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.

 

Summer Newsletter 2016 – Tottenham

We warmly welcome all new families joining Sunrise this term, and gladly welcome back familiar faces.

We hope you had an enjoyable spring holiday together.

IMPORTANT DATES

Summer Term

Term Begins: Tuesday 12th April

Garden Day: Sunday 15th May

Parents Meeting: Tuesday 24th May 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Teacher Training: Friday 27th May*

Half Term: Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June

Sports Day: Friday 24th June 4:30pm

Cultural Show: Friday 15th July 4pm

Term Ends: Thursday 21st July

Autumn Term

Term Begins: Tuesday 6th September

Parents Meeting: Date TBC

Teacher Training: Friday 21st October*

Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October

Term Ends: Thursday 15th December

* The school is closed on Teacher Training and Development days.

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 thank Fowzia, who is leaving to live abroad with her family. Cahit will replace her break cover duties.

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 being served with raw carrots, cucumber, and 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             Jake-            Key Person

Sureyya–     Key Person                           Joziah–        Co-Key Person       

Martha-      Assistant                              Cahit – 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:

April –    Universal Love                    April –   Earth

May –    Spiritual Study                  May –    Plants and Insects

June –     Simple Living                 June –    Birds

July – Meditation                          July – Mammals

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 then 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 bake, take part in yoga, music making, storytelling, arts and crafts, and phonic songs, as well as going to the Forest.

Parent Information

  • 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 afternoon, so there is no need for parents to do so.
  • Please provide your child with 2 complete changes of clothing in cloth bags.  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 Hildegard- Music Teacher Martha- Assistant (Mon/Thurs pm)

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 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 Swimming* Garden
11:30 Music
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 Garden Garden Garden Garden Garden
2:00 Theme discussion Theme discussion Forest School Theme discussion 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

  • 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

Meenakshi– Science Teacher Hildegard– Music Teacher

Maria- French Teacher Karmeshana– Art Teacher

Curriculum

 

SUBJECT

Years 1 & 2

English Gruffalo and Non Fiction books to compare books by the same author.

Focus on grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Creating a class book with the children as authors and illustrators.

Maths Division, Number Bonds, Multiplication, 2 digit number sentence, + & –
Science What makes something alive and Animals.
Geography/History Continue features of continents.
Arts & Crafts Exploring different mediums.

 

At the end of each week, a project folder containing reading and writing or maths practice will be sent home to enable parents to become involved with their child’s progress. Please return the folders by the following Wednesday.

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 Free Play Free Play Free Play Free Play Sports Hall*
09:30 Circle Time Circle Time Circle Time/

Show & Tell

Whole School Circle
10:00 Maths/Literacy

Break

Maths/Literacy

10:35/11:20 Science

Maths/Literacy

11.00 Break

Maths/English
11.00 Break
11:30 French Break Music Swimming Guided Reading
12:00 Lunch

Guided Reading

12:30

Lunch

PSHE 1:00– 1:30

Lunch Lunch 12:30 – 1:00

Playtime 1 – 1:30

Lunch
1:30 Forest School* Art – 1:30-2:15 Maths/Literacy
2:00 Maths/Literacy Cooking Break
3:00 History/Geography Maths/Literacy Maths/English
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- Main Class Teacher      Laura- Literacy

Maria- French                             Jake– Ukulele        Meenakshi– Science

Karmeshana– Art                        Hildegard- Music/Piano/Recorder
Helene – ICT

Curriculum

SUBJECT

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6

English – Grammar Literacy Fulfilling all new areas of National Curriculum Grammar.

Journalistic writing, poetry, comprehension.

English – Literature Yrs 3&4 – The Wreck of the Zanzibar, M.Morpurgo / Yrs 5&6 – Stormbreaker, A. Horowitz
Maths Multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentage.
Science Human Body Systems (1), First Aid and Genetics.
Geography Weather watch, Seas and Oceans.
History Stuarts and Georgians (Revolution).
Arts & Crafts Variety of drawing, modelling, sculpture, painting.

Homework

All children will receive Literacy homework once a week, with Yrs 5 & 6 receiving an additional piece of Maths 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/

Circle Time Yoga

Science (9:15) French Yoga Sports Hall*
09:30 School Circle
10:00 Creative Writing Spelling Test (10:15) Literacy Groups Maths Circle Time (10:15)
10:30 SPAG/Yr 3 Science Maths
11:00 Break Break Break Break Break
11:30 SPAG/ICT PSHE/ Circle Time/

Break Yrs 3&4

Literacy Groups Swimming* History
12:00 French
12:30 Lunch Lunch (12:15) Lunch Lunch
1:00 PSHE/ Maths Lunch
1:30 Athletics Recorder Forest School
2:00 Geography Maths (2:15) Spelling List/

Arts and Crafts

2:45 Maths/Ukulele Drama
3:00 Self-Evaluation

(3:50)

Self-Evaluation

(3:30)

Self-Evaluation

(3:15)

*Please refer back to ‘School Life’

Autumn Newsletter 2015

SUNRISE NEWS

We warmly welcome all new families joining Sunrise this term, and welcome back our old families. We hope you had a good holiday together.

IMPORTANT DATES

Autumn Term
Term Begins: Tuesday 8th September
Parents Meeting: Tuesday 6th October 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Teacher Training: Friday 23rd October *
Half Term: Monday 26th – 30th October
Term Ends: Thursday 17th December

Spring Term
Term Begins: Tuesday 5th January
Teacher Training: Friday 12th February
Half Term: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February
Term Ends: Thursday 24th March

Summer Term
Term Begins: Tuesday 12th April
Teacher Training: Friday 27th May
Half Term: Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June
Term Ends: Thursday 21st July

* The school is closed on Teacher Training and Development days.

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
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 welcome Karmeshana who will be teaching Art, and Meenakshi who will be teaching Science to Yrs 1-6. We also welcome Cahit who will join us as a teaching assistant across all classes as well as in after school club. We are sad to lose Krshnadeva and wish him well in his new job.

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 being served with raw carrots, cucumber, and 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, as we do not cancel Forest school 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 and towel 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 an item which they have brought from home. Electrical items are not permitted.

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 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 & RECEPTION

Nursery Teacher Information

Elly – Nursery Room leader Jake- Key Person
Joziah- Co-Key Person Martha- Co-Key Person
Fowzia- Co-Key Person Sureyya- Co- Key Person

Reception Teacher Information

Yvonne- Main Class Teacher

Hildegard- Music Teacher

Curriculum

The Nursery and Reception class follow the Early Years Curriculum. There is a curriculum map in the corridor outside of the nursery classroom that parents may wish to view.
Parents can also visit www.foundationyears.org.uk, which is a website that provides information about 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. If you would like to volunteer to come with us please talk to Elly.

Timetable Highlights

• Nursery Class

Throughout the week the nursery children will have the opportunity to bake, take part in music, storytelling and arts and crafts as well as going to the Forest.

Reception Class

Wednesday- am Library
pm Music
Thursday- am School Circle Time / Swimming*
Friday- am Show & Tell* / Forest School
pm Cooking
*Please refer back to ‘School Life’
Parent Information

• Nursery/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. We will provide a snack alongside the fruit in the afternoon, so there is no need for parents to do so.

• Please provide your child with 2 complete changes of clothing in cloth bags. We have some
waterproof clothing to allow children to play in the wet weather, however younger children prefer their own clothes, therefore please ensure that the clothing is completely waterproof. We recommend that you include several plastic bags to store any soiled items.
PRIMARY CLASS YEARS 1 & 2 – Key Stage 1

Teacher Information

Julia- Class Teacher
Anna- History & Drama Teacher Karmeshana- Art Teacher Hildegard- Music Teacher
Maria- French Teacher Meenakshi- Science Teacher

Curriculum

SUBJECT Years 1 & 2
English Mister Magnolia – guided reading.
Story writing – grammar, punctuation and verbs, nouns and adjectives.
Maths Appropriate levels pursued through individual workbooks – addition and subtraction, measuring, large numbers and other National Curriculum topics.
Science What are Myths? Solid, Liquids and Gases?
Geography Continents, earth’s physical features
History Earth’s Timeline / Famous people
Arts & Crafts Exploring Mediums

At the end of each week, a project folder containing reading and writing or maths practice will be sent home to enable parents to become involved with their child’s progress. Please return the folders by the following Wednesday.
Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 Literacy Literacy Show & Tell
Literacy Sports Hall*
09:30 School Circle
10:00 Maths Maths Maths Swimming* Meditation
10:30 Break
11:00 Break Break Break Break Science

11:30 Music French
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30 Forest School*
2:00 History / Drama Art & Craft Maths Geography/
History
3:00 Literacy (History) Self-Directed Activity Time Cooking
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- Main Class Teacher Laura- Literacy Teacher
Maria- French Teacher Anna- Drama/Ukulele Teacher Karmeshana- Art Teacher
Hildegard- Music/Piano/Recorder Teacher Helene – ICT Meenakshi- Science

Curriculum

SUBJECT Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
English – Grammar Direct/Indirect speech
English – Literature Group 1 – Kensuke’s Kingdom
Group 2 – Iron Man
Maths Large numbers – hierarchies, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry (appropriate curriculum expectation)
Science What is Science / Sound
Geography Map-making – earth’s physical geography, climate zones, rivers, mountains
History Tudors – Timeline
Arts & Crafts Exploring Mediums

Homework

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

Assessment

All areas of the curriculum are assessed using National Curriculum Key Stages, levels and sublevels.
Assessment of spiritual & character development is recognised through positive behaviour rewards.

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 Show & Tell/ Meditation Yoga/
Meditation French Yoga
Sports Hall*
09:30 Ukulele / Maths School Circle
10:00 Literacy SPAG Spelling Literacy Maths/Spelling Test Meditation
Maths
11:00 Break Break Break Swimming* Break
11:30 Drama (History) Arts & Crafts Literacy Break PSHE
12:00 French
12:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Guided Reading Lunch
1:30 Forest School* Recorder
2:00 Literacy (History)/ ICT / Singing Maths Literacy/ ICT Science
3:00 Geography Self-Evaluation Self-Evaluation
4:00 Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time Home Time
*Please refer back to ‘School Life’

SUMMER TERM STORY
Sharing is Caring

Once there was a small boy who belonged to a poor family. One day, he was walking through the forest carrying some wood. He saw an old man who was very hungry and the boy wanted to give him some food, but he did not have any of his own, so he continued on his way. On his way he saw a deer who was very thirsty. He wanted to give him some water, but he did not have any water, so he continued on his way. Lastly he saw a man who wanted to make a camp but he did not have any wood. The boy asked his problem and gave some wood to him. In return, the man offered some food and water to the boy. Now the boy went back to the old man and gave him some food and gave some water to the deer. The old man and the deer were very happy and the boy went happily on his way.

Sometime later the poor boy fell down the hill. He was in pain and couldn’t move, but the old man who he had helped before saw him, and quickly came and pulled him up the hill. He had many wounds on his legs but the deer whom the boy had given water to saw his wounds and quickly went to the forest and brought back some herbs. After sometime the boy’s wounds were covered and began to heal. All were very happy that they were able to help each other.