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Welcome to
Class 1

Our Early Years Aims

Our aim for the children in our Early Years setting is that they become confident, caring and respectful young people whose creativity and inquisitiveness is nurtured and enhanced through our Early Years Curriculum.  We help our children to develop a love of learning by offering memorable learning experiences, a language rich environment and most importantly an enjoyable place to learn.  

Meet the Team

Welcome to Class 1, our Nursery class.  Our teacher is Mrs Fagan and our teaching assistants are Mrs Jackson and  Mrs Wilson

Mrs Fagan
Mrs Wilson
Mrs Jackson

Our Class Charter

Our class promises are decided by the children in our class. They are the rules and values that they think are most important to help our class be the best it can.

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Our Curriculum

We offer a range of different activities to help our Early Years children grow and learn.  Our children enjoy direct teaching of English and Maths skills, teacher led challenges to excite and inspire them, as well as the opportunity to develop and extend their thinking and learning through continuous provision, where they lead the play.  The challenges and play on offer are based around our half termly topics and book hooks, which are further complemented by activities inspired by the children’s interests.

Please click on the link below to see our curriculum in more detail.

Our Timetable

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Book Hooks and 3-a-day

We really value reading at South Stanley Infant and Nursery, and know the positive impact reading for pleasure has on your child’s future achievements.  That is why we read the same ‘book hook’ 3 times a session, every session.  This helps the children to get to know these carefully chosen stories inside out!  They learn the repeated refrains, new vocabulary,  get excited when anticipating events in the story.  It enables them to know the book well enough to talk about it with their friends and to use this story knowledge in their play, recreating and innovating new tales of their own!

These are the stories your child will enjoy in Class 1, Nursery.



Children build up a bank of twelve well known nursery rhymes throughout the year with a different focus each week


Every half term, a poetry 'pick' is enjoyed - a poem picked for its quality language, recommendation and links to learning. Children unpick the vocabulary and enjoy listening to, then joining in with the poem, leading to in class and shared performances. We also share a weekly maths book hook which also promotes rhythm and rhyme.

These are the poems we enjoy throughout the year.

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Book Bags and Homework

All of our children are provided with a book bag and reading record, which we ask parents to sign and comment in so we can see how the children are progressing at home.


We ask that ALL Nursery children bring their book bag to school every MONDAY.  The children choose a picture book to take home and enjoy for the week, and bring their book bags home again on Tuesday.

Our aim is that the children share this ‘reading for pleasure’ book 5 times throughout the week, and there is more information in their reading record about this.

On THURSDAY we send home a homework challenge.  These may be ’chatterbox challenges’, or linked to Maths or Physical Development.  These short activities will give a flavour of what we are working on in school through a game or challenge to enjoy together

WOW Stars

We always love to hear from home, and ask that parents send in ‘WOW’ stars to share celebrations and achievements outside of school (we provide the stars – please ask for more if you have run out!).  We share these ‘WOW moments’ with all the children and display the stars in class.

Our Children!

Our children enjoy a range of teacher led challenges and child led learning and play every day, and we think you’ll agree, they have lots of fun! 

Your child may not remember everything they have been busy with each day, so please enjoy these photos showing some of the activities they have enjoyed.

Class newsletters

Please click on the links below to see Class 1’s newsletters.

Class 1 Newsletter Autumn 1 2023

Class 1 Newsletter Autumn 2 2023

Class 1 Newsletter Spring 1 2024

Class 1 Newsletter Spring 2 2024

Class 1 Newsletter Summer 1 2024

Useful information and links

PhonicsPlay – Phase 1 Resources
Online Phonics Games (Phase 1) –
Phase 1 Games – Letters and Sounds (
Radio – Listening
activities for kids – CBeebies – BBC
Words for Life | National Literacy Trust | Words for Life

If you would like to know more about Class 1 or would like further information about our school, please see your child’s teacher or ring the school office on 01207 232445.

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