Welcome to Class 1

Mrs Coleman-Harris, Miss Wood, Mrs Ridgway and Mrs Elson are looking forward to welcoming you into Class One. Class One is made up of both Nursery and Reception pupils. We love learning together through play!

In Class One learning takes place through a combination of child initiated activities, adult modelled play activities, independent challenges and focus activities led by an adult. We teach the children around stories, poems, non fiction texts, the seasons, celebrations and also follow the children’s interests and fascinations. It is through all of these experiences that the children are given opportunities to explore and develop their skills in the prime areas of learning (Personal & Social, Communication & Language and Physical Development) and the specific areas of learning (Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding the World and Expressive art & design) as identified in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Development Matters guidance. Below are the links for these document to help you learn more about the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

Development Matters

We have many areas of continuous provision within our setting which the children love to explore. Some of these areas include water, loose parts, sand, role play, reading, mud kitchen, calm, fine motor, writing, creative, reflective, maths, small world and construction area. These areas are developed and added to regularly which gives the children freedom in their learning and opportunities to continue to build on their skills in so many ways. We also have different themed activities set out each day to support all areas of learning. The children have daily free flow access to the indoor and outdoor provision all year round.

Our local area and community also play a huge part in our learning. We love to visit St Mary’s church, litter pick in the local area, visit the park, show respect at Colton war memorial, visit the mobile library, relax in the church garden, post letters at the pop up post office, take calm walks in the area, build our muscles at Colton park and we have even visited some of the houses in the community; we visited Colton house to see a huge pumpkin, and we also picked a Christmas tree one year from the garden!

It is through all of these opportunities that each child in class one is able to build a love for learning, friendships, respect for others, resilience, perseverance, self-confidence, independence, self-esteem, and they learn to believe in themselves and fly like an eagle!

What are Class One learning at the moment? 

During the summer two half term we will learn around the theme “Summer fun has begun!” We will learn more about the Queen’s Jubilee, Father’s Day, sports day, mini beasts, under the sea, summer, holidays and much more! 

We will continue to garden, visit the local area and community, go into the forest for outdoor learning and learn through our play. All of these experiences will continue to help us develop and build our skills in all areas of learning.

This half term the children in Reception will continue their journey in developing their reading skills with the Monster Phonics! We will continue to embed our learning of all of the sounds we have learnt across the year and begin to learn how to read CVCC and CCVC words, and polysyllabic words. We will send home lots of resources to support the children in their learning and so that you can get involved too. In maths we will continue to follow the White Rose Guidance and build on and embed our mathematical skills that we have developed across the year. We will also continue to work on developing our letter formation and writing skills. In RE we will learn about ‘What makes everyone special, unique and important?’ We will continue to learn more about ourselves, each other, Christian values and beliefs and the amazing Bible stories that we love to share and explore together as a class. In Personal, social and emotional development time we will learn more about our bodies and self care, our feelings and emotions, ourselves and different families.

Nursery will spend lots of time learning and developing in all areas through their self chosen play. They will have the support and guidance from the adults in the setting who will be there ready to support and develop their learning with them wherever appropriate. Nursery will continue to take part in 'Prime Time' where they will develop in the prime areas of learning; personal, social and emotional skills, physical skills and communication and language skills. During 'Prime Time' they will take part in learning experiences that develop all aspects in these areas of learning and also develop key skills in their phase 1 phonics development. This underpins everything they will need to help to prepare them for the next phase in their phonics learning in Reception. 

Class one have had an incredible learning journey across the academic year so far! They continue to amaze us everyday with their learning, development, knowledge, thirst for learning and enthusiasm. They arrive at school each day with their St Mary’s tool belts on. They are ready to learn and play. They are super school citizens and always meet the school values of love, respect and friendship through their behaviour, attitude and individual personalities! We are looking forward to a super last half term together with you in class one! Let’s believe and achieve! 

There will be plenty of transition sessions planned during this last half term for both reception and nursery ahead of the new academic year. They will have the opportunity to meet their new teachers, new friends and explore their new classroom learning environments. This will all help prepare them for the next steps in their school journey.

If you would like to arrange a visit to our Early Years Setting here at St Mary's please contact the school office. We would love to welcome you and show you around! 


Here are a few of Class One’s favourite things;

“We love to write.”

“We love to do art.”

“I like to play at my school.”

“I like listening to stories and retelling them.”

“I like it all set up and ready to play with.”

“We love exploring.”

“ I like role playing stories.”

“I like it when my mummy comes to play at school.”

“Forest school is great. I really like it out there.”

“Playing with friends is one of my favourite things.”

“The book area is nice.”

“We do lots of cooking.”

“Relaxation stories make me feel calm.”

“We had fun at the farm.” 

"I like showing my photos from home and talking about what I do."

“I like visiting Colton park.”

“The construction area is fun.”

“I like the mud kitchen.”

“I like going to worship.”

”I like to go to the library bus!”

"I love Makaton."

"We love PE!"

"I loved the Christmas play!"

”I liked when the police man came to visit and talk to us.”

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