The Sunshine Class


The Sunshine Class in Harpur’s Hill Primary is currently funded by the Department of Education, Northern Ireland. It has been operating since October, 2013. It is a warm and welcoming classroom which provides a consistent, predictable and fun place for children to be nurtured and flourish. It is a safe place in school where children can learn, develop and grow, based on their individual needs in a less formal classroom setting. The classroom is set up like a home, with a living area, kitchen and dining area. The Sunshine Class is run by a qualified teacher and classroom assistant, both of whom have been trained by the Nurture Group Network and have received a certificate in Nurture Theory & Practice.


In September, 2016 Harpur’s Hill Primary were delighted to receive the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award. It is a real honour for Harpur’s Hill Primary to own this award, it not only reflects the hard work of the students but the dedication of the staff, and provides a hard evidential base for the oft-quoted statement that nurture works.


The Sunshine Class have had a busy year so far.

We each have a class job and love taking care of our classroom. We’ve been busy in the kitchen: making top hats, waffle-berry pie, shortbread, cupcakes, traffic light biscuits and more! We had an interesting afternoon of fruit-tasting!

We have 2 beautiful fish: Oscar and Twinkle. (We had a vote to choose their names!) They happily swim around their tank and we take turns to feed them every day.

Our Autumn walk and scavenger hunt in Somerset Forest was great fun. We also visited Mountsandel Wood and Castlerock Beach.

Our parents always enjoy our ‘Stay and play’ days, where we get to show them some of our Nurture Room toys and games. We had a special parents’ afternoon in November, where we read and sang about Harvest and Autumn.

Our Christmas trip to town included a treasure hunt, visit to Bob and Berts for a little hot chocolate and some shopping for our ‘Secret Santa’ gift!

We try hard in class each day to give our best in all our activities; and we especially love Drama and Accelerated Reader.

We use our iPads to take selfies, as well as photographs of each other; and we like to use the Pic Collage app.

With lots to do and much to learn, we won’t be bored! How exciting it is to be in the Sunshine Class at Harpurs Hill School!