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Architecture Talk by Dr Alvarez

Years 4 to 6 were architects, structural engineers and architectural technologists this morning. We designed buildings using a jigsaw-type puzzle of a plan; created two story structures using marshmallows and spaghetti; and tested different materials using biscuits to decide which would be best to use as an outer wall of a Hansel and Gretel house.

Thank you to Dr Alvarez for giving up her time to come into school to talk to pupils about her job as an architect. We had a fascinating morning learning about the variety of skills being an architect requires and all the different areas that pupils could aspire to have as a future career.


Junior School Science Day: Gizmo’s Lab

We know something exciting is happening when we spot Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Elon Musk and Katherine Johnson walking around Hollygirt Junior School. Pupils really looked the part for their Science and Technology Day.

We began the day with an assembly with Mr A from Gizmo’s Lab. He told us about different inventors and we watched a video about the impact of plastic on the environment.

Pupils in Years 1 to 6 then spent the day working in houses (Oak, Chestnut and Elm). During the carousel of activities, we investigated fruits that float and sink, made toast art, created marble pictures and used balloons to bring tissue paper ghosts to life!

Mr A helped pupils to make slime, use a hover board and investigate colour.

We also recycled tubs to create ‘gunk pots’ for our families so that parents can pour their oils and fats into them once cooled.

In the afternoon, it was Early Years’ turn to work with Mr A. They had a great time conducting science experiments. Meanwhile, pupils in Years 1 to 6 had a go at a couple of STEM challenges: making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows as well as making bridges with just straws and sellotape.

Thank you to the Friends of Hollygirt committee for generously agreeing to fund ‘Gizmo’s Lab’ to enhance our Junior School STEM Day.


Nottingham Children’s Book Award 2018

Nottingham Children’s Book Award is back! Last year, Don’t Wake up Tiger by Britta Teckentrup was the clear winner with 42% of the vote.

Nursery and Reception welcomed Charlotte from Nottingham City Council Library this morning to help choose the Nottingham Children’s Book Award 2018 winner. Charlotte read three stories: Bedtime with Ted by Sophy Henn, Giraffe and Frog by Zehra Hicks and Neon Leon by Jane Clarke.

Afterwards, pupils placed a sticker on a poster next to the book they enjoyed the most. It was a close call between Giraffe and Frog and Neon Leon for us at Hollygirt!

We’re looking forward to seeing the overall result.


GCSE Food and Nutrition Practical

Well done to the Year 11 pupils who had their practical examination for their Food and Nutrition GCSE this morning. As you can see, it went well!


Inter-schools Climbing Challenge

It was our fourth time sponsoring the Inter-schools Climbing Challenge at Nottingham Climbing Centre yesterday. A big thank you to the centre for being amazing as always, to Mrs Twells for organising the event and to all the schools that took part this year.

1st – Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Academy
2nd – NGHS
3rd – Southwark

1st – NHS
2nd – NGHS
3rd – The Bulwell Academy

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ISI Inspection February 2013