Autumn term 2016

We warmly welcome each new family joining Sunrise this term, and gladly welcome back familiar faces.  We hope that you had an enjoyable summer holiday together.

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Term Dates 2016-2017

16 Aug – 23 Dec 2016    19 weeks

Half term: Mon 24 Oct to Tues 25 Oct (re-opens Wed 26 Oct)

10 Jan – 31 March 2017 12 weeks

Half term: Mon 13 Feb to Tues 14 Feb (re-opens Wed 15 Feb)

10 Apr – 21 July 2017   15 weeks

Half term: Mon 29 May to Tues 30 May (re-opens Wed 31 May)

Total: 46 weeks nursery is open

 

Dates for children who attend 15 hours only:

6 Sep -23 Dec 2016   15 weeks

Half term: 24 Oct full week off

10 Jan – 31 March 2017   11 weeks

Half term: 13 Feb full week off

18 Apr – 14 July 2017   12 weeks

Half term: 29 May full week off

Total: 38 weeks

NOTICES & REMINDERS

Shopping
When you shop online with:
Amazon     John Lewis     Halfords     LoveFilm     Dabs.com     CD Wow     Nature’s Best
Please do so via our school website sunrise.org.uk, as we receive a small contribution.

 

Fundraising
Please visit our updated website which now allows for easy donations to be made to Sunrise via the Smart Giving icon, located on the right hand side under our contact details.

If you have any suggestions for fundraising, please bring your ideas to the next parent’s meeting, alternatively contact our school office via e-mail or phone.

 

SCHOOL LIFE

Home Visit
For new parents settling your child this term, you will be asked to schedule an in-depth meeting with their key person during the first half of the term.  This meeting could take place at your home, or at school.  As part of Sunrise School’s Neo-Humanist philosophy we would like to give parents the opportunity of a home visit, as it is beneficial for children to see their home and nursery/school working together as one.  Talking to your child’s key person brings familiarity and confidence into our relationship together for the benefit of your child.  For primary aged children we also promote home-visits to nurture and enhance teacher/child relationships.

 

Staff Updates
We wish to welcome Sherie and Cetena who both join us as Nursery Assistants.  We also welcome Farzana as a teaching assistant in Reception class, Suezette as a teaching assistant in our Key Stage 1 class, and Yasmine as a teaching assistant in our Key Stage 2 class.

 

Meals
The school provides freshly cooked vegetarian meals at lunchtime, which follow a sentient yogic diet excluding meat, fish, eggs, garlic, onion (or leek) or mushroom.

Below is a selection of the meals that will be offered, all served with fresh carrot, cucumber, & tomato.

  • White/Brown rice with lentils, mixed vegetables and tofu
  • Roast potatoes with beans and cheese
  • Pasta with tomato sauce and soya mince
  • Vegetarian shepherd’s pie
  • Soup and dumplings

Our talented cook Verona also treats us to some wonderful lasagne, and very occasionally makes chips/wedges, pizza or apple crumble.

 

Snacks
Sunrise is a vegetarian school, therefore all snacks provided should be vegetarian.

We are trying to teach the children to feed themselves healthily, therefore if you choose to provide a snack for your child, please do not send sweets, crisps or unnatural juices.

Please also avoid sending nuts in case of any allergies.

Uniform
We ask that primary school children wear red tops (shirts, t-shirts, blouses) and black bottoms (shorts, trousers, skirts, jogging bottoms).

These colours promote good concentration and grounding, enhance the vibrant energy of children, and give them a sense of belonging.

Outdoor Play
It is an Early Years Foundation Stage requirement that children play outdoors if they choose to, as it is necessary for their development.  Please provide your child with very warm clothing to enable them to go outside in all kinds of weather, and to enjoy the experience!  

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate parents request to keep children indoors if they have a cold, as we recommend children stay home if they are unwell.

Forest School
Please provide your child with warm clothing including hat, gloves and scarf, wellington boots and raincoats, for use in wet weather. A spare set of clothing including very thick socks as well as a healthy snack is also recommended.

 

Swimming & Sports Hall
Please ensure that a swimsuit, swimming cap, towel and armbands (if required) are provided for swimming lessons, and that suitable running shoes are provided for the Sports Hall session.

Show & Tell
Your child may use this time to show and tell their class about one small item which they have brought from home.

Circle Time
We incorporate Circle Time into each class every day, with a Whole School Circle Time taking place each Thursday morning. Circle time is fun with songs, yoga, spiritual singing (kiirtan) and meditation, all of which help to strengthen relationships with each other, give an understanding of the universal family, and also give meaning to our spiritual development.

After School Club
The After School Club is open from 4pm-6pm at a cost of £8 per session, and is available to all.
The sessions are covered by Cahit with another member of staff on site. Please book in advance.

Early Morning Club
The Club is open from 8:30am-9:00am at a cost of £2 per session, and is available to all children.
The sessions are covered by Elly and Jake from Nursery class.  Please book in advance.

Illness
If your child suffers from an attack of vomiting or diarrhoea, they will need to stay home for 48hrs before returning to school.

 

NURSERY CLASS

Nursery Teacher Information

Elly –            Nursery Room Leader
Sherie-        Deputy Room Leader/Key Person
Sureyya–     Key Person
Martha-      Nursery Assistant
Cahit –         Nursery Assistant
Cetena-       Nursery Assistant      

 

Curriculum
The Nursery class follows the Early Years Curriculum.  There are curriculum maps on noticeboards in the classroom that parents may wish to view.

Parents can also visit www.foundationyears.org.uk, for further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The monthly YES themes are: The monthly CIRCLE OF LOVE themes are:
September –   Meditation                         September –   Me and My Family
October –   Non-Harming                         October –   People in the Community
November –   Cleanliness                         November –   Universal Family
December –   Benevolent Truthfulness    December –   Celebrations

Parents please feel free to make any suggestions you may have regarding any aspects of the themes you wish your child/ren to learn about.  Forest School will take place on a Monday this term, it is optional so if you would like your child to opt out, please let us know and they can stay at Sunrise. If you would like to volunteer in the Nursery or to accompany us on outings please talk to Elly.

 

Timetable Highlights
Throughout the week the nursery children will have the opportunity to take part in cooking, yoga, music, arts and crafts, as well as visiting the Forest and library.

 

Parent Information
It is essential that you complete the daily ‘signing in’ sheets each time you bring and collect your child.

    • Nursery times are 9am-4pm, with 12pm or 2pm being the collection time for morning only children and 4pm being the latest collection time unless your child is in the After School Club, or an alternative time has been agreed upon. Picking up a child after 12pm, 2pm, 4:10pm or 6pm will incur a £8 fine as the teacher will need to be compensated for their time.
    • Please provide 2 pieces of fruit, and a water bottle which we will wash and refill with filtered water.  We will provide a snack alongside the fruit in the morning and afternoon.

 

  • Please provide your child with 2 complete changes of clothing in cloth bags, ensuring that every item is clearly labelled.  Please also ensure your child has a velcro shoe closure rather than laces.  We have waterproof clothing to allow children to play in wet weather, however younger children prefer their own clothes, therefore please ensure that the clothing is completely waterproof.  Please include several plastic bags to store any soiled items.

 

RECEPTION

Teacher Information
Yvonne–     Main Class Teacher
Farzana– Teaching Assistant
Hildegard-     Music Teacher

The Reception class follows the Early Years Curriculum.  There are curriculum maps on noticeboards in the classroom that parents may wish to view.

Parents can also visit www.foundationyears.org.uk, for further information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

 

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 Free Play Free Play Free Play Free Play Free Play
09:30 Circle Time Circle Time Library

(every fortnight)

Whole School

Circle

Circle Time/

Show & Tell

10:00 Numeracy or

Literacy

Numeracy or

Literacy

Numeracy or

Literacy

Numeracy or

Literacy

10:30 Snack Time Snack Time Snack Time Snack Time Snack Time
11:00 Garden Garden Garden Garden Garden
11:30 Music
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Swimming*

(every fortnight)

Lunch
1:00 Garden Garden Garden Lunch Garden
2:00 Theme discussion Theme discussion Theme discussion Forest School Cooking
2:30 Theme activity Theme activity Theme activity
3:00 Snack time Snack time Snack time Snack time
4:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

*Please refer back to ‘School Life’

 

Parent Information
It is essential that you complete the daily ‘signing in’ sheets each time you bring and collect your child.

    • Reception times are 9am-4pm, with 12pm or 2pm being the collection time for morning only children and 4pm being the latest collection time unless your child is in the After School Club, or an alternative time has been agreed upon. Picking up a child after 12pm, 2pm, 4:10pm or 6pm will incur a £8 fine as the teacher will need to be compensated for their time.
    • Please provide 2 pieces of fruit, and a water bottle which we will wash and refill with filtered water.  A healthy snack should also be provided for the afternoon.

 

  • Please provide your child with spare clothing in a cloth bag, alongside plastic bags to store any soiled items.

 

 

 

  • PRIMARY CLASS YEARS 1 & 2 – Key Stage 1

 

Teacher Information
Arlene- Class Teacher
Suezette-  Teaching Assistant
Maria-
French Teacher
Meenakshi/Yasmine -Science Teachers
Hildegard– Music Teacher
Karmeshana Art Teacher

Curriculum

SUBJECT Years 1 & 2
English Theme: All About Me – Fiction Books           Focus:  Emotions – Recognising feelings  

Year 1 – Repeating Patterns /Labels, Lists & Signs /Information Text /Songs &  

              Poems /Patterns & Rhymes  

Year 2 – Stories with familiar settings /Post Cards & Letters /Information Texts /  

              Songs & Repetitive Poems /Traditional Poems for Young Children /  

              Letter Formation /Sentence Structure /Phonics Phases Punctuation/

              Grammar & Spelling

Maths Appropriate levels pursued through individual workbooks. Number bonds 10-20/ Addition & Subtraction/ Measuring/ and other National Curriculum topics.
Science Year 1 – What are Myths?                               Year 2 – All about Animals
History Theme: Great Fire of London
Arts & Crafts Exploring different mediums to create artwork relating to the terms themes.  

Homework – To write about their personal experiences each week, Spelling and Maths.

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 Phonics/

Guided Reading

Phonics/

Guided Reading

Phonics/

Guided Reading

Phonics/

Guided Reading

Phonics/

Guided Reading

9:45 French Circle Time Circle Time School Circle Time Meditation
10:15 Circle Time Science Yr 2
10:30 Break/Snack Break/Snack Y1 Break/Snack Break/Snack Break/Snack
11:00-

12:00

Sports Hall Science Yr1 /

Snack Yr2 – 11:15

Maths Maths Maths/Literacy
Maths 11:45 Music 11.30-12.00 Swimming* 12:00-

12.50

(every fortnight)

12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch  –  1.00 Lunch
1:30 Garden Time Garden Time Forest School* Art 1.30-2.30 Garden 1.15
2:00 History Cookery Break 2.30-3.00 Drama
3:00 Literacy/Maths/

Story time

Maths/Literacy

Story Time

Mental Maths/

Story Time Literacy

Mental Maths/

Story Time Literacy

4:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

*Please refer back to ‘School Life’

PRIMARY CLASS YEARS  3-6 – Key Stage 2

Teacher Information
Meeta-  Class Teacher
Yasmine- Teaching Assistant
Maria- French
Helene –        ICT
Meenakshi– Science
Karmeshana–   Art
Hildegard- Music/Piano/Recorder

Curriculum

SUBJECT Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
English – Grammar          

                Literacy

                Literatue

Speech marks/ Clauses/ All parts of speech and ability appropriate exercises   

Creative writing – Autobiography/ Biography

Coming to England by Floella Benjamin – Yrs 4,5 & 6

Fog Hounds by Joan Aitkin – Yr 3               

Maths Multiplication/ Division/ Fractions/ Large numbers and ability focussed workbooks and textbooks
Science Human Body Systems
Geography Rainforests and Deserts
History Pre-history/ Cave people/ Egyptians
Arts & Crafts Using a wide range of materials in topic based activities.

 

Homework
All children will receive Maths homework once a week, with Yrs 5 & 6 receiving an additional piece of Literacy homework.  It is the parent’s responsibility to support their child in completing any homework.

 

Assessment
All areas of the curriculum are assessed using National Curriculum Attainment Targets.

Assessment of spiritual & character development is recognised through positive behaviour rewards.

Timetable

       Monday        Tuesday      Wednesday        Thursday        Friday
09:00 Show & Tell Yoga Yoga
09:15 Singing Workshop Science / Maths French / Maths Maths ICT /

Literature

10:15 French / ICT Circle Time SPAG
11:00 Break Break Break/Recorder Break Break
11:30 Creative Writing PSHE Creative Writing History Maths
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Swimming*

(fortnightly)

Lunch
1:30 Lunch
 2:00 Maths Sports Hall /

Forest School*

(alternate weeks)

SPAG

Swimming* (fortnightly)

Geography

Ukulele/Reading
 2:30 Athletics Art Drama 3:00
 4:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time

*Please refer back to ‘School Life’

AUTUMN TERM STORY

The Wind and The Sun



It was an autumn day when the wind and the sun had a disagreement.

The wind boasted “I am stronger than you.”

The sun said mildly “No, you are not”. Back and forth they went until they saw a traveller wrapped in a blanket passing by. The wind said, “Whoever separates the blanket from the traveller is the strongest. Do you agree?”

The sun replied, “OK. You try first.”

The wind started blowing, so the traveller wrapped his blanket around him. The wind blew harder, so the traveller held his blanket even tighter. The wind blew harder still and the traveller held his blanket as tightly as possible. The harder the wind blew the tighter and firmer the traveller held his blanket.

When it was the Sun’s turn, the sun smiled gently at the traveller. The traveller loosened his grip on the blanket. The sun then smiled warmly. The traveller felt the warmth and soon took off the blanket.

The sun was declared the stronger of the two.

A gentle smile can achieve what force can’t.

 

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