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End of Half Term Newsletter - October 2020

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Dear Parents/Carers

As I write to you on the final day of this half term, I am filled with gratitude and pride for all our staff and pupils. They have worked so hard this term to get back on track with all learning. Our staff have created bespoke catch-up plans to ensure that no child is left behind because of the pandemic. I will be sending you more information after half term about these plans, including our continuity of learning.

All our pupils have settled into school really well and have impressed all of us with their confidence and ability to manage their learning with all the current restrictions. I have already noticed brilliant progress in children’s books. This is a credit to our pupils’ exceptional learning behaviours and determination to do well at school. We look forward to sharing your child/ren’s progress next half term.

I would like to thank all our parents/carers for their continued support, and timely communication that has been invaluable to us in the safe running of the school. Here at High Hazels Academy, we are all looking forward to the start of another amazing term, full of learning achievements, joy and progress.

Have a restful half term break.

Yours sincerely

Mrs A Maqsood-Shah


End of Half Term Newsletter - October 2020


We have finished Autumn 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y5..............

In Year 5, we have made a wonderful new start to the year despite all the new changes in school and their usual routines. The children returned to school excited and enthusiastic to learn. Our topic this term is ‘Anglo-Saxons’ where we have created exciting and inspired learning across all subjects.

In history, we have delved into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and researched how they came to Britain, used archaeological knowledge to look at how they lived, what their religion they followed, as well as how and why they converted to Christianity. The children found looking at the Anglo-Saxon gods particularly interesting and created their own fact-file of their chosen god. The children have thoroughly enjoyed looking at how different our lives compare to theirs.

In reading and writing, we have been looking at the legend of ‘King Arthur and his Knights of the round table’. The children loved listening to this story and hearing how Arthur became the first true king of England. We explored the text by looking at its vocabulary, retrieving information about the character and using drama to really deepen their knowledge and understanding of the story. The children then had the opportunity to create their own innovated version of the legend, creating their own characters and villains to follow in similar footsteps to Arthur’s legend. In our stories, we have looked to include speech, fronted adverbial phrases and using consistent tense. Next half term in writing, the children will have the opportunity to write their own discussion about whether the legend of King Arthur true or not.

In P4C and computing the children have been focussing on how to keep safe online. We have made posters and discovered ways to do safe and efficient searches. In art we have been looking at the artist Stephen Wiltshire and how he became the famous artist he is today. He specialises in drawing and sketching city scapes using 3D shapes, so the children have practised sketching techniques and drawing various 3D shapes. After half term, they will begin to recreate one of Stephen’s famous drawings.

The Y5 team are looking forward to welcoming the children back after a well-rested half term ready to carry on with more exciting and inspiring learning that the children have presented this half term.

We have finished Autumn 1 Term - Lets see what's been happening in Y5..............


Change of Inset Day - 9th December - 4th January 2021


Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that we are having to change one of our INSET days, Wednesday 9th December to Monday 4th January 2021.

I have had to make this change to accommodate the changes of the training provider. Therefore, I am notifying you of the upcoming change in advance so that you can make family arrangements accordingly.

This means that school will be open as usual on Wednesday 9th December for all pupils.

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Thank you for your continued support.


Mrs A Maqsood-Shah

Change of Inset Day - 9th December - 4th January 2021


Nursery Spaces Available January 2021 Start

We have nursery places available for January 2021 start.  If your child is aged 2 or 3 between Sept – Dec 2020,  please contact the office for an application form.  

Many thanks

Nursery Spaces Available January 2021 Start


10 Day Active Challenge Starting 12th October

Dear Parent / Carer,


Our school will be taking part in the 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 12th and finishing on Friday 23rd October 2020.


The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part too.


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



    Please be aware if you live a long way from school and need to drive you can still take part by parking away from school (at least a 5 minute walk) and walking the last part of your journey, this is called Park & Stride.


    We are competing against schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge.

10 Day Active Challenge Starting 12th October


Communication Information for Parents

Parents can contact school in several ways, including email, telephone and text message.  Parents please do not attend the school office unless you have an appointment, or we have asked you to visit the office.


To contact the school office please email:- enquiries@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact the Early Years Team (Nursery – FS2) please email:- earlyyears@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our Special Educational Needs Team:- inclusion@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our KS1 Team (Y1 – Y2) please email:- KS1-Y1-2@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

To contact our KS2 Team (Y3 – Y6) please email:- KS2-Y3-6@highhazelsacademy.org.uk

Your class teacher will reply to your email and will answer any questions or queries you may have.


To contact the main school office please call:- 0114 2442189

A member of the office team will answer any questions or queries you may have.


To contact the school via text message please:- Use MyEd app

 A member of the office team will reply to your text and answer any questions or queries you may have.


To access the school website please visit:- www.highhazelsacademy.org.uk

The website is updated daily with important and useful information for parents.   

Please check out each year groups blog page -  https://www.highhazelsacademy.org.uk/learning/class-blogs



Communication Information for Parents


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

This week, Y4 have had so much fun investigating the different leaves growing in our environment. We went on the playground and the field in search of different leaves and recorded our findings. We then drew the different leaves and recorded their characteristics. Next week, we will use this information to create classification keys. 

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




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