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PTA Sponsor Snowflake Appeal at Sheffield Children's Hospital

High Hazels Academy PTA made an amazing gesture in December and sponsored a snowflake at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Over the past seven years, the award-winning snowflake display has raised over £1m for Sheffield Children’s Hospital!

In return for pledging to raise funds, the PTA sees their snowflake sparkle on the Sheffield Children’s Hospital building, with an attached name tag recognising the contribution for all to see.

The initiative brings people together with a shared goal to build a better future for the staff, patients, and their families at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

PTA Sponsor Snowflake Appeal at Sheffield Children's Hospital


Reception Medieval Banquet - 2nd February

Dear Parents/Carer

As part of our topic on castles and dragons we are inviting all Reception children to a medieval banquet on Wednesday 2nd February.

Please can the children dress up as a King, Queen, Prince, Princess or Knight for the day.

Many thanks


Reception Medieval Banquet - 2nd February


Hot Chocolate Cones For Sale

Dear Parents/carers

Our PTA will be selling hot chocolate cones priced at £1 per cone on Monday 24th January for junior children, and Tuesday 25th January for infant children.

Children are able to bring £1 into school and will have an opportunity to buy a cone throughout the day.

All monies rasied will be donated to Sheffield Children's Hopsital, sponsor a star appeal.

Many thanks


Hot Chocolate Cones For Sale


Free Maths App

Dear Parents and Carers, 


This is a great app to help your child develop their maths skills. It is free to use and helps children practise addition and subtraction. It is aimed at children aged 4 - 7, but could be beneficial to KS2 children too. A few minutes on this app each day will help your child to progress in maths. 



If you have any questions, please ask your child's teacher. 



Kind regards, 


Miss Scrimgeour

Free Maths App


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


End of Term Newsletter


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

We have been very busy with our learning this half term. We kicked started our learning this term by covering our ‘Heroes’ topic, where we learnt about the different people in our communities. We drew pictures and spoke about the roles of people such as police officers, fire fighters and doctors. We also looked at the equipment that they need to do their jobs, made this with playdoh and made models of the vehicles that they use like police cars and fire engines. To finish off our 'Heroes' learning, we learnt all about the adventures of 'Supertato' and engaged in a PSED session, focusing on the language of reasoning where we answered the question, 'Who would you rather be, Evil Pea or Supertato?' The children gave lots of great answers including "The evil pea because he gets stuck in the jelly and I'd eat my way out!".


We then moved onto our 'Winter festivals' theme, where we learnt the traditional stories behind Diwali and Christmas and then discovered lots of ways that people celebrate different festivals with their families. To end out Literacy learning, we have loved reading the story 'Stickman'! We have made Stickman characters using lots of different materials and have enjoyed retelling the story using our own story maps and handmade props.


In Maths this term we have been looking at the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We have used different items to show the numbers, worked on recognising the amounts in pictures, and looked at composition using our adding machine!


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


Christmas Party Day/ Non Uniform Day 15th December

Dear Parents/Carers,

On the afternoon of Wednesday 15th December 2021 FS2-Y6 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.

We are looking forward to a good afternoon.

Thank you for your continued support,

Christmas Party Day/ Non Uniform Day 15th December


Reception Winter Sing-a-long

Dear Parents/Carers

Our FS2 classes will hold their winter sing-a-long on the following days:-

FS2 Topaz - 13th December 9.30 - 10am & 2 - 2.30pm

FS2 Garnet - 14th December 9.30 - 10am & 2 - 2.30pm

FS2 Opal - 15th December 9.30 - 10am & 2 - 2.30pm

Tickets are 50p per ticket and parents can buy a maximum of 2 tickets per child.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 6th December at the FS2 gate every morning and hometime.

Many thanks 


Reception Winter Sing-a-long




Curriculum Newsletters

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Reception Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2 2022.pdf Reception Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2 2022
Reception curriculum newsletter Spring 1 2022.pdf Reception curriculum newsletter Spring 1 2022
Reception Curriculum Newsletter -  Autumn 2 weeks 4-8 2021.pdf Reception Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 2 weeks 4-8 2021
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