‘We shine here’
BRAMLEY SUNNYSIDE INFANT SCHOOL
ROTHERHAM S66 3QW
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01709 543061
HEAD TEACHER: Mrs Kay Plant
DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER: Mrs Mary Smith
CHAIR OF GOVERNORS: Mr Peter Hart
CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOL: Day Primary- Mixed
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
ROTHERHAM S65 1AS
The information given in this prospectus was correct at the time of going
to print. It remains the right of the Head teacher to make any changes,
to any or all of the sections during the school year.
WELCOME TO BRAMLEY SUNNYSIDE INFANT SCHOOL
Choosing the right primary school is a very important decision for all parents.
We hope this prospectus will help you in making that choice. It provides an
outline of the opportunities that are available to the children who attend
Bramley Sunnyside Infants.
We hope that you will find us a happy and friendly school, committed to doing
the best for the children in our care.
Our school is a place where each individual feels valued and we hope that
children leave as confident, creative and thoughtful individuals.
We believe that the key to success is partnership between parents, teacher and
child and we very much encourage your involvement.
It is of course impossible for a prospectus to fully capture the full experience
of what goes on every day in a school. You are warmly invited to visit the school
when it is in “full swing” and the head teacher, or other members of staff will be
pleased to show you around. You can also visit the school web site on
These aims were devised by the Staff, Governors and Pupils of Bramley
Sunnyside Infants and are displayed around school.
A bit about us…
Bramley Sunnyside Infant School is a larger than average school for 3 to 7 year
old pupils, situated on the outskirts of Rotherham. The school is set on a larger
site which we share with Bramley Sunnyside Junior School. We have 10
classrooms, all recently refurbished, a library, a hall for PE and assemblies and a
separate dining hall. Creativity is very much at the heart of the curriculum and
the school is alive with colour and energy.
We have a separate Foundation Stage Unit and the Year one and two children
are based in the main school. We do however strive to create opportunities for
the whole school to come together to share experiences.
We have developed outdoor areas including a senses garden, large outdoor
playground with quality play equipment, large grassed field and a separate
outdoor area for Foundation stage children.. shade is provided on each outdoor
area. The children have planted containers at the front of the school which
bloom each season.
There are 223 full time pupils on role, and 78 attending part time in the
Foundation stage. The great majority of pupils is of white British ethnic
background, with a small number of Chinese and Asian heritage. On admission to
the Foundation stage unit, the attainments of children vary but are average
overall. The number of pupils in the school with special educational needs is
broadly average, with most of these pupils experiencing moderate learning
difficulties and some with specific speech and language difficulties.
At Bramley Sunnyside Infants we like to see children come to school in the
morning with a smile on their face. We want them to have an enjoyable day
through exciting, stimulating activities, and leave school in the evening being
proud of the day‟s achievements.
STAFF LIST (who we are and what we do!)
Mrs Kay Plant Head Teacher
Mrs Julie Wilson Admin Officer
Mrs Tina Jones Admin Officer
Mrs Joanne Arif Admin Officer
Mrs Mary Smith Deputy Head Teacher
Mrs Lesley Bonnington Foundation Stage Coordinator
Mrs Jacqui Dennis Teacher
Mrs Marie Tomlinson Teacher
Mrs Chris Batteson Teacher
Mrs Vicky Rogers Teacher
Mrs Margaret Henderson Teacher
Miss Lindsay Kirk Teacher
Miss Claire Davies Teacher
Mrs Becky Morton Teacher
Mrs Tracy Doherty Nursery Nurse
Mrs Lynne Dean Nursery Nurse
Mrs Pat Teale Teaching Assistant Coordinator
Mrs Joan Davis Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sally Binstead Teaching Assistant
Mrs Anne Down Teaching Assistant
Ms Carol Oxley Teaching Assistant
Mrs Christine Sullivan Teaching Assistant
Mrs Josephine Bryant Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jane Taylor Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Joanne Singleton Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Lynda Rogan Learning Support Assistant
Mr Stuart Liversidge IT Technician
Mr Chris Mottram Caretaker
Mrs Angela Charlesworth SMSA
Mrs Mandy Hemmingway SMSA
Mrs Susan Jackson SMSA
Mrs Dawn Stocks SMSA
Mrs Julie Allen SMSA
Mrs Caroline Ball SMSA
…if you are still not sure- we all wear name badges
First things first…
As your child spends longer in school you will get to know the routines better, but
this list will hopefully get you started- refer to it as often as you need!
The school day :
FS2, Y1 and Y2- 9.00am-3.15pm
FS1- 9.00am – 11.30am or 12.45pm – 3.15pm
Children and parents are welcome into school from 8.50am onwards. From 8.50am
until when „the bell‟ rings at 9.00am parents are invited to settle their child in. At
the end of the school day parents are able to talk with their child‟s teacher as
well as the Head teacher who is available to discuss any problems or concerns.
You can decide whether your child has a school dinner or packed lunch. School
dinners are…per day and …for the week. All dinner monies are to be paid on
Monday, please send it in a named envelope. If you think your child may be
entitled to Free school meals please enquire at the office.
FS2- 11.30am -12.45pm
Y1 and Y2- 12.00 noon- 1.15pm
All children are entitled to a free piece of fruit each day and this is made
available at morning break. Children under five also receive a 1/3 pint of milk.
Your child can have water throughout the day. They will need a named water
bottle with a „sucky‟ top (sorry I don‟t know the technical term)
Book bag and PE bag
Your child will need these and both can be bought from the main school office.
It is vital your child that your child has good attendance. If your child is absent
for any reason parents should notify the school by telephone or letter on the
first day of absence, giving the reason. If your child has sickness please keep
them at home for a full 24hours afterwards. Parents should arrange family
holidays to coincide with school holidays. Please collect your child on time- be the
last one can be distressing
An Educational Welfare Officer visits regularly and checks the registers for for
any persistent lateness or absence.
We send out one letter per week, every Thursday, letting you know about events
in school and your child‟s homework. Spare copies are available at the office.
The children are encouraged to be polite and well mannered at all times.
We very much promote a positive approach to managing behaviour and
have a number of reward systems in place. Children receive „stickers‟ for
behaviour, effort and attainment. They also have special teacher‟s notes
which tell parents of any work or deed which is of merit. A „Gold Book‟
assembly is held every Friday which celebrates success publicly- (the
children love this and feel very important when they are nominated).
In short, we reward our children at every possible opportunity and believe
that by highlighting positive behaviour and attitudes they become
There are four school rules that every child is aware of:
Be kind to everyone
Look after everything at school
Do your best
These are designed for the children‟s well-being, health and safety and
underpin all aspects of school life. The reasons for them are carefully
explained so that the children all understand them. Each class devises
their own rules at the start of the year. There are set sanctions for all
children should they break our school rules and these are displayed in
each classroom. Our full behaviour policy is available upon request.
Happily we rarely have any incidences of behaviour, which could be
described as bullying. However, bullying has no place at Bramley
Sunnyside. Please let us know if you feel this may be happening or
encourage your child to tell us in confidence. The school has an anti-
bulling policy which is available on request.
Our school uniform is:
Gold polo shirt
Red sweatshirt/ cardigan
Dark coloured trousers/ skirt/ pinafore dress
Red/ Yellow summer dress for girls
NB Uniform with our school logo can be purchased from „Tops and bottoms‟ in
the village. Alternatively children can wear uniform without the logo.
White t shirt
Pumps for outdoor PE
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LABEL ALL CLOTHING
The school has four year groups: Foundation 1, foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2.
The Foundation classes are housed in the foundation stage unit and Year 1 and 2
in the main building. We aim to have three classes per year group plus
Foundation 1 but on occasions have a mixed class. You will be told in the summer
term which class your child is going into the following academic year.
There is a teacher plus some classroom support for each class. Teachers use a
variety of teaching methods for the whole class, for groups and for individuals
according to the subject being taught. Parents are always welcome into school
and can also view our policy document on Teaching and Learning.
Foundation 1 (3 year olds)
Foundation 1 admits children from the age of three. We have 78 part-time
places ; 39 morning and 39 afternoon.
As places are at a premium, official criteria are strictly applied. Should more
children wish to enter the Foundation 1 than there are places available, the Local
Education Authority Admission criteria are as follows:
1. A demonstrable educational, medical or social need, supported by
professional evidence, for a child to attend Bramley Sunnyside Infants, as
determined by the Local Authority in liaison with the Headteacher.
2. Proximity of the child‟s home to the school, as measured by the shortest
available walking route, with those living nearer the school being accorded
the higher priority.
Continued attendance in the Foundation 1 is dependent upon an 80% attendance
Admission to the Foundation 1 does not guarantee a Full Time place.
Full Time Education (4 –7 year olds)
Our admission number is 80 pupils per year group.
Should more children wish to enter the school full time than there are places
available, the Governors have the following County criteria for admissions:
1. Children in Local Authority Care.
2. Current family association.
3. Health and Special Access reasons.
4. Nearness of children‟s homes and ease of access to school.
Application for the Foundation 1 is through the school whilst Foundation 2, Year
1 and Year 2 are through an admission form which is available from Local
The Headteacher regularly tours the school with existing or prospective parents
and can be arranged by contacting the school office.
The school is an inclusive school and welcomes the opportunity to learn about
different ways of life, cultures and beliefs. The staff encourage everyone to
take part on an equal basis within our community.
Administration of medicines
It is our policy not to administer medicines or allow children to bring medicines
into school. Exceptions include medication for the treatment of Asthma,
Diabetes, Epilepsy and severe allergies which may result in Anaphylaxis- if you
are in any doubt please ask the Head teacher. When necessary suncreams may
be sent with your child and they will be expected to apply it themselves as staff
are not allowed to do so.
During the school day all visitors, including parents are asked to report to the
office. All visitors sign in and wear labelled passes. All external doors are locked
and only staff should open them to visitors- please do not ask children to open
them for you, a member of staff will never be far behind. At the end of the
school day teachers will only release a child from the classroom when the child is
collected by a parent or representative- please write on the list in the classroom
or ring school in advance if someone different is collecting your child.
The Governors elect the Chairperson, Vice-Chair and the co-opted members. The
parents, the teaching and non-teaching staff vote each for their
representatives. The term of office for each Governor is usually four years.
If you have a concern that cannot be resolved by the staff or the school, that
you wish to have raised at the Governing body meeting, then contact one of the
The full Governing body meets once each term unless there are matters which
require an extra meeting to be called.
The school has full delegation of it‟s budget and works closely with the
Governing Body in the development and monitoring of the school.
Walk to school
If you do drive to school please be considerate of our neighbours at the start
and end of the school day and for your child‟s safety do not park on the zig zag
markings. The roads around school become terribly congested- please walk part
or all of your journey to school- you‟ll feel so much better for it!
THE FOUNDATION STAGE
The Foundation Key Stage applies to children from three years of age to the
end of the academic year that they are five. In the Foundation Key Stage there
are six areas of learning called Early Learning Goals:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional development, including dispositions and
attitudes, self-confidence and self esteem, making relationships, behaviour
and self-control, self-care, and sense of community.
2. Communication, Language and Literacy, including language for
communication, language for thinking, sounds and letters, reading, writing
3. Mathematical development, including numbers as labels and for counting,
calculating shape space and measures.
4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World, including exploration and
investigation, designing and making skills, information and communication
technology, a sense of time, a sense of place, cultures and beliefs.
5. Physical development, including skills in movement, sense of space, health
and bodily awareness, using tools and equipment.
6. Creative development, including exploring media and materials, music,
imagination and responding, expressing and communicating ideas.
Throughout the year we hold Curriculum evenings for our parents to explain the
Foundation Stage Curriculum, teaching strategies and how parents can support
KEY STAGE 1
This stage begins for all children at the beginning of Year 1. All schools
providing for Key Stage 1 are required to teach a broad and balanced curriculum
including the ten National Curriculum subjects and Religious Education.
The ten National Curriculum subjects are:
Information Communication Technology Physical
As part of the curriculum we also aim:
a) to promote the social, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical
development of the pupils, and therefore have a Personal, Social, Health
Education curriculum including citizenship. (P.S.H.E.)
b) to prepare the children for the next stage of their educational
development for opportunities, responsibilities and experience.
Throughout the year we hold Curriculum evenings for our parents to explain the
Key Stage 1 Curriculum, teaching strategies and how parents can support their
KEY STAGE 1 NATIONAL CURRICULUM SUBJECTS
Literacy and English
Pupils develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. They learn to
speak confidently and to listen to what others have to say thus enabling them to
express themselves creatively and imaginatively.
Pupils‟ interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read
confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they
fit into whole texts. As their love of books, stories and poems develop they can
explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.
Children‟s handwriting skills are taught in a systematic way throughout school,
beginning with pattern work and mark making activities. A cursive script with
the same entry point for each letter of the alphabet is taught from Foundation
1. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and
spell and punctuate correctly.
We ask that parents read to and with their children, answer their questions and
talk to them about everyday happenings.
Each class room has a class library and the whole school has a reference library
in the entrance hall. Books of different genre are available with a wide variety
of texts and range of ability.
Numeracy and Maths
The National Numeracy Strategy is firmly in place at Bramley Sunnyside. The
teachers and staff encourage children to develop their mental strategies during
maths lessons, by using practical apparatus progressing from mental methods to
written methods. Children are encouraged to develop problem solving techniques
and reasoning skills applying their mathematical knowledge to everyday tasks and
problems. Discussion plays an important role in learning and is always built into
the daily maths lesson. It is also necessary to understand that the emphasis for
5 – 9 year olds is more on mental work and somewhat less on recorded work, i.e.
doing rows and rows of „sums‟.
Learning is focused on individual pupil needs and abilities making learning an
enjoyable and challenging experience encouraging children to become numerate
Science at Bramley Sunnyside will enable all children from the time they enter
school to develop an understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Science is about children asking questions about the real world and finding the
answer through first hand experiences.
Science will also be integrated into all other areas of the curriculum.
Opportunities for promoting science investigations, discovery and experiences
will be taken at all times. Science has a very important place in the curriculum
and steps will be taken to ensure time is given to such exploration and to ensure
a steady progression in the skills and processes of scientific discovery.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Children are surrounded by Information Communication Technology in their
everyday life from mobile phones and DVD‟s at home, to bar codes and cash
machines when they are out with the family.
Therefore, it is important that our children gain the appropriate skills,
knowledge and understanding to have the confidence and capability to use ICT
throughout their lives.
Within the Key Stage One Curriculum the children learn how to use a variety of
ICT equipment, which include computers, printers digital/video cameras,
programmable toys, microscopes and tape recorders. Our Interactive
Whiteboards and Computers in the classroom have also allowed ICT to continue
to promote teaching and learning across the curriculum to great effect.
All children have daily access to all of these electronic devices within their
classes. The use of ICT at Bramley Sunnyside is embedded into all other areas
of the curriculum to enhance learning.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an important part of the curriculum and prepares
children for living and working in a technological world, it provides many
opportunities for problem solving and flexible thinking – important life skills.
We aim to fire pupil‟s curiosity about the past in Bramley, Britain and the wider
world. Our children consider how the past influences the present, what past
societies were like, and how beliefs and cultures influenced peoples‟ actions.
The children learn about people‟s lives and lifestyles. They find out about
significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant
past. We teach the children to listen and respond to stories, to ask and answer
questions and learn how the past is different to the present.
We aim to provide a broad spectrum of experiences for all children. These will
include experiences within the school and beyond our boundaries. The children
will be encouraged to develop skills to make sense of their own and distant
locations and environments. We encourage the children to have enquiring minds,
to find out reasons for, and the effects of events beyond and within their
environment. We are working towards the children being aware and taking care
of their immediate environment and the wider world.
All children have the natural desire to play, run, jump, and dance. PE, as part of
the school curriculum, should channel these desires through a variety of
movement activities. The emphasis will be on gymnastics, games and dance to
provide a foundation of basic movements and understanding.
We aim to nurture a love of music. This involves developing many different
areas of experience for the children.
In the Foundation Stage, the children are encouraged to experiment with, and
explore, the musical instruments and use their voices to sing in a variety of
styles and situations, e.g. in class, in the hall assemblies, in performances and
celebrations, and in the „outdoor classroom‟. Music is also encouraged as a means
In Years 1 and 2 the children learn, rather more formally but through enjoyable
activities, about rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre and the structure of
music. In class lessons and assemblies the children learn about different
composers and the families of instruments.
Art and Design
We aim to develop children‟s creativity and imagination through providing art,
craft and design activities that relate to the children‟s own identity and
experiences. They will also study the natural and manmade objects and
materials with which they are familiar and the locality in which they live.
Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and
processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, and pattern
and texture to represent their own ideas and feelings. Children will focus on the
work of artists, craftspeople and designers by asking and answering questions
like “What is it like?” “What is it made from?” “How is it made?” “What do I
think and feel about it?”.
Religious Education – (which includes social, moral and spiritual education)
At Bramley Sunnyside the R.E. teaching and learning follows the requirements of
the Rotherham Agreed Syllabus. We aim to develop the spiritual, moral, social
and cultural awareness of all our children, encouraging them to become aware of
the needs of others and to reflect on themselves as members of our school
family and as part of the wider community.
Our objective is that the children will take away something from the “rich
storehouse” of religious traditions having learnt about some aspects of
(Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of Religious
Education and should put this in writing to the Headteacher. Children will be
provided with other activities during the withdrawal period).
At this stage this clearly is an area for family responsibility and no explicit
teaching is given in school. Young children vary considerably in their experience
and levels of understanding and their questions often indicate what kind of
information they need. We do recommend that parents respond simply and
honestly when their child expresses interest at home as we will in school.
Personal, Social and Health Education including Citizenship(PSHE)
Whilst P.S.H.E. and Citizenship is non-statutory, we see it as an important part
of our school curriculum. Children grow up in a complex and ever fast changing
world and are exposed to an increasing range of influences. The school and its
curriculum aim to build on and complement the learning that has already started
at home, in relation to moral values, attitudes and awareness of society. We aim
to work in partnership with parents/carers in developing children personally and
emotionally and as young citizens.
The School Council was introduced to develop feelings of citizenship and to
involve all children to some extent in the running of the school. Regular
meetings are held by the council with our P.S.H.E. and Citizenship co-ordinator.
Children with Special Educational Needs
It is the aim of the school to meet the individual needs of each child. Sometimes
children will need the special help provided by experts outside the school staff.
We may need the help of the Speech Therapist, School Doctor, School
Psychologists or Support Teacher. These people are called to advise, help,
support and assist both teachers and parents when a child is experiencing a
particular need or problem. Parents are informed and involved in this process.
Special Educational Needs Policy
The school has adopted the three stages as laid down in the revised Code of
practice, which came into effect in January 2002. Parents are consulted at
every stage and no action will be taken without parental permission.
A child is identified as having particular difficulties.
The class teacher will consult both parents and the SENCO and an Individual
education plan is drawn up to target the needs of the child.
School action Plus
Further advise is sought from outside agencies such as the Learning Support
Services, Educational Psychology Service and the Language Therapy Service. An
Individual Education Plan will be drawn up and specialist assessments may take
Statement of Special Educational Needs
Following a request from the school or other agencies the LA will consider
whether or not to carry out a stability assessment of the child. A statement
may then be issued by the LA who will decide upon the nature of levels of
provision to be made.