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

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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’

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