Highbury Infant School and Nursery

Tel: 01462 630500

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

Orange Class

Welcome to Orange Class!

Spring 1

Our topic this half term is Frozen planet.

In English we will be talking about toys that are special to them relating to the book The Last Noo-noo as well as poetry learning based on rhyme.

In Maths we will be using our knowledge on numbers to 10 to work up to 20 and telling the time to the hour and half past the hour.

In Science we will look at different objects and learning the materials they are made from. We will be using these materials to help us do experiments with ice.

In Geography we will be comparing weather patterns in the UK compared to Polar regions.

In History we will be learning about Ernest Shackleton’s expedition.

In Jigsaw PSHE this half term our topic is ‘Dreams and goals. We will be looking at setting goals for ourselves and taking on new challenges. 

P.E will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child’s P.E kit is always in school and hair is tied up every day.  

Just before Christmas, your child was given a new spelling booklet to complete weekly as well as a new homework sheet. These folders can stay at home but need to be handed in on 7/2 for spelling assessments and so your child has a chance to share some of the homework with the rest of the class. An additional spelling game will be set every Monday to be completed on Purple Mash.

Our Forest School session this half term will take place on Thursday 10th February. 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).

Autumn 2

Our topic this half term is Dinosaurs.

 We will be learning about what animals eat and how we can group them in Science. We will also be experiencing different types of Science enquiry.

In Computing, we will be continuing our Computing curriculum on Purple Mash looking at grouping, sorting and making pictograms.

In R.E, we are looking at Justice and Fairness and the influence various rules have on or lives. 

We will be writing recounts and learning how to sequence instructions in English.  

Maths this half term will focus on numbers to 10 through sorting, identifying, grouping, addition and subtraction.

P.E will continue to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child’s P.E kit is always in school and hair is tied up every day.  

Reading books will continue to be changed on a Thursday. Library books will also be changed once a week on a Thursday. Please bear in mind that the reading books the children choose to take home are the level they are secure in, therefore they should be practising fluency and comprehension skills. In school, the books they read are the level they are working on. Towards the end of the half term your child will be assessed again in reading.

Please continue to listen to your child read daily at home. It is also important they hear an adult read to them weekly to help model fluency and pace.

In Jigsaw PSHE this half term our topic is ‘Celebrating differences’. We will be looking at things that are the same as our friends and things that are different and how we accept these differences.

Your child has now been given a spelling booklet to complete weekly as well as their homework. These folders can stay at home but need to be handed in on 6/12 for spelling assessments and so your child has a chance to share some of the homework with the rest of the class. An additional spelling game will be set every Monday to be completed on Purple Mash.

Our Forest School session this half term will take place on Thursday 9th December. 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).

We will be visiting Hitchin Museum on Monday the 8th November as part of our dinosaurs topic. We will also be having a visiting Dinosaur expert to to talk to the children on the 15th November.

 

Autumn 1

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 17th September.

We will be learning about our bodies in Science, this will include looking at how our bodies work, the way we use our senses and how we change. We will also be looking at the differences between humans and animals, and what they both need to keep healthy.

In English we have three units; labels and captions, poetry based on our senses and a contemporary fiction unit.

Maths will continue to take a practical approach in year 1 but your child will be learning to sort, order and classify objects as well as counting, adding and subtracting them.

We will be doing P.E every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.   

In PSHE we will be following the ‘Jigsaw’ approach. The first unit is ‘Being me in my world’ where we will explore thoughts and feelings surrounding feeling special and safe, rights and responsibilities, and rewards and consequences.                 

Books will be changed 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 22nd October. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to me at the beginning or end of the day, or email me kirbyshirel@highbury.herts.sch.uk.

 

Summer

Today we made some beautiful plant collages.

This week we had an animal visit!

Our Summer term has been full of learning about animals and plants. 

We look forward to our animal visit on 29th June.