Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Orange Class

Welcome to Orange Class!


Spring 2


Today we had a superhero drama workshop!


Today we went to the museum! We learnt all about Hitchin and how it has changed over time.


Today is World Book Day! We have been doing activities based on books today. We all came in dressed up as book characters, here are some of our costumes!

As part of our UK topic, on St David's Day we made daffodil biscuits, coloured the Welsh flag and finger painted sheep.

Welcome back. Our topic this half term is ‘The UK’.

In Geography we will be looking at the four countries that make up the UK. We will be looking at Hitchin as a town and comparing it to other towns and cities in the UK. Children will also be looking at the different homes people live in.

As part of this topic, in History we will be walking down to Hitchin museum to find out how Hitchin has changed.

In English we will be learning about traditional tales and writing a recount about our visit to the museum.

During this half term, the children will be making a model playground in D&T with Mr Sharp.

For show and tell this half term we are asking the children to bring in a picture of their house or their postcode.

Starfish – Friday 8th March

Turtles – Friday 15th March

Crabs – Friday 22nd March

Jellyfish – Friday 29th March

Seahorses – Friday 5th April


Instead of comprehension homework, this half term we will be sending out maths homework. This will be given every Friday. Please make sure your child completes this and hands it in each Friday. This is as well as completing the weekly spelling activities.


Some key dates for this half term:

March 7th - World Book Day – children are invited to dress up as a book character

March 12th – Trip to Hitchin museum.

March 12th – Parents evening

Spring 1

When we learnt about Africa we made African Sunsets.

We helped make the continents and used various collage materials to make them colourful for our display. 

We learnt about Australasia and made our own Aboriginal Art. We were really proud of the pictures we produced, and we all tried our best to only draw dots. 

We learnt about South America and made worry dolls. We told our dolls one thing we might worry about sometimes and wrote it on the back.

Our topic this half term is 'Around the World'. We will be learning about the 7 continents and naming them. 

For show and tell this half term we are asking the children to bring in a photo of somewhere they’ve been on holiday.

Seahorses: Friday 25th January

Jellyfish: Friday 1st February

Starfish: Friday 8th February

Turtles and Crabs: Friday 15th February

Starting 25th January we will be sending home comprehension homework each week. If your child finds the reading of the text tricky, please read it to them but allow them to answer the questions. This will be as well as completing the weekly spelling activities. Next half term the focus of the homework will move to Maths.

We welcome you into the classroom for shared reading every Monday morning until 9.15.

Autumn 2

Our topic this term will be materials. Every Friday a group of children will be asked to share a toy with the class so we can discuss the materials it is made from. Please make sure this is small enough to fit in their drawers.

Seahorses: 16th November

Crabs: 23rd November

Jellyfish: 30th November

Starfish: 7th December

Turtles: 14th December


During this half term we have several meetings planned starting with the Maths meeting on Tuesday 13th November, Parent evening on Tuesday 20th November and the English meeting on the 27th November. We are looking forward to seeing you at these events as well as the Christmas play in December – more details to follow.

Autumn 1

We looked at using shapes in art and put our own spin on Henri Matisse's 'The snail'. 

Here are our self-portraits!

Welcome to Year 1

Our topic this half term is Ourselves.

 It would be useful if the children could produce a family tree at home. This can be in any format the children choose and will be used as part of a classroom display. Please could this be in school the week beginning the 24th September.

Our P.E days are Tuesday and Friday. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be at school every day and that hair must be tied back.
We really value parents’ contributions in school and look forward to seeing you on Monday mornings starting the 24th September. It is a valuable sharing experience for both the children and you as parents.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that listening to your child read at home daily is valuable for the progress of your child’s reading.

In Year 1 we hope that you will continue the work you have already been doing with your child in reading. Books will be changed twice a week, please be aware the books they bring home are not the same as the books read in school.


During the course of the year we will continue to work on the decoding of words using phonics but a greater emphasis is placed on the understanding of the text. There will be a reading meeting on the 27th November to explain how you can help your child with this.

Your child will be given a spelling book. Each half term they will be assessed on the spellings they have been given. More information to follow.

Your child will also receive Maths homework. We will also be holding a Maths meeting on 13th November to give you some pointers on how we teach maths.

Show and tell will be on a Friday and the children will be asked to talk about and show something about the topic we are learning about.
Each child is placed in table groups and each group will have one turn at sharing. See dates below.
Starfish 14th September
Jellyfish 21st September
Turtles 28th September
Seahorses 5th October
Crabs 12th October

This half term I would like them to bring in something that is important to them. It may be a toy, photo, and book.

Summer 2

In art we learnt about William Morris and his work. His floral patterns are beautiful but very hard to continue ourselves! We used resilience to continue his pattern.

Today the whole of year 1 successfully completed a sponsored 1KM run around the school grounds raising money for Adenbrookes children's ward. 

Today we went on our school trip to Herrings Green Farm and Activity centre! We had a great day out and saw a variety of animals including lots of birds of prey, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, lizards and even a skunk! 

This afternoon we went outside on the field and into the woods. We collected any leaves or flowers s that had already fallen off plants and made them into lovely patterns and pictures. 

We are continuing our topic 'Everything Outside' this half term. still looking at plants and animals. 

Summer 1

Science week!

Science week part three.

Today we had a forest school session with Caroline. We were very lucky because the sun came out this afternoon!

We played games, had an explore, did some digging and found some animals. For a lot of us, this was the best part of science week. 

Science week part two.

We have been doing fun experiments all week:

We used plastic bottles and cupcake cases to see if different sized bottles made the case fly higher when we squeezed it. 

We had a variety of fruit and vegetables and a big tub of water to see which ones would float and which ones would sink. It was interesting that an orange floated but when we peeled it, it sank!

We cut out pieces of a nappy to see how many cups of water it would absorb. This was very messy and we found little pieces of gel all over the classroom!

We had 4 tins which had dog food, tinned tomatoes, baked beans and soup inside. We took it in turns to see which one would be the fastest when travelling down a ramp. 

Science week part one.

Today we took part in  Splash! workshop. There were 5 different activities including floating and sinking, boat races and trying to transport water from a river to a a house with different pieces of pipe. 

18th May - Today we celebrated the royal wedding! We came in dressed in red, white and blue and had a picnic lunch outside.

We even watched Morris dancers and learnt a routine ourselves!

We have been comparing the work of Henri Rousseau and Vincent Van Gogh, discussing similarities and differences. We made our own Rousseau pieces using pastels, felt tips and tissue paper. 

We had a messy lesson feeling pondweed, dry mud, wet mud and sand to use our vocabulary of adjectives to describe how it felt. We then wrote some lovely poems about what we felt. 


We had a discussion and shared our favourite animals with each other. Some of us had some very interesting thoughts, but the most popular animals of the class were lions and meerkats! We then drew our favourite animal and wrote about what we like about them. 

Our Summer term topic will be Everything Outside. 

We will be learning about plants and animals; this will include the difference between mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.


During P.E, we will be doing games and practising for sports day later in the term.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be at school every day and that hair must be tied back on P.E days. We also request that the children bring in a pair of trainers on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Trainers from home can be brought in and taken home each day.


To link with our topic this term for show and tell I would like the children to bring in a picture of a pet or their favorite animal.


Starfish – 27th April


Jellyfish – 4th May


Seahorses- 11th May


Turtles – 18th May


Crabs – Thursday 24th May


As the weather is getting very hot, the children need to have a water bottle and a sun hat in school.


I would also like to invite you to our class assembly which will be held on Thursday 10th May starting at 9.15 where the children will be telling you all about their learning from our last topic of buildings.