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The streets of Darnall were alive with music, dance and light taken when High Hazels Academy staged the return of their annual lantern parade last week.

Held on Friday 5th November, the colourful event was also supported by Sheffield Park Academy, and provided the perfect opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their handiwork, parading their wonderful lanterns down Staniforth Road and up the main road.

Music for the event came care of Darnall Community Gospel Choir, and High Hazels youngest also sang, whilst the moves were provided by Sheffield Park's students with a contemporary dance routine.  The crowds were also entertained by stilt walkers and fire throwers from Innovation Entertainments, which ended the parade in style.

Commenting on the parade, High Hazels Academy’s Principal Mrs Asma Maqsood-Shah said:

“It’s a fantastic event and one which helps to bring the whole community together. The children also love having the opportunity to show off the wonderful lanterns they have made.”

 Dunya news also attended the parade, the full interview can be found by clicking here






Parents Survey 2021/22

Dear Parents/carers,

I am pleased to let you know that we will again be taking part in the United Learning annual parent/carer survey. 

We really hope that you will complete this survey to help us gather your feedback, it takes only 15 minutes to complete, and you can enter into a draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher

Please click here to access the survey

Please be aware:

  •  We will share the parent survey link via arbor parent portal and our school website and this link will be valid for all parents to use.
  • Neither the school or United Learning will be able to identify you or your child from your response, unless you write something in one of the free text boxes that identifies you or your child by name
  • If you have more than on child at the school, complete the survey with your eldest child in mind. You are welcome to complete the survey for each child if you would like to.
  • It is possible for more than one parent/carer wishes to complete the survey for a child.
  • If you have any problems completing the survey or need any help, please contact us.
  • The survey relates to parents/carers of pupils from Reception up to and including Year 6 only as the questions are not appropriate for nursery age children.
  •  The deadline for completion is Friday 3rd December.

Your views are important to us, and your feedback will help us understand what you value most about High Hazels Academy and to identify areas for improvement. 

Many thanks in advance for your help.


The survey has also been translated into the six languages identified as most widely spoken across all of our schools: Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Romanian, Somali and Urdu. To hear the information above in these languages or in English please follow the relevant bit.ly link:

For more information about the United Learning parent survey


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Parents Survey 2021/22


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

This week in FS2 we have been busy learning all about Bonfire night and Diwali. We have created some beautiful firework pictures using a variety of media and developed our fine motor skills by manipulating pipe cleaners to make fireworks. We made some beautiful lanterns for the parade and learnt how to stay safe around fireworks. We pretended to be firefighters in the role play area and built fire engines in the construction area. We even enjoyed making our very own firework biscuits and went on the wonderful community lantern parade. To round off a great week we also had an very exciting visit from some owls and got to see them fly and learnt lots of different facts. What an amazing week in FS2! 

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


The Toothbrush Project

Dear Parents/Carers  

The refined Early Years curriculum asks that children ‘know and talk about the different factors that support their overall health and wellbeing’, with a focus on oral hygiene. This is embedded within our teaching and provision but to support this further, the children will be starting ‘The Toothbrush Project’, where they will brush their teeth daily in school. Your child will also receive a new toothbrush and toothpaste to use at home. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.     

Thank you, 

The FS2 Team. 


The Toothbrush Project


Owl Visit for Nursery & Reception Children - Friday 5th November

Dear Parent / Carer, 

As part of our topic on ‘Autumn’, we have been looking at nocturnal and woodland animals.   

On Friday 5th November we have invited the Wise Owl Falconry to visit us with a range of birds including owls to support our understanding of their way of life. To help us fund this visit we are asking for a contribution of £3.00 to be payable via the arbor app which will include a photo of your child with a bird.  

The company and the school have put a detailed risk assessment to ensure all safety measures are in place and in line with government guidelines. 

 In the meantime, why not visit their website with your child at https://www.wise-owl.co.uk/  and discuss different birds of prey 


Thank you in advance for your support. 


Yours sincerely, 

Owl Visit for Nursery & Reception Children - Friday 5th November



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

WOW! what a fantastic start to FS2! The children have amazed us with how quickly they settled in to their new environments and learnt our rules and routines. We have been very busy with our learning this half term. We started off the Autumn term by getting to know one another, making friends and building relationships with one another. We kicked started our learning this term by covering our ‘All about me’ topic, where we got to know each other a little better by drawing who lives in our house, making ourselves out of play dough and painting self portraits. We moved onto our Autumn theme, where we used marble rolling to create Autumnal leaves, made hedgehogs from play dough and pasta and learnt all about the signs and changes in the natural environment during Autumn. We have most recently been learning all about Owls, with our focus book ‘Owl Babies’, the children have created story maps, made owl nests using sticks in the construction area and acted out the story using props. In Maths this half term we have covered, sorting, matching, mass, capacity, size, comparing amounts and pattern. We have used scales to weigh different objects, continued repeating patterns as well as creating our own and sorted sweets into groups which we got to enjoy afterwards! We have also enjoyed doing the word rap, concept cat and phonics, where we support the learning with action songs which the children join in with. The children have had so much fun and learnt so much! Next term we look forward to learning all about ‘People who help us’ and ‘Winter festivals’. We can’t wait for next half term for more exciting learning, enjoy your break FS2! Parents, you can keep up to date on all our fun learning by following the FS2 Twitter page @HHA_EYFS. 

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


Video Appointment Parents Evening via School Cloud 9th & 10th November

Dear Parents/Carers

We will be holding our video appointment parents evening on 9th & 10th November via school cloud.  School Cloud allows you to choose your own appointment times with your childs class teacher and you will receive an email confirming your appointments.

The system will open for parents to make appointments from Wednesday 20th October at 9am.

We also have a dedicated School Cloud page on our website, where there is a lot of detailed and helpful information on the page to help guide you in accessing and using this new system. Please click here to access the School Cloud Page.

We will hold our virtual parent evening meetings on

Acorns - Tuesday 9th November– 12.30 – 3.30pm

FS1 - Tuesday 9th November & Wednesday 10th November 4-6pm

FS2 - Y6 - Tuesday 9th November & Wednesday 10th November 3.30 - 6pm (Y1 Aquamarine will have 4 appointments available on Monday 8th November 3.30pm - 4pm)

Parents will be sent a letter detailing all the information needed to make appointments, along with parents unique login code, that you will need to use to make your appointment. Parents can click here to access the High Hazels School Cloud Account

Please see the list below of the browser versions you will need to access for the device you will use when logging onto school cloud for your video parents evening appointment:-

IOS (Iphone & Ipad) – use safari

Android –  use Chrome or Firefox

Windows –  use Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge

MacOS –  use Safari, Chrome

We have also created a useful guide for parents to refer to which can be accessed here, and a useful video can be viewed here

If you have any questions or queries please contact the main school office on 0114 2442189 or email enquiries@highhazelsacademy.org.uk. 

Video Appointment Parents Evening via School Cloud 9th & 10th November


Lantern Parade 5th November

Dear Parents/Carers

We will host our Lantern Parade on 5th November following a 2 year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The parade will leave High Hazels Academy at 4pm, the parade route will follow Staniforth Road and Main Road, and return back to High Hazels Academy.

Everyone can enjoy performances by High Hazels school choir, students from SPA, fire throwers and stilt walkers etc. There will also be a range of food and cake stalls to enjoy!

Come along, bring your lanterns and enjoy the fun


Lantern Parade 5th November




Curriculum Newsletters

Nursery Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 2021.pdf Nursery Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 2021
Nursery Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 2021.pdf Nursery Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 2021


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