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End of Half Term Newsletter - October 2020

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Dear Parents/Carers

As I write to you on the final day of this half term, I am filled with gratitude and pride for all our staff and pupils. They have worked so hard this term to get back on track with all learning. Our staff have created bespoke catch-up plans to ensure that no child is left behind because of the pandemic. I will be sending you more information after half term about these plans, including our continuity of learning.

All our pupils have settled into school really well and have impressed all of us with their confidence and ability to manage their learning with all the current restrictions. I have already noticed brilliant progress in children’s books. This is a credit to our pupils’ exceptional learning behaviours and determination to do well at school. We look forward to sharing your child/ren’s progress next half term.

I would like to thank all our parents/carers for their continued support, and timely communication that has been invaluable to us in the safe running of the school. Here at High Hazels Academy, we are all looking forward to the start of another amazing term, full of learning achievements, joy and progress.

Have a restful half term break.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah


End of Half Term Newsletter - October 2020


We have finished Autumn 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y1..............

Y1 have made a great start to the year. The teachers are so impressed with the progress the children have made and how well they have settled into their new year group.

We have been reviewing skills in our Maths and Literacy lessons such as counting, number formation, letter formation and simple sentence writing. The children have really enjoyed getting back into the swing of their learning.

We have completed lots of high-quality work around our Topic of ‘Super Me!’. We have been exploring our local area in Geography and finding out about maps and how to use them. We have even spent time outside drawing our own maps!

The children have particularly enjoyed our Art lessons and learning about our artist Paul Klee. We have been exploring different skills such as shapes, lines, colours and sketching. Our final Art lesson involved us sketching and reviewing a Sheffield city scape using these skills. Here is one of our final piece’s:   

One of our highlights of the term was our visit from the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant made a BIG mess in our classrooms and left us some magic beans!

Well done on a super term Y1!

We have finished Autumn 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y1..............


Change of Inset Day - 9th December - 4th January 2021


Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that we are having to change one of our INSET days, Wednesday 9th December to Monday 4th January 2021.

I have had to make this change to accommodate the changes of the training provider. Therefore, I am notifying you of the upcoming change in advance so that you can make family arrangements accordingly.

This means that school will be open as usual on Wednesday 9th December for all pupils.

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Thank you for your continued support.


Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

Change of Inset Day - 9th December - 4th January 2021


Nursery Spaces Available January 2021 Start

We have nursery places available for January 2021 start.  If your child is aged 2 or 3 between Sept – Dec 2020,  please contact the office for an application form.  

Many thanks

Nursery Spaces Available January 2021 Start


10 Day Active Challenge Starting 12th October

Dear Parent / Carer,


Our school will be taking part in the 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 12th and finishing on Friday 23rd October 2020.


The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part too.


Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will:


  • Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families
  • Encourage pupils and families to be more active
  • Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school
  • Improve air quality around school



    Please be aware if you live a long way from school and need to drive you can still take part by parking away from school (at least a 5 minute walk) and walking the last part of your journey, this is called Park & Stride.


    We are competing against schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge.

10 Day Active Challenge Starting 12th October


Communication Information for Parents

Parents can contact school in several ways, including email, telephone and text message.  Parents please do not attend the school office unless you have an appointment, or we have asked you to visit the office.


To contact the school office please email:- enquiries@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact the Early Years Team (Nursery – FS2) please email:- earlyyears@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our Special Educational Needs Team:- inclusion@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our KS1 Team (Y1 – Y2) please email:- KS1-Y1-2@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our KS2 Team (Y3 – Y6) please email:- KS2-Y3-6@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

Your class teacher will reply to your email and will answer any questions or queries you may have.


To contact the main school office please call:- 0114 2442189

A member of the office team will answer any questions or queries you may have.


To contact the school via text message please:- Use MyEd app

 A member of the office team will reply to your text and answer any questions or queries you may have.


To access the school website please visit:- www.highhazelsacademy.org.uk

The website is updated daily with important and useful information for parents.   

Please check out each year groups blog page -  https://www.highhazelsacademy.org.uk/learning/class-blogs



Communication Information for Parents




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