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End of Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

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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 Y4

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 Y4 children are:- Sewing, Sport, Computing, Science & Karate

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 Y4


Change of PE Day for Y4 Children

Dear Parents/Carers

Sport and Physical Education will predominantly take place outdoors and contact sports will not be played.   Pupils will be expected to come to school in their P.E kit on the days they are scheduled to have P.E;

Y4 Onyx – Miss Swain’s Class on Monday Twice

Y4 Peridot – Miss Anderson’s Class on Monday & Tuesday

Y4 Turquoise – Miss Scrimgeour’s Class on Monday & Tuesday

Many thanks

Change of PE Day for Y4 Children


Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

Year 4 have enjoyed another successful half term at school, full of learning, creativity and fun. We are proud of the way the children have continued to try their best, follow the new school routines and develop their learning.

We have continued to do lots of learning across different subjects. In History, we have explored the Ancient Mayan civilisation through the vertical concept of Quest for Knowledge. In Reading, we have explored a range of texts including poetry, fictitious information texts about dragons and fantasy stories about Aliens. In Maths, we have been learning about addition, subtraction and measurement. The children always have excellent enthusiasm for their maths learning.

In particular, the children have thoroughly enjoyed our unit on Ancient Mayan Civilisation, where we have explored the Mayan customs and social hierarchy. The children showed great enthusiasm for this, and it has been lovely to hear them contrast their knowledge of Ancient Greek and Egyptian history with this unit. The children did some fantastic learning; exploring what the Ancient Mayans believed, what fantastical inventions they gave to the world and what their cities were like.   

In science, we were impressed by the knowledge that the children had on the human body and the digestive system. We have been learning about teeth in different animals and understanding why certain animals have certain teeth like carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. We also devised a digestion model out of items you would have lying around the house. The children greatly enjoyed this day!

In Writing, the children have created some excellent pieces that take inspiration from the book, ‘Dragonolgy.’ We explored some good examples of fictitious information texts and the children had a go at making their own about a dragon sighting. Recently, the children have finished a letter to the ‘author’ of ‘Dragonolgy’, Ernest Drake, telling him all about their exciting new discovery.  The children learnt to write in this format and developed their learning on expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases.

The Year 4 team have thoroughly enjoyed teaching year 4 this term and we feel that all of the children have grown and progressed with their learning behaviour and determination. It has been a successful term and we are all so proud of the children's ambition and love of learning. It has been fantastic to also take our children for clubs, such as Explorers where they made Christmas Wreaths this week.

We hope the children have a well-deserved rest over the Christmas holidays, and we look forward to welcoming them back for a new term of learning.  

See you soon,

Year 4 Team.

Its the end of Autumn 2 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….


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




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