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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.



Led by  



Mrs Machin Short 


Arbor for Parents

Mrs Phillips


Behaviour Management 

Mrs Fazlanie


Importance of Sleep

Mrs Machin-Short/Ed Psychologist Mrs Barns



Mrs Hodgkins


Pupil Well-Being Miss Hinds


If you require further information please contact the school office.

Many thanks 


Coffee Mornings Every Thursday


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


New Spring Enrichment Clubs for Y1

Dear Parents/Carers

At High Hazels Academy, we are committed to offering an Education With Character, and this commitment extends beyond the classroom.  We firmly believe in providing every child with the opportunity to develop their skills, talents, creativity, and resilience beyond the core curriculum, which is why all children have access to lunchtime and afterschool enrichment clubs. 

The Clubs available for Y1 children are:- Art, Film and Board Games

Parents/Carers you can sign your children up to take part in a club via the Arbor app

Many thanks

New Spring Enrichment Clubs for Y1


Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y1…………………….

Well done Y1 on a superb Autumn term! You have all shown great determination and confidence and the teachers are very proud of you all.

We have really enjoyed reading a range of books such as ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and ‘The Big Book of the U.K.’ We enjoyed learning about the non fiction text and looking at the different parts of the U.K. in detail.

We have enjoyed being scientists this term and observing the seasonal change and how this impacts the weather. We have had a weather chart in our classrooms and have been recording the weather daily. We also spent time researching the four seasons and identifying what we could see happening and changing within the seasons.

In History we have been learning about our family history. We have been using the vocabulary ‘past’ and ‘present’ and understand what they mean. We have also learnt about how our parents and grandparents were born in the past. We have then used these skills to sort pictures of school and toys into past and present and discuss them.

In D.T. we have learnt all about healthy foods and designed a fruit kebab to promote healthy eating. The children really enjoyed the ‘Taster Day’ where they got to eat lots of different fruits and choose their favourites.

Have a wonderful break. We look forward to welcoming the children back for another term of learning!

Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y1…………………….


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


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


Online Parent Forum Meeting Friday 10th December 9.30am

Dear Parents/Carers

We will hold our online parent forum meeting via Microsoft Teams on Friday 8th October starting at 9.30am.  All parents are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will give parents and carers an opportunity to hear all the latest school news and updates.

Please click here to view our virtual meeting guide

Please click here to access the teams link for meeting 

Many thanks

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

Online Parent Forum Meeting Friday 10th December 9.30am


Christmas Lunch 15th December

Dear Parents/Carers

We will be having Christmas lunch in school on Wednesday 15th  December. The menu will be:-

 Roast Turkey served with , Sage and Onion Stuffing , Cranberry Sauce and Gravy or

Quorn Roast Joint,

Roast Potatoes, Glazed Carrots & Garden Pea Medley,

and for Dessert Chocolate fudge Cake & Cream


Christmas Lunch 15th December




Curriculum Newsletters

Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 1 2022.pdf Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 1 2022
Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 2021.pdf Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 2021
Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 2021.pdf Y1 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 2021


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