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Parent's Evening Consultations

Dear Parent/Carer

To build on the success of our last term’s online Parent Teacher Consultation meetings, we will be holding an online virtual parent consultation meeting via School Cloud. These will take place on 6th-7th of July for FS2-Y6 pupils and for nursery children 7th & 9th July. This allows you to choose your own appointment time. Once you have booked your appointment you will receive a confirmation email.

Appointments can be made from today at 4pm and will close on Wednesday 7th July. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.

To support you with using this relatively new system of booking we have attached a short video and crib sheet, which you can access via this link here https://vimeo.com/473882995 You can also access this information on our school website https://www.highhazelsacademy.org.uk/parents-and-community/school-cloud-parents-evening

Please visit https://highhazels.schoolcloud.co.uk to book your appointments. Login with the following information:

  • Your unique parent Login Code
  • Your child’s date of birth

    If you have more than one child in school, one date of birth will give you access to book appointments for all of your children in school.

    Please see the list below of the browser versions you will need to use on your device in order to log into 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

    If you have any problems with booking or accessing the system, speak to the school office or class teacher who will be happy to help.

    Yours sincerely

     

    Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

    Principal

Parent's Evening Consultations

 


Sports Day - Infant School 22nd June & Junior School 23rd June

Dear Parents/Carers

We will hold our sports day for the infant school on Tuesday 22nd June, and the junior school Wednesday 23rd June in a covid secure way.  Unfortunately due to extended Covid restrictions we cannot invite parents/carers to sports day.

The sporting events will be held on the field and school play ground. 

Please can parents ensure that children come into school in their PE kit and bring a water bottle on their allocated sports day.  Children will also need

  • Correct footwear
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream

Many thanks for your continued support

 

 

 

 

Sports Day - Infant School 22nd June & Junior School 23rd June

 


Its Week 2 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

This half term Y4 have started to learn about electricity. We started by identifying electrical appliances and then sorted them into those that are battery powered and those powered by the mains. We then made electrical circuits for the first time. It was so exciting when our bulb lit up. We learnt that all the components needed to be connected in a complete loop for electricity to flow round the circuit.

Its Week 2 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


10 Day Active Challenge 14th June - 25th June

Dear Parents/Carers

Our school will be taking part in the 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 14th and finishing on Friday 25rd June 2021. 

The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a prize. 

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 
  • Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue to do this after the challenge! 
10 Day Active Challenge 14th June - 25th June

 


Summer Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

We have had another busy half term packed with events and successes, including our most recent Eid-ul-Fitr parties. We have made fantastic gains in learning with all our pupils regardless of their starting point. I have been particularly impressed with our pupils’ strong and positive behaviours for learning and determination to do well in all their learning. This half term the staff have run 26 different clubs free to all our pupils across the school. These extra-curricular activities included: arts, sports, music, cooking, funky fingers, and mindfulness to name a few. We will be running a new range of after school clubs again next half term. Please continue to sign up your child/ren for these clubs as they play an integral part in our offer of ‘Education with Character’.

I am really looking forward to next half term and to having all our pupils back in school. The final half term of the academic year is always packed with events celebrating the successes of our pupils amongst other events. Teachers will be holding another round of parent consultation meeting to share your child/ren’s progress over the year. Our admin and pastoral team will be able to support you in setting up those online meetings if you haven’t yet attended one.

Please click her to view our newsletter in full 

Finally, thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

 

Mrs Shah

Summer Term Newsletter

 


After School Clubs

Dear Parent/Carer

 

This half term we are continuing with enrichment clubs. These clubs will take place with the member of staff from your child’s bubble, and only for those children within that bubble will be able to attend. We will follow all guidelines to ensure our staff and children are safe.

 

We would like to invite your child to take part in the clubs on the allocated day as stated below, and clubs will run from Monday 7th June to Friday 9th July 2021. Parents if you wish for your child to attend their class club, please click the consent button on your text message.

 

The clubs available for Y4 are:-

 

Y4 Onyx – Times Table Rock Stars & Bug Club - Monday 3.30 - 4pm

Read more

After School Clubs

 


We have finished Summer 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

We have had a great start to Summer Term in Year 4 so far. It has been wonderful to spend so much continuous time in school and we have really seen the progress in the children's learning. We are thrilled with the children's attitudes, hard work and kindness - we have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them lots of different aspects of the curriculum over the last 6 weeks.   

We started summer term with our new topic, Romans Britain. We began by exploring some Roman dance and army formations where the children got to experience what it would be like to part of the Roman army. We have been investigating ‘How the Romans kept control of Britain’ in history, learning about physical, economic, informal and institutional power.  Children have been given the opportunity to debate and use their new knowledge to express their opinions on the question. We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this topic due to the children's enthusiasm and interest for learning about the Romans.   

Linking to our Roman topic, Year 4 have enjoyed reading their two new class books ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and ‘The Queen of Darkness’. The classes have been able to use their new knowledge of Romans to understand the historical reference in the books and to ask inquisitive questions. One of our favourite subjects this half term has been writing where all our units have been based on the book ‘Escape to Pompeii.’ First, we wrote diary entries from one of the characters perspectives ‘Livia’. These diary entries were telling the events of Mount Vesuvius erupting and Traino and Livia's escape. The work the children produced was excellent and they used a range of sentence opener s. We then looked at shape poems where children began to think about how different language techniques can be used to create effect. The children created some excellent similes about Mount Vesuvius and published their work in a volcano shape poem, which they published as a ‘fiery’ collage.

As always, Year 4 reading has been excellent this term. We have explored a range of different texts including a non-fiction text about Boudicca, a shape poem ‘The Twister’ and a myth about Jupiter and the Bee where we unpicked the myth of how bees got their stingers. In addition, we explored different skills used to understand the text including a ‘dictogloss’ where children had to use their memory to remember and re-write key facts in the text.

In maths, children have amazed us in our new unit on decimals. They have learnt new concepts such as tenths and hundredths and have been able to apply their knowledge to different concepts including dividing by 10 and 100 and representing decimals in place value grids and on number lines.

In music, Year 4 have been learning a range of different skills. Liam, from Sheffield Music Hub has been teaching Glockenspiels which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. There has also been the opportunity for a small group who have enjoyed weekly drumming lessons. All the classes have also been leaning a new song to sing for the Sheffield Music virtual concert at the end of the year which we are excited to perform. Their spectacular music learning has been aided by out science topic this half term. We have been exploring the science behind sound; investigating volume and pitch and we have learnt about how sound travels using vibrations.

A highlight of this summer half term has been creating our ‘Starry Night’ painting based on the famous Vincent Van Gogh. We explored mixing colours to create light and dark and looked at textures and lines in painting to create effect. We then began to paint our piec

We have finished Summer 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


Its Week 4 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

This week we have been looking at shape poems in both reading and writing. We are incredibly proud of the Poems we wrote about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. They are filled with similes, adjectives and other descriptive language. We hope that you, the reader, find them as exciting as we do. 

Its Week 4 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


School Closure for Eid

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Re:- School closure for Eid celebrations – Thursday 13th May

 

Firstly, I want to wish all our families who will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr this week Eid Mubarak.

To allow our whole school community to celebrate this event, school will be closed on Thursday 13th May for all pupils and staff.

School will be open for all pupils on Wednesday 12th May and Friday 14th&

School Closure for Eid

 


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