Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Nursery Class


Autumn Term 2

Our topic this half term is 'Festivals and Celebrations'.

We will be learning about Bonfire Night, Birthdays and Christmas.


Autumn Term 1

Welcome to our Nursery!

Our topic this half-term will be 'Nursery Rhymes'.

 We look forward to getting to know the children as they settle into the Nursery. Look how busy they have been getting to know each other and exploring their new environment.

Look at everyone in our class!

We have been learning about Autumn and the changes that we see. We went for a walk to Highbury Woods and had a fun time listening to the sounds that the birds and leaves make and explored the environment.

We used some of the leaves that we collected to make Autumn suncatchers.

In Nursery we do lots of singing including both traditional and new rhymes and songs. We enjoyed a 'Pyjama Day' where we came to Nursery dressed in our pyjamas, accompanied by our favourite bedtime toy. We had a bedtime story by torchlight and even had hot chocolate and a gingerbread man biscuit! Our singing on this day focused on songs and rhymes about bear and night-time.  

We also had great fun on an underwater adventure during a Perform drama workshop.

To help us learn about the festival of Diwali, we watched a film about a family preparing and celebrating their festival. We made Mehndi patterns and made a diva out of clay.

We learnt about Harvest and joined in with others in the school to collect food to help people who are not as lucky as ourselves.


Summer Term 2

We continued our mini-beast theme and enjoyed a fun day out at Haverings where we explored in the woodlands, hunted for mini-beasts and ran and played games in the meadow area. We were lucky to have a visit from Safari Stu, who brought a variety of animals for us to look at, stroke and hold.


Summer Term 1

Our topic this term will be 'Mini-beasts'.

Each week we will have a mini-beast themed question to challenge the children’s thinking and curiosity. We will be thinking about where mini-beasts live, how they move, the noises they make and why spiders spin webs. We will have the opportunity to observe the life-cycle of a butterfly when the caterpillars are delivered to Nursery.

In maths we will be focusing on shape and space. We will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We will be discussing size and comparing lengths; measuring objects using non standard units such as cubes. We will be recording our findings in different ways.

In literacy we will be looking at non-fiction books linked to our topic and will also be listening to stories about mini-beasts. In phonics we will be practising blending and segmenting the sounds in simple words.

In computing we will be developing our skills using the Beebots. We will practise using cameras and develop our mouse and keyboard skills.

We will have lots of creative opportunities with music, role play, small world and art. We will finish our topic with an 'Ugly Bug Ball'.


We found lots of insects in the woods and used an identification sheet to help us decide what bug we had discovered. We found woodlice, ants, spiders, slugs, caterpillars, snails, worms, ladybirds, millipedes, centipedes, flies, a cranefly (daddy long legs), butterflies and a wasp. 

We have been very creative, painting and creating minibeasts using different media. We made habitats for our pretend minibeasts and took photos and labelled these. We practised our counting skills when making caterpillars. We had to count out circles, one for each letter in our name and then write the letters on the circles. The caterpillars were all different lengths because we have different amounts of letters in our names. Six letters was the most popular amount of letters.  

We had great fun at our 'Ugly Bug Ball' where we paraded in our costumes, played bug activities and made our own savoury bug biscuit. We even had a minibeast picnic!

Nursery joined in activities to prepare for the circus extravaganza by taking part in a circus workshop. This was fun and challenging.

For science week we had a music 'Junk man' workshop where we watched him play a range of recycled material instruments and then explored playing them ourselves. It was great fun trying to keep to the rhythm, 'boom, boom, bang'.


Spring Term 2

Our topic this term will be 'Books'.

The first book that we focussed on was 'The Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson. After listening to the story we went on a walk in the woods to look for the Stick Family Tree.  Unfortunately we were unlucky but we did manage to collect lots of sticks to use in our mathematical learning activities. 


During 'book week' we had a  visit from two authors/ illustrators: Adria and Jessica Meserve, who read to us  and showed us a story that they had illustrated. They then taught us how to draw animals using shapes..


We had a fantastic imaginary journey with the 'Funky Fairy' who took us into the enchanted wood. We had to remember to freeze when we saw the Red Queen.


On World Book Day we came dressed up as our favourite book character.

What characters can you see? 

The second book that we looked at was 'The Gingerbread Man'. We sequenced the story and made and decorated our own gingerbread men. They tasted really good! 

The last book that we focussed on was 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. We were creative in lots of different ways. We had our own space rocket role play, explored space gloop, made aliens from sparkly playdough and even had fun learning our phonics with space themed activities.


For Mothering Sunday we learnt and practised a new song which was filmed and shared with my mummy. We listened to the story 'My Mum's Fantastic' by Nick Butterworth and thought about and talked to others about what makes our mummies special. We observed and painted a picture of a vase of daffodils to decorate a card.

We have been learning about the Christian festival of Easter. We listened to the Easter story and looked at objects related to Easter. We made an Easter card for our families and a chocolate Easter nest which was filled with chocolate eggs by the Easter bunny. We went on an Easter egg hunt to find our own egg with our name written on it.
 We also tasted a hot cross bun which is traditionally eaten at Easter.
Finally we took part in an Easter egg tombola where we were able to learn the rules for playing the game, label and match the numeral on our lucky ticket.


Spring Term 1

Our topic this half term is 'Colours'. We have been learning about the primary colours: red, blue and yellow. We went on a colour hunt looking for red objects around the school and found lots. We discovered that red on a sign often means stop or no.

We enjoyed listening to 'red stories'- Sonnie's Wonderful Wellies, The Big Red Bath, Little Red Hen and Little Red Riding Hood. During 'blue' week we explored making marks with different shades of blue paint. We also explored ice; creating an arctic small world and observed what happens to ice when out in our Nursery. It was exciting when the blue ice and the red ice mixed together and we saw a new colour- purple!

During 'yellow' week we learnt some new songs- 'What is Yellow?' and 'I am a Firefighter, I Wear a Yellow Hat' and had our own fire station in the class where we could practise our writing.  

We finished our topic by exploring colour mixing; mixing our own paints and using them in our creations and experimented mixing food colouring to see what happens.

We finished the half term with a colour fun day. We came to Nursery dressed in colourful clothing and enjoyed making rainbow fruit kebabs.

Autumn Term 2

We will be continuing with the topic 'All About Me', particularly thinking about the festivals and celebrations during this time of year. We will be learning about Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, birthdays and Christmas. 

Look at the fun we had as we learnt about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.  

We made clay divas by first rolling the clay into a ball, then we pushed our thumbs in to make a hole and then pinched the clay to make the hole big enough for the tea light to fit. Finally, we decorated our diva with sequins.

We also decorated hands with Mehndi patterns and made class Rangoli patterns using different pulses and coloured rice. 


Before Bonfire Night we learnt about firework safety with Welephant to ensure that we kept safe.


We learnt a firework song, 'On Bonfire Night at 5 o'clock I Took my Money to the Firework Shop' and enjoyed making the firework sounds from the song.  After Bonfire night we drew pictures of fireworks in the night sky with chalks and created more with paint and salad spinners and recyclable materials.


We also recreated fireworks in the sky using biscuits with blue and black icing and sprinkles. They were really yummy!

As part of our learning on Remembrance Day, we each made a poppy which we wore during the Nursery session.  Mrs Doran lit a candle and we sat quietly and thought about all the soldiers who had fought for us. 

During our learning about Birthdays we played party games to help us develop our number awareness and positional language vocabulary. When we opened pass the parcel a number card was hiding.

The final festival that we celebrated was Christmas. We listened to the Christmas story and learnt some new songs and rhymes. We took part in the Christmas production 'The Very Hopeless Camel' where we were stars. We used many different creative techniques to decorate our Nursery.

Please click on the pictures below to enlarge.

We used our senses to explore Christmas resources and had fun in our Nursery stable re-enacting the Christmas story.  

We enjoyed a Christmas party with dancing games and a party tea.