Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Orange Class

Welcome to Orange Class!

Spring 2

We celebrated World Book Day in school today and did lots of reading activities!

Welcome back. Our topic this half term is ‘Around the World’.

Please continue to support your child’s learning at home by listening to them read, encouraging them to practise their spellings and completing homework weekly. We value your contributions and they make a huge difference to your child’s learning.

For show and tell this half term we are asking the children to bring in a photo of somewhere they’ve been on holiday. These groups will also be doing forest schools on this date. Please ensure you send your child in with wellies and waterproof trousers where possible.

Seahorses - Friday 28th February

Jellyfish - Friday 6th March

Starfish - Friday 13th March

Crabs - Friday 20th March

Turtles – Friday 27th March


Over this half term we will be sampling a range of foods from around the world. Please let us know if there have been any changes to your child’s allergies.

Some key dates for this half term

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day

Wednesday 11th March – Parents evening

Friday 3rd April – end of term 1.45pm finish

Spring 1

Welcome back!

Our topic this term will be Materials.

In Global Learning we will be looking at recycling and how to save the environment. This will include a Materials day on Monday 3rd February.

In Art we will be looking at Anthony Gormley and his structures. We will need lots of different sized cardboard boxes for junk modelling, please bring these in week commencing 13th January.

For show and tell we would like the children 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. The same group will also be doing Forest Schools and need a coat, wellies and waterproof if possible.

Seahorses: 10th January

Crabs: 17th January

Jellyfish: 24th January

Starfish: 31st January

Turtles: 7th February

Autumn 2

Welcome back. Our topic this half term is ‘Hitchin and the UK’.

As part of this topic we will be taking the children out for a walk around Hitchin.

During this half term, the children will be making a house in D&T. To do this we will need a selection of cereal boxes. If you can provide any boxes, please do so by Friday 15th November.

For show and tell this half term we are asking the children to bring in a picture of their house or their postcode. These are the dates for show and tell and forest schools this half term. Please provide wellies, a waterproof coat and where possible waterproof trousers for your child’s session.


Starfish – Friday 8th November

Turtles – Friday 15th November

Crabs – Friday 22nd November

Jellyfish and Seahorses – Friday 13th December

Autumn 1

We made our own portraits our of woodland materials.

Welcome to Year 1

During the following year your child will be studying many different topics. 

Our topic this half term is Ourselves.

 In R.E, we are looking at the different communities we belong to. Part of this is to look at families. It would be useful if the children could produce a collage about your family at home. This can be in any format the children choose, but no bigger than A3 and will be used as part of a classroom display. If this could be in school, the week beginning 23rd September please.

We will be doing P.E every Tuesday.  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 for shared reading 9.00-9.15 am, 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.

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 13th September

Jellyfish 20th September

Turtles 27th September

Crabs 4th October

Seahorses 11th October

This half term I would like them to bring in something that is important to them. It may be a toy, photo, or book. Please ask your child which group they are in.

Summer 2

We had a great time in the hall for a fencing session today!

Our school trip to Herrings Green Farm.


We had a lovely time holding various birds of prey, flying owls, watching a flying display and handling various pets and critters. 


Science week!

We walked down to Whitehill to visit the pond. We saw some very different plants and animals compared to when we look in the woods at our school!

Science week!

We had a forest school session today. We had some lovely craft activities to do with the things we might find in the woods or the forest. 

We have been working really hard in class practising our phonics, reading the sounds we have learnt in real and alien words, writing the sounds in sand and shaving foam and playing games.

Our topic this half term is ‘Animals’. We will be sorting and classifying the different types of animals and learning about the features of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.


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 ask you to bring in a pair of trainers on a Tuesday. Trainers from home can be brought in and taken home each day.


As per the newsletter last half term, please bring in your child’s research on an animal for them to share during show and tell. Dates are as follows

Friday 14th June - Turtles

Friday 21st June - Starfish

Friday 28th June - Jellyfish

Friday 5th July - Crabs

Friday 12th July - Seahorses


Some key dates for this half term:

W/c 10th - Phonics screening week

15th June – Whitehill circus

W/c 17th June – Science week

18th June – Walk to Whitehill for a pond visit

25th June – School trip to Herrings Green Farm

10th July – Open afternoon 2.50-3.30

11th July – Transition afternoon to new class

17th July – Sports day

19th July – End of term, 1.45pm finish

Summer 1


Today we went on a wild plant hunt around the school grounds. We found lots of daisies on the field and lots of ivy in the woods! We collected parts of plants which were on the ground to make collages when we got back into the classroom. 

Welcome back. Our topic this half term is ‘Plants’.

In Science we will be looking at skills we need to carry out experiments as well as learning what plants need to grow and recording a diary of a seed.

Key dates for this half term

Tuesday afternoons – swimming

Friday 3rd – Dress up as a superhero day for Super Seraph

Thursday 23rd May – Orange class assembly, parents and carers are invited to join us


For homework this half term we would like you to continue practising the phonics activities that were sent home over Easter. This is as well as completing the weekly spelling activities which are to be handed in on Fridays.