Highbury Infant School and Nursery

Tel: 01462 630500

E-mail: admin@highbury.herts.sch.uk

Orange Class

Welcome to Orange Class!

Autumn 2 - Dinosaurs!

Today we learnt about Mary Anning and how she used to carefully get fossils out of rocks. 

We had cookies (the stone) with chocolate chips (the fossils) and had to carefully free the fossils from the stone using cocktail sticks. Miss Kirbyshire said it was the most she had seen us all concentrate!

Autumn 1

Today we made Autumn leaf wreaths, tried apple printing to make pumpkins and explored the feel and smell of real pumpkins. 

We had a fundraiser for the PTA today and had to dress up with crazy hair and crazy clothes.

Welcome to Year 1. 


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. Thank you to those parents who have sent in family trees as part of the summer learning, if you haven’t sent it in please do so by 11th September along with a named baby photo.


We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that P.E kits need to be in school every day and that hair must be tied back.   


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.


Following on from the letter concerning our whole school approach to reading, your child will bring home two books to read. Please be aware that we are continuing with our new reading system, therefore the books they bring home are the level they are secure on, and the books they read in school are the level they are working on.  In Orange Class, reading books will be collected in on a Tuesday and new books given out on a Thursday. Library books will also be changed once a week on a Thursday. 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.  



We will be having a Forest School session every half term. For these sessions it would be helpful if your child came to school with wellies, a coat and waterproof trousers (we have limited numbers of these in school if needed). This half term, Forest School will be on Friday 16th October. 


We will now be providing a healthy snack for your child, if you have been sending your child in with one there is no need to do so now.


Please ensure you follow the one-way system in and out of the playground and drop your child off promptly. Please also remember there is a yellow box two metres from the classroom door which you should not cross. These measures have been put into place to keep everyone in our school community safe. A reminder our school day starts at 8.45 and finishes at 2.55.

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