Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Welcome to Green Class


Spring 2

Our trip to Hitchin Fire station. 

We went on a trip to the fire station, we saw the equipment the firefighters use and they also spoke to use about the Great Fire of London. 


This term our topic is London.  Within our  topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art. In History we will be learning about the Great Fire of London, why it happened, why Samuel Pepys is famous and what changes came about as a result of the fire.


This half term we will be designing and making houses from London in 1666. In art we will be sketching different buildings in London paying particular attention to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard.


In Geography we will be looking at building in London and other building from different continents. We will be learning the capital cities of the UK and the continents of the world and plotting these on maps.


In English we will be learning about the features of non-fiction books and learning to use glossaries, contents and index pages. We will also be writing our own information books on the Great Fire of London.


Spring 1

Our space day!

We had lots of fun on our Space day, we made Earth cakes and alien slime as well as doing a Space drama workshop and lots of craft. 

We went on a walk to St Mary's church to talk about and look at everything we have learnt. 


Welcome back after the Christmas break. This term’s new topic will be Space. 

We created our own planet and alien. First we had to design them and then we chose either our planet or alien to paint. 


In History we will be learning about the Great Space race and the first moon landing. In Geography we will be learning to plot locations on a map of the USA.

In Science we will be testing vehicles and how they move over different materials to help support our Design and Technology project. We will also be researching the planets of our solar system. In Design and Technology we will be designing and making a vehicle that could be used in space.

In English we will be learning to write a recount of the first moon landing. Using the information we found in computing we will be making an information page for a class book on a planet of our choice. Both of these require the children to understand the difference when writing for fiction and non-fiction. We will focus on tense, adverbs of time to sequence and noun phrases that add detail.

In Computing we will be focusing on researching information using search engines and then making a PowerPoint to present this information to the class. In computing they will be reminded how to use the internet safely and how to add text and pictures to PowerPoint slides and how to animate these.

In Art  we used oil pastels to create the solar system. We had to make sure we drew them in the correct order.


These photos are of our D/T work. We have been planning to make a space vehicle.  We learnt how to attach an axle and wheels to a chassis and then created our own. 

Autumn 2 

This term we are going to be focusing on an exciting new topic on Castles. Within our castle topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art.

In Art we designed our own castles using a white pencil first after we went over it in chalk and finally we used paint to create the stone work. 


In History we will be learning who built the first castles in the UK and why, who lived in medieval castles and how the use of castles has changed over time.


Every Monday Mr Sharp will be teaching us how to design and make mechanisms for our castles as part of our Design and Technology curriculum.


In Geography we will be finding out why castles were built on hills, which land features make castles easier to defend, naming and locating the capital cities of the UK and their castles and designing and using simple maps and keys.


In Art we will be using lines to create pictures in the style of the Bayeux tapestry and to create a picture in the style of the Buck Brothers engravings.


On a Wednesday Mr Westmore will be teaching us Computing we are going to be games testers. We will be testing simple games and changing the algorithms to make the games easier and more difficult to play.


In English we’ll be reading alternative versions of the traditional tale Rapunzel and writing our own versions of this. The children are being encouraged to select interesting adjectives to describe characters and settings and sequence their writing using adverbs of time.

We had a museum  workshop. We learnt lots about castles such as what it was like to live in a castle. 


Welcome back after summer!

Autumn 1

Our topic for this half term is Water. In History we will be learning about Christopher Colombus and in Geography we will be looking at and creating our own maps. As part of Art we will be creating different seascapes using acrylic, water colour and ink.

We created resistant rain paintings using wax and ink. 

Here we used acrylic paint to create seascapes. 

Here we used watercolours to create seascapes in the style of Turner. 

In Science we have started to investigate water   through lots of Scientific investigations. Here we are testing what objects sink and float. 

As part of our poetry work we will be designing our own calligrams. This is where the writing is made to look like the word. The children will be drawing these and using different programs on the computer to create them. For non-Fiction, we will be writing explanation texts of a basic water cycle which will be supported by our trip to Affinity Water. For fiction writing we will be describing under water mythical creatures, inventing our own creatures and writing stories about them.

In Maths we will be learning to count forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 5 and 10, recall one more and one less and 10 more and 10 less than a given number and know odd and even numbers. We will learn to partition (split) numbers in different ways to support with addition and subtraction. We will recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and practise making coin values. We will also be doing lots of practical Maths to support our topic such as capacity and data handling.

Here we are partitioning a two different number into tens and ones.


Summer 2

Our last topic of the year is Materials. We will be looking at different materials and objects that are made of these materials. We will be considering why the objects have been made of these materials thinking about the properties the materials have.

In English, we have been looking at different poem as well as reciting them. We have used the poems we have learnt to write our own poems and we will be writing our own funny poems. 

In Art we will be looking at artwork by Andy Goldsworthy who uses natural materials to make sculptures. We are then going to create our own sculptures and collages using natural materials we have collected.

In Design and Technology we are going to learn to join fabric together using different stitching techniques.


We have been on our school trip to Affinity Water Educational Centre. We loved pond dipping and learning about the water cycle. We had to work scientifically to find out how water is cleaned and make it safe to drink we also had to work out which items cause blockages in drains.



Our school trip to Affinity Trip. 

We did pond dipping we caught lots of pond-life. 

We learnt about the water cycle and then we acted it out. 

Summer 1

Science Week, we did lots of fun activities. 

We celebrated the Royal Wedding by watching Morris dancing and we had a picnic outside. 


This term our topic is plants and animals. We will be finding out about animals and plants in their habitats, this includes our local area and around the world. We will be exploring how each animal is suited to their habitat. Within this topic we will be exploring life cycles and thinking about what animals and plants need to do to stay alive and to be healthy.  We will also learn about food chains.  We will also be walking down to the woodland area to hunt for mini-beasts and other wildlife!

Our mini-beast hunt around school. 

In Art we will be really looking at these animals and their habitats making observational drawings, thinking about lines, shading and colour.

As part of Science we will be growing our own plants to see the effects of sunshine, water and soil on their growth. This links to our English where we will be writing an explanation text of how a plant grows as well as writing a non-chronological report.

In Computing we will be learning to edit and enhance photographs on Google Picasa, use 2Simple to make graphs and tables and use Google Earth to locate different habitats.

In Maths we will be learning to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past and to the hour and drawing the hands on a clock face to show these times. To help your child understand the concept of time when at home encourage them to tell the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.  

We will also be learning to multiply and divide and solve problems using these operations. We will also learn how to find a missing number in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication number sentences.