the story and counting the fruit. We have enjoyed a wide range of sensory activities based on the story and completed some super 1:1 work with adults.

We have loved our cooking sessions this term where we have practiced following simple visual instructions to make something yummy! We have made fruit kebabs, wraps, mini pizzas, sandwiches, cupcakes and more.

This term we have also enjoyed outdoor education where we visited the sensory room at the library, and have got stuck into our PE sessions where we have focussed on throwing, kicking and catching balls.

The children have all coped really well this week despite the warm weather and we have really enjoyed our last full week together, having lots of fun and lots of fab learning taking place!!”

Now to Mrs Potts’ form…

“In science the class have been using the microscopes to look at different cells. They dissected an onion and took thin slices and looked at it under the microscope. During science Hayden has been creating his own model of a volcano using boxes, tissue paper, bottles then painting over them, he has even worked out a way of making it erupt!

In ICT the class have been learning about animation and the different types of animation. They have created a storyboard of the animation they wanted to create. After drawing the storyboard they then began to create the different scenes using play dough and Lego to create models. They then used stop motion on their iPad to record the different scenes.

In music the class have begun learning how to use the guitars. They listened to three different pieces of music and were then given the sheet of music to follow, then attempted to play it themselves.

During Geography the class have been learning about natural disasters such as avalanches, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and tsunami, including the causes and effect they have on the surrounding areas.

During Art the class has been learning how to sew, they learnt about the different styles of candy skulls, drew their own interpretation of a candy skull and then began cutting their own materials, sewing them together and stuffing them.

During drama the class have been learning about freeze frames. The students created their own story and had to show different frames while frozen. The students then had to guess what was happening in that freeze frame.

The class have enjoyed food technology this term, they have made a variety of things including ice lollies. The students made ice lollies by cutting up their own fruit, adding orange or apple juice and put the mixture into moulds to go in the freezer. Then they continued to practice the washing, drying and putting away of their equipment. The following day the class enjoyed eating the ice lollies at the end of the day.

During Outdoor Ed the class have been doing a variety of things, their favourite activity had to be riding the bikes at Tameside Cycle circuit.

In Spanish the class have been learning about Spanish dishes, creating their own menus in Spanish, drawing pictures and adding prices. They have also been practising how to pronounce the words in Spanish.

This term in PE the class have been doing circuits, spending 5 minutes on each station which consisted of skipping, running, jumping, throwing and bouncing the basketball.

Last week the class took part in the Careers fair that was held a school, the class seemed to enjoy the day in particular they enjoyed having a go at tiling and plumbing, they also liked collecting the free gifts from some of the stands.

Wednesday saw the Hollinwood Academy Summer fair, one of the stalls was to soak the teacher, the class took great pleasure soaking Miss McKenna & Miss Smith. Thomas enjoyed manning our stall with Miss Healey, we had the sweet stall which was hugely popular with the students.”


Now to Mr Stewart’s form…

“The past few weeks have seen our class venturing outside of the classroom and accessing the community, putting our independent living skills to good use.

We have done a trip to the local Tesco, where pupils practiced paying for items independently and ensured they got the right change. We have also done a trip to Manchester, where pupils needed to buy the tram pass before boarding and ensure they looked after this ticket for the return journey.

Whilst in Manchester, we went to the People’s History Museum and pupils made the most of some of the interactive exhibits, including dressing up, running a Victorian shop and completing puzzles.

The most recent trip our class went on was to the Crocky Trail, where pupils were lucky enough to get both the trail and the rides to themselves. The weather was glorious until a last-minute downpour that saw us all scarpering back to the minibus. Everyone in the class was on their best behaviour for all these trips and Mr Stewart and the class team were extremely impressed by the enthusiasm and camaraderie that all our pupils showed.

Mr Stewart will miss everyone in the class and within the whole school community before he moves to London, and wants to wish everyone the best for the future. It has been a pleasure teaching this year’s class and Mr Owen’s current class, and he leaves with many happy memories.”

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Stanley for great work in maths when learning about time and money.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Jacob for a brilliant Geography lesson this week.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is George for a great transition morning!

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is the whole class or having a lovely year and being wonderful to teach!

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is the whole class for using the calm area when reminded of my choices if I am feeling upset.

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

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Daniel for overcoming his fears

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Ethan for being brave

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


We finish for the summer break on Wednesday 20th July and we return to school on Monday 5th September 2022. We will be running our holiday club provision and all of the timetables have been shared with families that requested days.


Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

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After School Clubs close at 16:45

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