Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Nursery Class

Summer Term 1

Our topic this half term is 'Let's Pretend' and after discussing with the children about what they would like to learn about, our focusses will be; princes, princesses, castles and knights, space, and pirates.

We have listened to different stories about princes and princesses including; 'The Princess and the Pea' and 'The Frog Prince.' We each designed a mattress to make a really high bed just like the princess slept on in the story, for our display board. We learnt about the life cycle of a frog - frogspawn, tadpoles, froglets and frogs. We had the opportunity to join in with some activities linked to the stories including collecting and sequencing the runaway peas (numerals 1-10), moving peas (pompoms and beads) from one pot to another using tweezers, designing and making a crown, and practising my throwing and catching skills using a 'golden' ball like the girl in The Frog Prince. We learnt a new song  called 'There Was a Princess Long Ago', which included some signing. During Pen Pals we have learnt about making dots and we practised making these on a crown that had been painted on the pavement.

Spring Term 2

Our topic this half term was 'Once Upon a Time'. Our maths focus will be 'Number' and our phonics focus will be consolidating Phase 1.

Spring Term 1

This half term our topic was ‘My World,’ and our maths focus was shape. In phonics we continued with activities from phase 1, developing our speaking and listening skills and building the foundations for reading and writing. It was a very different half term with some children accessing the learning from home with their parents and others learning in the Nursery bubble in school.

We started the half term recalling and sharing our experiences from the Christmas holiday period, a significant festival for many families.

We looked closely at where we live. We enjoyed listening to the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story and looked at different types of homes and talked about how they were similar and different. We explored our local environment finding our home, school and familiar places in Hitchin. We created our own imaginative town and role play shop. Keeping safe when out and about is very important, so we had a road safety day where we learnt about keeping safe on roads especially when crossing them. Finally, we moved a little further from our local environment to find out about London. 

During the final week of term, we learnt about some more festivals that may be significant for people in our community; Chinese New Year and Shrove Tuesday. For Chinese New Year we watched some short video clips and looked at non-fiction books about the festival, and listened to the story, 'The Great Race' which explains how each new year is represented by a different animal . We developed our skills as we made Chinese lanterns and dragons, wrote Chinese numerals in shaving foam and found out which animal year we were each born in. We were all either cockerels or monkeys. 


For Shrove Tuesday, our pancake races were a highlight. Tossing and catching the pancakes was tricky!


Autumn Term 2

This half term our topic was 'Light and Dark.' We also learnt about the different festivals that our school community may celebrate. 


We began by learning about Bonfire Night and talked about the different colours that fireworks make and the sounds that they create. We have been very creative, using different techniques to make fireworks. After Bonfire night we drew pictures of fireworks in the night sky with chalks and created more with paint, salad spinners and recyclable materials.


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.  

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


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 by pushed our thumbs in to make a hole and finally by pinching the clay to make the hole big enough for the tea light to fit. Finally, we decorated our diva with sequins.

We thought about the different things that we are able to do during each  day, both in Nursery and when at home with our families. We explored making shadows and had fun in our dark den. We also learnt that some animals are nocturnal and sleep during the day and are awake at night. We have enjoyed lots of stories about these animals, especially stories about owls.  


We had a fun pyjama day party enjoying games, a hot chocolate snack, stories by torchlight and a short movie.


The next festival that we learnt about was Christmas. We listened to the Christmas story, learnt some new songs and rhymes, and performed these for our parents (virtually). We used many different creative techniques to decorate our Nursery and make gifts for our families.


We had fun at our Elf Day where the mischievous elf hid our name cards and we had to find them. He was also a kind elf and left us each a present.  We also enjoyed having a Christmas party with lots of dancing and we also played the games; musical chairs, musical bumps, musical statues and pass the parcel.


The final festival that we learnt about was Hanukkah which is the Jewish 'Festival of Light'. We really enjoyed spinning the dreidel, a game that is traditionally played during Hanukkah.

                                           Autumn Term 1                                      

 Welcome to our Nursery!

Our topic this half-term will be 'All about Me' We will also be learning about the season of Autumn and festivals that happen during this season.

 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. 

We all painted a picture of ourselves, carefully choosing the colours to match our eyes and our hair. Don't we look amazing!


 In turn we shared our ‘All about Me’ books that we had made at home with our key worker talking about our families, out favourite toy and something that we did during the summer.


As our confidence developed, we explored areas in the school outside of the Nursery. We went to the hall for PE and to play ring games, to the computer suite to practise using a mouse to interact with different programmes (in the Nursery we can use a mouse or the touch screen and we visited Highbury Woods to look for signs of Autumn. We really enjoyed playing hide and seek.


We learnt about our senses and tried lots of different activities. Some using just one sense at a time and others that used different senses together. Look at some of the fun that we have had!


During the half term we have been continuing to develop our independence skills; finding our own coat peg, using the toilet and washing our hands, choosing where we want to play and learn during CIL and we were set a challenge to learn to  put on and fasten our coats. If we are successful, we can put our photograph on our ‘I Can’ display board.