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

This week we have been settling back into nursery after the holidays. We have started our new topic- ‘On the Move’ which is all about transport. We have read the story ‘The Train Ride’ and made our own trains using junk modelling! We have also been making repeating patterns with train sponges on the maths table. We have wrapped up warm and played outside with our friends riding the bikes, cooking in the mud kitchen and building tracks with the large construction blocks. Next week we will continue our transport theme and look at more stories about trains!

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

 


End of Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Please click here to view the end of term newsletter.

It has been a challenging, enjoyable and very productive half term at high Hazels. Reflecting on what we have done and achieved thus far, fills me with pride and humility to be part of such an amazing staff team who all work hard together for the better of all our pupils and to serve our supportive community. We have completed our end of term assessments for all year groups where our pupils have demonstrated the fantastic progress gained in this Autumn term. Well done to all our pupils, their determination and resilience is commendable.

This half term tarted with our annual High Hazels Lantern Parade on the 5th of November, and I am sure you will agree with me that it was a resounding success. For this I am grateful to all the local councillors Mary Lea and Zahida Naz, South Yorkshire police, Darnall Well-Being, Sheffield Park Academy, Local youth clubs and our fantastic PTA. The success of this event is due to the meticulous planning of our school leaders, creativity of our pupils and the support of all the mentioned groups and organisation, without whom this event would not be possible.

As always, our pupils have received a full complement of an exciting curriculum and enrichment offer including theatre visits, inter school sports tournaments, after school clubs, Reception Christmas singalong, swimming offer to Years 3 and 4, end of term parties, Christmas jumper and Children in need fund raising events, just to list a few.

This half term we have been able to restart our face-to-face parental engagement offers cautiously and carefully such as: family learning, toddler group, coffee morning, reading workshops, weekly achievement assemblies, PTA meetings, parent consultation meetings.

How you can help us next term:

  1. We need parent volunteers to support or free breakfast offer for all pupils.  From January all our pupils will receive a free breakfast bagel in the morning as part of our commitment to ensure all pupils have a great start to their learning day with a healthy breakfast. To this end I am reaching out to all of our parents to ask for parent volunteers to support us in the mornings in preparing this breakfast. You can volunteer for 1 hour for any day in the week. If you or anyone in your family has the capacity to support us with this than please speak to your child’s class teacher.
  2. We need a parent working group to consider our Relationships Health and Sex Education curriculum consultation. If you are a parent and would like to be part of this working party, then please contact the school office, and let us know. The group will begin their work/consultation with myself in January week beginning 10th of January. I am hoping to be able to go out to full parent body consultation by the end of January in order to complete the consultations by February half term. This will then allow the RHSE policy to be ratified and in place from March 2022.

Finally I would like to thank all our pupils, staff, governors and parents for their continued support and efforts.

Wishing all our school communities a Happy New Year and a very merry festive season.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

Principal

End of Term Newsletter

 


Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

What a busy, fun filled term full of learning we have had in nursery! We started the term off learning about nocturnal animals and had a visit from the Wise Owl Falconry Rescue centre. During this visit we got to watch a barn owl fly across the hall, eat and even got to hold an owl for a photograph!

We have also learnt about how different winter festivals are celebrated. We have learnt all about bonfire night, Diwali, Halloween, and Christmas. We talked about safety around fireworks, made biscuits and firework pictures. For Diwali, we talked about who and how people celebrate it in the community as well at home and made firework biscuits to take home. For Christmas we made cards, calendars, read lots of Christmas stories and decorated a real Christmas tree!

As well as all these celebrations we also continued to explore all areas of nursery with our friends, learning to share and talk about our feelings. As we did this, we developed our confidence in new social situations and started to think about how others may feel. We also enjoyed playing and learning in our outdoor area climbing on the climbing frame, riding the bikes, collecting autumn leaves, and playing games with each other. We are so excited for next term where we will continue to learn and play with our friends! Remember to ask us all about our learning!

 

Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Its week 6 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

This week in nursery we have been learning all about Christmas! We have spent timing talking about who and how people celebrate Christmas. We had an exciting delivery of a real Christmas tree! The children have enjoyed helping to decorate it and even made their own decorations! On the maths table the children have been ordering presents by size, on the writing table they have been writing letters to Santa and drawing pictures of toys they would like. We have also been learning lots of Christmas songs including ‘Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer’ and we have even learnt the Makaton actions to the song! We can't wait for next week when we will have our Christmas party!

Its week 6 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Christmas Party 15th December

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Wednesday 15th December 2021 nursery will be having a Christmas party.

School will buy party food and drink for all the children, and we would ask that parents pay £1 per child.  This money can be brought into school on the day.   

This is also a non-uniform day for all the children.

If your child has any allergies then please ensure their medical records are up to date in the office.

If you have any questions or queries then please come and speak to your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support,

Christmas Party 15th December

 


Its week 5 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

This week in nursery we have continued to learn about Arctic animals. The children have been drawing their favourite Arctic animals from the story and using the props to retell the story. In the investigation area the children discovered the penguins were frozen in ice! They talked about how we could get them out and learnt lots of new words such as ‘frozen’ and ‘melted’. We have also been focusing on getting dressed for winter walks putting coats, hats, gloves and scarves on and trying to do this ourselves to support our independence. We cant wait for next week when we will start our new story all about Christmas!

Its week 5 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Christmas Jumper Day 10th December 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Friday 10th December we are taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Children will be able to come to school wearing a winter themed jumper. This could be one bought in the shops, or made at home. Children could add some tinsel to a jumper they already have. Some children have even made a spotty t-shirt before.

If children want to take part in Christmas Jumper Day, then please use our Just Giving Page. https://christmas.savethechildren.org.uk/fundraising/cjd210018881

You can donate as little or as much as you like on there. Alternatively, you can send £2 to school Friday 10th December. All money raised will go to Save the Children, making sure every child, no matter where they’re born, has essentials like food and water, healthcare, education, protection and shelter.

 

 

 

Christmas Jumper Day 10th December 2021

 


Its week 4 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 

This week in nursery we have continued our learning on Arctic animals. The children have been looking at books about different Arctic animals and talking about where they live. We have also continued to read 'Lost and Found' and have enjoyed talking about our favourite parts of the story. In maths we have been learning about pattern and identifying different patterns around us. We are looking forward to starting our new story next week all about polar bears!

Its week 4 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Its week 3 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

This week in nursery we have started our new topic 'Polar Express'. We have been reading the story 'Lost and Found' and have been trying to remember what happens at different parts of the story. The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of 'Lost and Found' themed activities, including making a penguin out of 2D shapes, making a boat for the penguin using junk modelling and drawing and describing our favourite parts from the story. We can't wait for next week where we will learn about more Arctic animals!

Its week 3 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in nursery…………………….

 


Story Time & Phonics Parent Workshop

Dear Parents & Carers

We are holding a storytime and phonics workshop in school for Nursery and Reception parents on Thursday 25th November 9am and 1.30pm.

There will be lots of activities which you can do with your child and take home with you.

Everyone who attends the workshop will receive a FREE STORY BOOK!

We look foward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

 

Story Time & Phonics Parent Workshop

 


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