About

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We now have places for children from 15 months to 5 years in Stoke Newington and from 5 to 11 years in Tottenham.

Education at Sunrise Nursery  is a harmonious balance between academic guidance, creative expression and inner growth, to develop the highest potential in every child.

Based on a synthesis of the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Montessori methods and Neo-Humanist principles, our curriculum provides varied activities. We enable imitation of practical life skills and use of equipment that encourages self-directed learning. Our nursery environment allows young children undisturbed absorption in their chosen tasks.

Our holistic approach nurtures the all-round development of the child: body, senses, emotion, intellect, creativity and spiritual awareness. We have daily circle time, yoga and singing sessions.

We cater for children between ages 15 months  to 5 years in Stoke Newington and Tottenham.

 

History

Sunrise London started in 1980 in Stoke Newington to provide high-quality education at a fair cost to Hackney families.

The Tottenham Primary School opened in 1987, the Nursery was registered in 2005.

In 1982, the Sunrise Education Trust was formed as a registered charity and although we depend upon parental fees to ensure our daily operation, we have received funds from Awards For All, the Vegetarian Society, Hackney Council and many kind donations from parents and friends.

In 1998, Sunrise purchased a piece of land in County Clare, Ireland, and expanded our scope of operation with Sunrise Farm,,a working organic farm

Vision

Sunrise is part of a worldwide movement known as Neo-Humanist Education, the aim of which is to encourage a universal human society. The interaction of different cultures in our London schools enriches the children with an integrated outlook.

We feel that our children are our most precious resource and that by providing them with a holistic base for life we can help bring about a bright, more enlightened future.

Circle time

Great importance is given to the daily circle. Circle time creates a family feeling of togetherness, a chance to share and listen, to sing and dance joyfully. It is a special morning time celebration where the magic and the true heartbeat of the school can be experienced by all from the youngest nursery child to the oldest children and by the teachers as well.

Practicing this meditation in circle time each morning develops the children’s concentration and awareness and most importantly, Ives them a direct experience of their own inner life. The children learn to be still and feel love

˜above and below, around and inside them.™

Before meditation time we dance and sing kiirtan with our eyes closed and our arms reaching upwards in a gesture of openness, a willingness to receive positive energy from the universe.

Kiirtan is sung using the powerful Sanskrit mantra Baba Nam Kevalam, which means “Everything is love, everything is one”. Whilst meditating, the children are encouraged to concentrate upon the meaning of this mantra and the feelings of love in their own hearts. Such meditation and ideation develop in the children a sense of security and peace within themselves and a feeling of love for the universe to which they belong.

After this quiet time the children can listen to a story, enact a drama or have a learning moment. Circle time helps to develop each child’s intuitive, creative and spiritual capacity.

How do we actively promote Universal and British values?

Democracy:

  • Enable children to express opinions and be involved in decision making in our regular circle groups, classroom elections and in surveys.
  • Children contribute to class debates as part of the English curriculum
  • Children learn about people who help us (public services) in the early years curriculum.
  • Teaches children strategies for solving perceived injustice peacefully.

Rule of law:

  • Children learn about the school rules and why we have them.
  • They develop their understanding of right and wrong; fair and unfair.
  • They learn that rules help everyone to be safe.
  • A home school agreement is signed by pupils and parents.
  • Access to school policy on school website
  • Discovery of core principles in British and universal values.

Individual liberty:

  • The school ethos encourage children to develop their self- knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Children are given opportunities for responsibilities e.g. classroom monitors, sports leaders through class room elections.
  • Participation in anti-bullying week activities each year.
  • Pupil voice is promoted in our regular circle groups.
  • Yogic Niyama principles

Respect and tolerance:

  • The school ethos/ Motto promotes respect for all.
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum promotes respect for all cultures.
  • Curriculum topics explore a range of other countries and cultures.
  • Visits are made to places of worship.
  • In the RE curriculum children learn about other faiths.
  • Learning of British history through field trips and class based learning.
  • Encouraging reflection and critical thinking of learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Similarities and differences between people and families, including those of different faith and ethnicity or with disabilities are discussed throughout the curriculum.
  • Remembrance day
  • Black history month
  • Recognition of all religious festivities
  • Cultural evenings
  • Yogic Yama principles

Sunrise Primary School and Nursery provides Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) which includes the promotion of Universalism which also includes the incorporation of British values by:

  • Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Enabling students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Encouraging students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
  • Enabling students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public Institutions and services in England.
  • Encouraging further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.
  • Encouraging respect for other people.
  • Encouraging respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Activities

Activity

Objective

Who are they Via history lessons pupils identify and appreciate varied members contributing to British society
Pupils choice extracurricular activities Allows pupils to experience election process in order to choose activities suited their personal interest
Britain my home Pupil lead project in which they present how they live in Britain.
Proud Pony Proud Pony is used to help the children understand that they should feel proud of all the communities to which they belong.
Circle time In every class, circle time is used to discuss issues and resolve problems.
School council Allows pupils to experience election process in which they can make a difference.
Universal values Identifying important values appreciated by all cultures
Visits to place of worship Identifies the schools religious diversity
School rules! Children recap and decide upon schools rules per academic term.
Visits to British historical landmarks To give pupils the chance to identify British heritage
Surveys/Questionnaires Allows pupils to put forward their views about the school. 
Visits from Public authority figures To identify and appreciate varied members contributing to British society
Create a flag Identify the schools ethnic/cultural diversity
Make a difference challenge Encourages pupils to promote their unique personal qualities
Cultural events and celebrations To identify, embrace and showcase the schools ethnic/cultural diversity

 

 

Places of interest

The school aims to take pupils to at least one place of interest per academic term as part of the British values learning curriculum.

Place of interest

Objective

Geoffrey Museum The Museum explores and demonstrates British living from 17th century to modern times.
Buckingham palace Official home of the Queen. The Changing of the Guard takes place outside at 11.30am each day.
Tower of London One of London’s World Heritage Sites, visitors can see the Crown Jewels and famous ravens.
Big Ben The Houses of Parliament’s most famous clock tower is one of London’s iconic landmarks.
Magistrates court A place of law when criminal and civil proceedings are deliberated, a place the rule of law is practiced.
Museum of London The history of London, from prehistoric to modern times, is documented here.
Epping forest Ancient English woodland and heritage site.
Globe theatre Replica of the open-air theatre originally designed in 1599 by William Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
Houses of Parliament The Palace of Westminster is where you’ll find the House of Lords and House of Commons in the aim for democratic society.
Westminster Abbey Built in 1560, and venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it’s full name is the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster
Mosque A traditional place of worship for Muslims.A visit will encourage the tolerance of those with  different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect
Mandir A traditional place of worship for Hinduism.A visit will encourage the tolerance of those with  different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect
Synagogue A traditional place of worship for Judaism.A visit will encourage the tolerance of those with  different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect
Buddhist temple A traditional place of worship for Buddhism.A visit will encourage the tolerance of those with  different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect

 

Sunrise London started in 1980 with the Nursery in Stoke Newington providing high-quality education at a fair cost to Hackney families.

In 1982, the Sunrise Education Trust was formed as a registered charity and although we depend upon parental fees to ensure our daily operation, we have received funds from Awards For All, theVegetarian Society, Hackney Council and many kind donations from parents and friends.

The Tottenham Primary School opened in 1987 and the Nursery in 2005.

In 1998, Sunrise purchased a piece of land in County Clare, Ireland, and expanded our scope of operation with Sunrise Farm.