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Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

Y4 have had a very exciting return to school with the jubilee celebrations and the first of our Grimm and co. writing workshops. On Tuesday, we celebrated The Queen's 70 year reign by making crowns, bunting, learning about the monarchy and having a whole school party outside. It was an amazing event and we made many special memories together. On Wednesday, we continued the fun by completing a corgi treasure hunt around school. We really enjoyed working out the clues to complete the challenge. 

Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

 


Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

We have had a busy week in nursery celebrating the Queens Jubilee! The children have enjoyed learning about the Queen and taking part in many Jubilee themed activities. They have made flags, party decorations and invitations to the Jubilee celebrations! On Tuesday we had our party, the children dressed in red, white and blue and made gold crowns to wear! We ate lots of party food and played games to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. We can’t wait for next week where we will start our new theme- All creatures great and small!

Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y3…………………….

Today, pupils at High Hazels came to school dressed in red, blue or white to celebrate the joyous occasion of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! It was a day packed full of fun for Year 3 - we began the day by learning the national anthem, followed by a session making bunting to decorate our classrooms. After this, we created glorious, royal crowns fit for a Queen. Our day ended with a picnic-style party outside with sandwiches, scones and delicious muffins!

Its week 1 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y3…………………….

 


Multiplication Tables Check

Dear parents and carers,

In June, the Year 4s will be completing the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). Here is some information about the assessment:

  • The assessment consists of 25 multiplication questions up to 12 x 12 e.g. 6 x 8 =
  • The questions will be weighted towards more challenging times tables (6, 7, 8, 9, 12).
  • Children will have 6 seconds to complete each question.
  • Children will have a 3 second gap in between questions.
  • The check will be taken on a computer or an I pad.
  • There is no pass mark.
  • The purpose of the check is to identify which children do not know their multiplication tables so they can receive support in Y5 and 6 before they leave school.
  • We will share your child’s score with you.
  • Children have been learning their times tables in school and practise daily.
  • Over the half term, we recommend that you support children to practise their times tables as much as possible. Here are some useful resources:

Kind regards,

Miss Scrimgeour

 

Multiplication Tables Check

 


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

We have had a great start to Summer Term in Year 4 so far. We are thrilled with the children's attitudes, hard work and kindness - we have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them lots of different aspects of the curriculum over the last 6 weeks.   

We started summer term with our new topic in Geography, Earthquakes. We began by exploring what causes an earthquake to happen with the children learning lots of new language, like ‘boundary plate.’ We have been investigating two case studies; The Japan Earthquake of 2011 and The Haitian Earthquake of 2010.  Children have been given the opportunity to compare these case studies and use their new knowledge to express their opinions on their new learning. We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this topic due to the children's enthusiasm and interest for learning about earthquakes.   

One of our favourite subjects this half term has been writing where all our units have been linked to the rainforest, based on the text ‘There’s Orangutan in My Bedroom.’ Last week, we finished our speeches to persuade people to stop deforestation. Children even had the opportunity to put their hard work to the test by reading out their speeches in assembly to parents, year 6’s and their fellow year 4’s. They pretended they were an orangutan that had lost its home in the rainforest. The work the children produced was excellent, imaginative and they all used a range of devices to engage and convince audience to stop deforestation.

As always, Year 4 reading has been excellent this term. We have explored a range of different texts including a non-fiction text about the rainforest, a story about a new arrival in class called ‘The boy at the Back of the Class,’ and the old favourite of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ In addition, we developed our inference skills used to understand the text by thinking about what the characters were thinking and feeling.

In maths, children have amazed us in our new unit on decimals. They have learnt new concepts such as tenths and hundredths and have been able to apply their knowledge to different concepts including dividing by 10 and 100 and representing decimals in place value grids and on number lines.

In music, Year 4 have been learning a range of different skills. Liam, from Sheffield Music Hub has been teaching drumming lessons. All the classes will also learn a new song to sing for the Sheffield Music virtual concert at the end of the year which we are excited to perform.

A highlight of this summer half term has been creating our ‘Starry Night’ painting based on the famous Vincent Van Gogh. We explored mixing colours to create light and dark and looked at textures and lines in painting to create effect. We then began to paint our pieces layering up the dark colours first and then adding extra detail. It was great to see how the children using their painting techniques to create texture.

In other news, the children have been gearing up to celebrating the Platinum Jubilee by designing posters marking the occasion. The designs the children came up with were fantastic and imaginative, the children developing their understanding and knowledge of the Queen and her immense sense of duty.

We hope that all our children and families celebrating Eid, had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed hearing the children's stories of their celebrations and celebrating with them at our Eid parties in school. We had a great afternoon making Eid cards and it was a wonderful time to share culture and have fun with our classes.

The Year 4 team have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this half term and are so p

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

 


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y3…………………….

Year 3 have had a fantastic Summer Term of learning and have demonstrated core values such as ambition, creativity and enthusiasm. The Year 3 team could not be any prouder!

Writing:

This term in writing, we have been learning all about fables. During this unit, the children learnt that fables are cautionary, warning tales where the characters learn a moral lesson the hard way. We read the story of 'The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' and retold it using talk for writing. We created actions for the sinister, cunning wolf, lone shepherd and the oblivious sheep. After learning the story, we were so excited to innovate it and write our very own descriptive fables. The children created fantastic fables with the key moral ‘things aren’t always what they seem’.

Maths:

In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. We learnt key vocabulary such as the ‘numerator’ and ‘denominator’. Recently, we have been finding fractions of amounts. For this, we used a Kagan structure called ‘Rally Coach’. The children were fantastic at guiding their partners and loved this collaborative learning approach.

D&T:

In D&T, the children loved the Moving Monster unit. Firstly, we learnt all about pneumatic systems and how they work. Then, we designed our very own Moving Monster, making sure we included key materials such as syringes and a tube. Finally, we created our Moving Monster based on our design criteria. It was wonderful to see the children use their imagination and demonstrate so much creativity.  

After-school Clubs:

The children have really loved being part of the after-school clubs available to them this term. We will be continuing with the same clubs in Summer 2, along with a whole-school Choir Club.

We hope the children have a well-deserved rest over the holidays, and we look forward to welcoming them back on the 6th of June for their final term in year 3.

See you soon,

 Year 3 team.

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y3…………………….

 


Coffee Mornings Every Thursday

Dear Parents/Carers

We hold a coffee morning in school every Thursday 9am -10am in The Woodlands.

Each week we will have a focus subject led by a class teacher to support our families and children.

All parents are encouraged to attend.

Date 

Focus 

Led by  

09.06.22

P4C

Miss Grieves

Wedenesday 

15.06.22

Pupil Leadership

Mrs Mitchell

23.06.22

Online safety ehat can children access online

Mrs Morris

30.06.22

RHSE

Mrs Hodgkins

07.07.22

Moving to a new class - dealing with change

Mrs Machin-Short 

14.07.22

Eid party - bring a dish to share Parents

21.07.22

Coffee with the Principal Mrs Maqsood-Shah

 

If you require further information please contact the school office.

Many thanks 

                           

Coffee Mornings Every Thursday

 


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Nursery…………………….

We have had a fantastic term in nursery! We have read lots of traditional tales as our theme was ‘Once Upon A time’. We started the term off reading ‘The three little pigs’. The children enjoyed listening to the story and sequencing the events, building houses using bricks, sticks and straw! On the second week back we welcomed new friends into nursery and helped them settle in by showing them all our toys and playing with them.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and spent lots of time playing and learning in our outdoor area. The children went on mini beast hunts, cooked in the mud kitchen, played ball games and enjoyed riding our brand new bikes and scooters! In phonics we started learning new sounds with the help of Fred the Frog! The children impressed the teachers with how they have remembered all of the sounds! They completed their phonics homework and brought it back to school to show us! This will really help the children that are moving into reception in September! We continued with our traditional tales stories and read the gingerbread man story.  The children used their creative skills to mix paint and paint pictures of the gingerbread man showing different emotions. We even made our own gingerbread men and took them home to eat! It has been a busy, fun filled half term! We can’t wait for next term when we will celebrate the Queens Jubilee and start our new theme ‘All creatures great and small!’.

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Nursery…………………….

 


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Nursery…………………….

We have had a fantastic term in nursery! We have read lots of traditional tales as our theme was ‘Once Upon A time’. We started the term off reading ‘The three little pigs’. The children enjoyed listening to the story and sequencing the events, building houses using bricks, sticks and straw! On the second week back we welcomed new friends into nursery and helped them settle in by showing them all our toys and playing with them.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and spent lots of time playing and learning in our outdoor area. The children went on mini beast hunts, cooked in the mud kitchen, played ball games and enjoyed riding our brand new bikes and scooters! In phonics we started learning new sounds with the help of Fred the Frog! The children impressed the teachers with how they have remembered all of the sounds! They completed their phonics homework and brought it back to school to show us! This will really help the children that are moving into reception in September! We continued with our traditional tales stories and read the gingerbread man story.  The children used their creative skills to mix paint and paint pictures of the gingerbread man showing different emotions. We even made our own gingerbread men and took them home to eat! It has been a busy, fun filled half term! We can’t wait for next term when we will celebrate the Queens Jubilee and start our new theme ‘All creatures great and small!’.

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Nursery…………………….

 


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Reception…………………….

FS2 have loved exploring our new topic 'Where we live'. We started off the term by learning about Darnall and our favourite places in the local community. We built models in the construction area and made 3D maps in the creative area. Whilst learning about our local area we read the story book 'The Jolly Postman' and wrote letters to the characters from the book, we even had a special visit from our school postman! We then looked at the country we live in, with a focus on our capital city, London! We shared experiences of our own trips to London and really enjoyed learning facts about different London landmarks like Big Ben and The London Eye, which we turned into a London travel brochure. We have finished our Literacy learning this term by looking at Africa, where we read the story 'All Aboard for the Bobo Road' and have emersed ourselves in African culture, through the exploration of music, dance, and artifacts. In math's we started the term learning about number patterns to 20, then used Rekenreks, ten frames and Numicon to build numbers to 10 and beyond. The children have loved learning about number bonds to 10 and had a fantastic time creating their own number bond rainbows in math's! To finish our math's learning this half term we have been creating and completing repeating patterns. We even made our own repeating pattern fruit kebabs which were delicious! We will start next term celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee, followed by learning around our new topic  ‘What is science'. We can’t wait to see the children engage in more exciting learning, enjoy your break FS2! Parents, you can keep up to date on all our learning by following the FS2 Twitter page @HHA_EYFS.  

 

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Reception…………………….

 


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