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Returning to School September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

We have a page created on our school website, dedicated with returning to school information for 2nd September 2021.

Please can parents/carers take time to read all the letters/information, as well as viewing the transition videos with your child to prepare them for returning back to school on Thursday 2nd September

Parents can access the returning to school page by clicking here

Thank you again for your continued support and partnership. Everyone at the academy is looking forward to welcoming our pupils back. We are entirely focused on making sure that in every lesson, every day, every pupil continues to learn and thrive.

 

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

Returning to School September 2021

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............

The Year 2 team are really pleased with the fantastic effort from all children during the whole of this academic year. We are proud of the progress children have made under exceptional circumstances.

Through our topic ‘Rivers’, we have done lots of learning across different subjects. We have learnt about rivers and the features of rivers. We have looked at pollution in water and the effects that it has on the wildlife living there.

In English, we have been using the text The Last Wolf. This is based on Little Red Riding Hood but has some differences. We have explored the language used and used the beautiful pictures to describe the characters in the story. The children then created their own version of the story using animals that are endangered. We used the book in reading to develop our comprehension.

In phonics, we have been learning all 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 finished learning about fractions. We know ½, ¼ and 1/3. We can find a fraction of a shape and amount. We have started to learn to tell the time.

In Art, we have been continuing looking at the artist Georges Seurat and the techniques that he uses to create his paintings. We investigated colour mixing and how to create pictures using dots. We have evaluated our own paintings and said how we could improve them.

In science, we have been continuing investigating materials and looking at why materials are suitable for certain jobs. We have looked at the properties of materials and how they change shape. We have looked at the materials that are used in and around school. We have looked at how a human grows up.

Our favourite author is Jeremy Strong, so we are enjoying reading some of his books during Storytime. They are funny and make us laugh. We have been looking at the language that he uses. We have also been reading some of our 10 to read before you leave books.

Year 2 have taken part in the UL singing project, where our song was about endangered species. We sang about tigers.

The Year 2 team have really enjoyed teaching year 2 this year

Well done Year 2 and good luck in Year 3.

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Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y2..............

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y5..............

As the end of the school year approaches, year 5 can look back on an exciting period of learning opportunities and successes - full of fun activities such as sports day and enrichment clubs. As well as conducting market research for different types of bread, they have carried out a small research project on the world’s climate presenting their findings as an informative leaflet or poster. By the end of the term, they will write a letter to a local member of parliament sharing their concerns about global warming. Excitingly, they have been introduced to the work of the great playwriter William Shakespeare and through their reading and writing they have studied the play ‘Macbeth’. They have been immersed in the Shakespearian language and had the wonderful opportunity to appear in a dramatisation of this play after the visit of SPLAT, learning lines and creating props for the production. The children performed magnificently and there are definitely some budding actors in our midst. Once again, it has been an enjoyable but busy half term and we look forward to a fantastic group of children becoming year 6 students.

Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y5..............

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 

Firstly, we would like to start this newsletter by thanking parents, grandparents, and carers for their support this year. Your punctuality and expectations of your children in school has meant that together we have had a very successful year. Next, we would like to thank the all the Year 4 children. Their respect, politeness, enthusiasm, creativity, and kindness has made them a joy to teach, and we have thoroughly enjoyed guiding them throughout Year 4. We are immensely proud of the resilience they have shown through the period of lockdowns, their adaptability in returning to school and their consistency in showcasing High Hazels’ values.  We have had a busy summer term in Year 4, completing lots of new learning and working hard in our end of year test. We are so proud of the progress the children have made and their dedication to learning.

We have spent the second half of the summer term exploring the topic of rainforests. It has been lovely to see the children engage with this topic in geography, reading and writing; many children have shown a passion and wider knowledge in this unit. In geography, we have learnt about the different climate zones, the tropics, layers of the rainforest, animal adaptations and dangers of deforestation. This has also linked to our writing and their new knowledge has helped them to write some exceptional explanations texts about the importance of rainforests to our planet. In ICT this term, children have developed their skills on word to create posters about animals living in the rainforest. They produced fantastic animal posters from anacondas and parrots, to monkeys and endangered pandas. It was nice to see the children becoming increasingly confident on the computers and for them to showcase their technological skills, they even taught us a thing or two!

In music, Year 4 have continued to work with Liam, from Sheffield Music Hub, where they have developed their glockenspiel skills further, learning to play the Bat Man theme tune and even trying some improvisation. Year 4 have also been learning the song ‘The Power in the Music’ and have recorded this for a city-wide singing festival. They have enjoyed using ‘class family time’ in school to learn something together and have added actions to their singing to create a great performance. We were impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and have enjoyed performing with them.

A highlight of this term has been sports day and ‘beat the street’. Children took part in a fantastic sports day where they competed in 9 different activities to win points for their team. They showcased their running, balancing and ball skills by doing activities such as speed bounce, balance beam and a whole class school race. The sun was shining for this joyful day and the children had a great time. The second highlight has been the ‘beat the street’ programme set up in Sheffield. Children have been going around Sheffield scanning their fobs in different places to earn points for the school. It has been great to see children get active and explore their local areas in this way.  

As part of our enrichment programme, the children have enjoyed taking part in film club, TTRS club and tennis club. This has given them the opportunity to learn new skills and to enjoy some time doing different activities. The tennis club have enjoyed participating in a tournament where they played tennis games in front of some VIP guests, made their own tickets, and served refreshments.

We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Year 4 and we will miss them greatly. We wish them all the best on their journey through High Hazels and look forward to seeing their bright faces around school and to hearing all about their wonderful progress fr

Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


Its the end of the academic year - Lets see what's been happening in Y3..............

What a fantastic year we have had in Year 3! Everyone has worked so hard and we have learnt so much through exploring the historical monument of Stonehenge and creating a free-standing replica to writing myths inspired by the Ancient Greeks and investigating how light and shadow works in science.

Writing:

In Writing, we have produced many different forms of writing from fantasy stories and haiku poems, to information texts and exciting newspapers. This half term we looked at a collection of Aesop’s Fables and used this to innovate and create our own versions of the fables, each including a moral at the end. We looked at using direct speech and expanded noun phrases in our writing.

Geography:

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Its the end of the academic year - Lets see what's been happening in Y3..............

 


Award Winners 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

It is very important that school and parents work closely together to celebrate children’s achievements, and in doing so, children realise their potential and develop a strong sense of achievement and motivation to succeed. 

Every year the school relishes the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our pupils.  We are delighted to announce that today in the lovely sunshine we held our High Hazels Academy Annual Awards Ceremony, as for the past 2 years due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have been unable to do so.

Well done to all the winners.

Award Winners 2021

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y3..............

The Y1 teachers want to say a gigantic well done to all the children who are finishing Y1 this week. We are so incredibly proud of how much the children have accomplished this year especially through a turbulent and uncertain time. The children have amazed us with their maturing through online learning and their commitment to learning when returning to the classroom.  

This term the children have really enjoyed reading the story ‘The Lonely Beast’. We wrote lots of exciting sentences about the Beast using adjectives. We then had an immersion into newspapers and newspaper articles. We then planned out our own newspaper event. The children then wrote their final draft newspaper articles. They were so proud of their efforts and they shared them with their friends and teachers.

We have also learnt lots about Transport this half term and know so much about the history of cars, planes, trains and even hot air balloons! The children have really enjoyed learning about the changes in Transport over time and sorting transport into categories.

The teachers are also really impressed with how well the children have done in their phonics. All the children have worked so hard with their reading. They can now read tricker words and books which will make their transition into Y2 even better!

Well done for a fantastic year Y1! Have a relaxing summer holiday. An additional thank you goes to the parents and carers for their continued support this year!

Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y3..............

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y6..............

We are so incredibly proud of our year 6 pupils and all they have achieved this year!

In the autumn term, they came back with a mature attitude, and they were raring to learn.  They quickly adapted to the changes in school life and set a brilliant example for the younger children in school. 

In history, we learnt all about the Victorians and how Britain changed during this period. We developed our knowledge outside of our history lessons as well and created some fantastic pieces of writing explaining the differences between the lower, middle, and upper classes as well as writing a letter to the Prime Minister at the time to convince him to abolish child labour. 

Then came the spring term and, with it, a second national lockdown.  Once again, our year 6 pupils made us so proud with how well they adapted to the change and engaged with their online learning.  We learnt so many new skills on the computer as well as continuing to access all areas of the curriculum from home.  One of the best experiences in the spring term was our UKS2 Story Slam competition.  All the children in Y5 and 6 planned, wrote and published a story at home, and the winner from each class competed in the Story Slam final.  We held this virtually and the judges were blown away by the children’s efforts and creativity with their writing. 

Despite the success of our online learning, we were all thrilled to get back into the classroom in March.  The children have made fantastic progress and have been determined to meet their targets.

Towards the end of the year, we have been able to celebrate all our achievements in Y6 and throughout our time at High Hazels Academy.  We had a Y6 Adventure Day where we got to experience archery, climbing, axe throwing, laser tag, survival skills and team challenges.  It was a wonderful day and we all rose to the challenge.  As well as this, we have enjoyed our end-of-year-six party out on the field.  We had food, a dance floor, inflatable games, arts and crafts, carnival-style games and thoroughly enjoyed spending time together.

The teachers want to thank every single year 6 child for all their hard work, resilience, and effort this year, and we want to wish you all the very best of luck at secondary school. You will be dearly missed!

 

Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Y6..............

 


Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Nursery..............

What a fantastic term we have had in nursery! We started off the term by learning all about farm animals. We have been singing lots of different songs with animals in, drawing animals and some of us have even been making animals sounds! We have been enjoying exploring a variety of media to make different animals such as cotton wool and paint. Some of us described the cotton wool as 'so soft and fluffy' as we were talking about the textures. After 'Oh Dear' we learnt all about zoo animals through the story 'Dear Zoo'. We were able to retell the story together with the signs for the animals and even write our own letters to the zoo! We also had a think about the word ' big and small' and how we could use these words to talk about the different animals and things in our nursery. We also enjoyed a game of hide and seek with the puppy - he was hiding all over nursery and we needed to say where he was using our positional language! When we had sports day, we all had a great time exploring our skills just as running and jumping - this was a day enjoyed by all. 

We have also been very lucky to have a visit from a mini zoo! We got to have a close encounter with some lovely animals both scaley and furry! What a fantastic time we have had this Summer Term in nursery! 

All the Staff in Nursery would like to wish all the children moving into FS2 good luck! We will miss you all in nursery and hope you have a fantastic time in school! 

Its the end of the year - Lets see what's been happening in Nursery..............

 


Y5 Virtual Meeting with Mr Freeman, Headteacher Sheffield Park Academy

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: -Virtual Meeting via Microsoft TEAMS with Mr Freeman Headteacher at Sheffield Park Academy – Thursday 15th July at 2pm and Friday 16th July at 9.30am.

Very soon Y5 parents/carers will be making the decision on which secondary school they would like their child to attend from September 2022.

Mr Freeman Headteacher at Sheffield Park Academy would like to meet virtually with you to introduce himself, give an opportunity to ask questions, as well as gaining an insight into life at Sheffield Park Academy.

The meetings will take place via Mircrosoft TEAMS on:-

Thursday 15th July at 2pm - Click here to join the meeting

Or

Friday 16th July at 9.30am – Click here to join the meeting

 

Thank you for continued support.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

 

Y5 Virtual Meeting with Mr Freeman, Headteacher Sheffield Park Academy

 


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