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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 Y2..............

Year 2 have made a great start to the year and really settled into Year 2 well. All children have been really sensible and are following the new school rules. We have had a successful first half term full of fun, learning and creativity, even though some of our learning was interrupted by time at home. The children adapted really well to learning at home, so well done from the Year 2 team for that.

Through our topic ‘Who am I’, we have done lots of learning across different subjects. We have explored Darnall in History and looked at how the school has changed over time.  We looked around the school to find any clues that showed us the school was old. We found a sign that said the school was built in 1909 and another sign that showed us the entrance for the girls.

In English, we have been using the text Wild. We have explored the language used and found out about how the main character feels throughout the book. We wrote a character profile and we changed the end of the story. During our reading lessons we have been reading short texts that we are learning to read fluently and then answering questions about the text.

In phonics, we have been learning all of our Set 2 and 3 sounds. We have been finding our sounds in words and practising reading our words quickly without sounding them out.

In Maths, we have been learning about Place Value. We have looked at number to 100 and we can say how many tens and ones are in a number.

In art, we are creating a city scape based on the work of Paul Klee. We are drawing shapes to represent the buildings and colouring in the shapes using crayons. We have been practising our colouring making sure that we stay in the lines and colour in the same direction.            

Our favourite author is Jeremy Strong, so we are enjoying reading some of his books during storytime. They are really funny and make us laugh. We have been looking at the language that he uses.

The Year 2 team have really enjoyed teaching year 2 this half term and getting to know their new classes. It has been a successful start to the year, and we are all impressed with the year group’s enthusiasm for learning and determination to do their best.

We look forward to welcoming all children back after half term to carry on with their fantastic learning.

Well done Year 2.

The Year 2 team.




We have finished Autumn 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............


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


Its Week 7 - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............

Year 2 this week have been looking at the history of the school. We went for a walk around the outside of the school building in small groups and looked for clues to show us that the school was built along time ago.

"Did you know that a long time ago, boys and girls had to use different entrances. I know this because it says boys and girls over different doors." Umer, Y2 Moonstone.

We looked at what schools were like in Victorian times and compared it to school today. School was very different along time ago. We are not sure if we would like it or not.

Its Week 7 - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............


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


Its Week 6 - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............

Children in Year 2 Diamond have written a character description about the main character in Wild. We used nouns and adjectives in our sentences. We tried really hard with our writing and said our sentence out loud before we wrote. This meant that it was easier to remember our full stops. We looked at the writing that we did when we came back to school in September and compared it to now. We were all really pleased with how much our writing had improved. Miss Hinds was very proud of us.

Its Week 6 - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............




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