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Multiplication Tables Check

Dear parents and carers,

In June, the Year 4s will be completing the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC). Here is some information about the assessment:

  • The assessment consists of 25 multiplication questions up to 12 x 12 e.g. 6 x 8 =
  • The questions will be weighted towards more challenging times tables (6, 7, 8, 9, 12).
  • Children will have 6 seconds to complete each question.
  • Children will have a 3 second gap in between questions.
  • The check will be taken on a computer or an I pad.
  • There is no pass mark.
  • The purpose of the check is to identify which children do not know their multiplication tables so they can receive support in Y5 and 6 before they leave school.
  • We will share your child’s score with you.
  • Children have been learning their times tables in school and practise daily.
  • Over the half term, we recommend that you support children to practise their times tables as much as possible. Here are some useful resources:

Kind regards,

Miss Scrimgeour


Multiplication Tables Check


Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….

We have had a great start to Summer Term in Year 4 so far. 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 in Geography, Earthquakes. We began by exploring what causes an earthquake to happen with the children learning lots of new language, like ‘boundary plate.’ We have been investigating two case studies; The Japan Earthquake of 2011 and The Haitian Earthquake of 2010.  Children have been given the opportunity to compare these case studies and use their new knowledge to express their opinions on their new learning. We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this topic due to the children's enthusiasm and interest for learning about earthquakes.   

One of our favourite subjects this half term has been writing where all our units have been linked to the rainforest, based on the text ‘There’s Orangutan in My Bedroom.’ Last week, we finished our speeches to persuade people to stop deforestation. Children even had the opportunity to put their hard work to the test by reading out their speeches in assembly to parents, year 6’s and their fellow year 4’s. They pretended they were an orangutan that had lost its home in the rainforest. The work the children produced was excellent, imaginative and they all used a range of devices to engage and convince audience to stop deforestation.

As always, Year 4 reading has been excellent this term. We have explored a range of different texts including a non-fiction text about the rainforest, a story about a new arrival in class called ‘The boy at the Back of the Class,’ and the old favourite of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ In addition, we developed our inference skills used to understand the text by thinking about what the characters were thinking and feeling.

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 drumming lessons. All the classes will also learn a new song to sing for the Sheffield Music virtual concert at the end of the year which we are excited to perform.

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 pieces layering up the dark colours first and then adding extra detail. It was great to see how the children using their painting techniques to create texture.

In other news, the children have been gearing up to celebrating the Platinum Jubilee by designing posters marking the occasion. The designs the children came up with were fantastic and imaginative, the children developing their understanding and knowledge of the Queen and her immense sense of duty.

We hope that all our children and families celebrating Eid, had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed hearing the children's stories of their celebrations and celebrating with them at our Eid parties in school. We had a great afternoon making Eid cards and it was a wonderful time to share culture and have fun with our classes.

The Year 4 team have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this half term and are so p

Its the end of Summer 1 term 😊 Let’s see what’s been happening in Y4…………………….


Coffee Mornings Every Thursday

Dear Parents/Carers

We hold a coffee morning in school every Thursday 9am -10am in The Woodlands.

Each week we will have a focus subject led by a class teacher to support our families and children.

All parents are encouraged to attend.



Led by  



Miss Grieves



Pupil Leadership

Mrs Mitchell


Online safety ehat can children access online

Mrs Morris



Mrs Hodgkins


Moving to a new class - dealing with change

Mrs Machin-Short 


Eid party - bring a dish to share Parents


Coffee with the Principal Mrs Maqsood-Shah


If you require further information please contact the school office.

Many thanks 


Coffee Mornings Every Thursday


SSELP Art Exhibition

Dear Parents/Carers

Some students from High Hazels Academy have their work displayed celebrating creativity.

The exhibition will be displayed from 24th May - 15th July 2022, and can be viewed Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm.

To accompany the exhibition there is a city centre art trail.

All are welcome!

SSELP Art Exhibition


Platinum Jubilee Theme Picnic Day 9th June

Dear Parents/Carers

On Thursday 9th June the school kitchen will be serving a special platinum jubilee theme picnic day.

The menu will consist of:-

A selection of sandwich triangles (Cheese, Egg and Tuna Mayonnaise) Mini Vegan Sausage Roll, New Potatoes, Celebration Salad and Victoria Sponge Cake


Platinum Jubilee Theme Picnic Day 9th June


Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day - Tuesday 7th June

Dear Parents/Carers

On Tuesday 7th June 2022 we will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. This is our day to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary of taking the throne.

To celebrate this day in school we are asking that children dress up as a King or Queen. We would really like children to make their own costumes and we will be looking for the most creative costume.

Here are some websites to help you create a great outfit.



Throughout the day, children will be taking part in activities celebrating our Queen such as a tea party, creating their own crowns and a corgi treasure hunt. We hope the children enjoy this day and come together to celebrate this special occasion.

Thank you for your continued support


Platinum Jubilee Celebration Day - Tuesday 7th June


Update on Leadership at High Hazels Academy

Dear Parents,

Update on Leadership at High Hazels Academy

We wanted to update you on progress with appointing a successor to Mrs Maqsood-Shah as Principal of the academy.

The recruitment process is, unfortunately, taking longer than we had hoped as we are very keen to choose a candidate with the appropriate mix of skills and experience to suit the school and its community.

Whilst we continue with the process, Mr Paul Graham, who is Principal of our Abbey Hey Primary Academy in Gorton, Manchester and knows High Hazels well, will be working with the Senior Leadership Team to support the successful running of the school. Mr Graham is a highly experienced headteacher and is looking forward to spending time at High Hazels. He will be liaising with Mrs Maqsood-Shah and the Vice Principals this term so that he is fully involved with the planning for the next academic year.  

We will update you on the recruitment process for a permanent Principal when a successful appointment is made.


Yours sincerely


Tanya Hughes

Primary Regional Director, United Learning

Update on Leadership at High Hazels Academy




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