Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Orange Class

Welcome to Orange Class!


Autumn 1

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.

Spring 2

To end our Spring term we had a great time hunting for Easter eggs! 


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.