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Autumn Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

This is my last message to you of 2020. What a year it has been! We have had many successes despite all the challenges of the pandemic and for this I am very grateful to all our amazing staff and families of High Hazels Academy.

As we come to the end of autumn term, I am filled with pride to be part of such a fantastic team and learning communities. We have managed to maintain our high standards of teaching and learning for all pupils, support all our vulnerable families, and kept school open for learners. There is so much to celebrate this term. Please do read through the rest of the newsletter to find out about the experiences your child/ren has had thus far. I hope that you like our new format of the newsletter too.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our staff, pupils and community a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a restful break. Please stay safe during the festive period. I look forward to working with you all again in January 2021.

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Kind regards

 

Mrs Shah

Autumn Term Newsletter

 


We have finished Autumn 2 Term - Lets 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 Sheffield and Darnall from the 18th Century and discussed our own family stories. In reading, we have explored a range of texts including poetry, non-fiction texts on the human body and fantasy stories like the Heavenly Elephant. 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 Local history, where we have explored the major changes in Darnall and Sheffield since the 18th century. The children showed great enthusiasm for this, and it has been lovely to hear them share all their own stories of family history and their experiences of Darnall. The children did some fantastic learning; exploring what life was like for children in Sheffield in the 18th century, Sheffield during WWII and how migrants changed Darnall exploring food, religion and culture.   

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 have now started our new class book, ‘The boy at the back of class’ which the children have enjoyed reading in story time and exploring further in our reading lessons. It has been full of interesting topics based on migration, refugees and settling into a new school. The children have been insightful and respectful in exploring these themes. We will be continuing to finish this book in the new term and the children are excited to discover the mystery of who is narrating the book.  

The children have created some excellent Kennings poems. We explored some good examples about the seasons and created our own versions ‘Rio Carnival Kennings’. The children learnt to write in this format and developed their learning on adjectives and suffixes.

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 behaviour and determination. It has been a successful term and we are all so proud of the children's ambition and love of learning.

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 where we will be starting our new topic of Early Islamic Civilisations.  

See you soon,

Year 4 Team.

We have finished Autumn 2 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


Change in Menu - Thursday 17th December

Due to an inset day, and school being closed to pupils on Friday 18th December fish and chips will be served on Tuesday 15th December and Thursday 17th December this week.

Change in Menu - Thursday 17th December

 


Its Week 6 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

Y4 have been developing our skills as artists this week. We have been learning different shading techniques such as stippling, hatching and cross hatching. These techniques will be used in our final piece to create depth and a life-like drawing.

Y4 Turquoise have even been practising these techniques from home. Another thing we have thought about, is how to grip the pencil when we draw. We have seen how different grips can create different effects on the page. 

Its Week 6 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


Its Week 5 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

This week we have found our science learning fascinating. We have been studying food chains and how energy is transferred along the chain. We have learnt the names of the different parts of the chain such as producer, consumer, predator and prey. It was really interesting to think about the food chains we know and to realise that animals can be both predators and prey.

Its Week 5 - Lets see what's been happening in Y4..............

 


Change of Menu - 9th, 10th, & 11th December

Dear Parents/Carers

Due to Christmas lunch being served on Friday 11th December.  There has been a change in the menu this week:-

Wednesday - Beef Burger in a Bun with Potato Wedges,  Quorn Burger in a Bun, Sweetcorn, Baked Beans, Chocolate Sponge

Thursday - Fish Fingers, Chips and Tomato Sauce, Vegetable Samosas, Sweetcorn, Baked Beans, Marble Cake

Friday - Roast Turkey with Sage & Onion Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy, Quorn Roast Joint, Roast Potatoes, Glazed Carrots and Garden Peas, Chocolate Orange Cake

The menu will revert to normal on Monday 14th December.

Many thanks

Change of Menu - 9th, 10th, & 11th December

 


Microsoft Teams Information for Parents

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

To ensure that our pupils continue to receive a high-quality education during the current pandemic, all children (Y1 to Y6) have been given a Microsoft Teams account.

If your child needs to self-isolate, this will allow them to access online resources provided by their class teacher so that they can continue with their learning at home. 

Your child has been given their email address and password to access this account.  Please can you support your child/ren to login using the Parent Guide attached. 

If you need any support, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.

Telephone - 0114 2442189

Email:-

EYFS - earlyyears@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

KS1 - ks1-y1-2@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

KS2 - ks2-y3-6@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

High Hazels Team

 

Microsoft Teams Information for Parents

 


Christmas Party - 16th December

Dear Parents/Carers,

On the afternoon of Wednesday 16th December 2020 FS2-Y6 will be having a Christmas party.

It will be a fun afternoon as the children will be able to watch Cinderella Opera in their classrooms, which is being provided virtually by Sheffield Music Hub. 

Due to the current pandemic children will not be able to bring in food from home, however school will buy party food and drink for all the children, and we would ask that parents pay £1 per child via ParentMail.

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

Read more

Christmas Party - 16th December

 


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