We understand that finding the right school place for your child is very important and we want to guide you through the process. We welcome visits to the school so that parents and carers can see what is special about Sulivan, meet our staff and pupils and understand our ethos.
Nursery places are offered by the school and admissions are decided by the Headteacher. We will be happy to advise you on how to apply, eligibility for additional provision (30 hours) and our top-up fees. Nursery class visits are scheduled on Monday mornings.
If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, they will be starting Reception in primary school from September 2020. The national closing date for applications was 15 January 2020 and the national offer date is 16 April 2020. Admissions to Reception are made via Hammersmith and Fulham Admissions
In year admissions
Some children join Sulivan from other schools, from schools elsewhere in the UK or from overseas during the school year. Please contact the school to visit but all application should be made directly to Hammersmith and Fulham School Admissions
Following the announcement by Gavin Williamson to close all schools at 3:30 pm Friday 20th March, Sulivan has closed until further notice and will follow the guidance of the Government on an ongoing basis. This is for all children, with the exception of vulnerable children and children of key and critical workers. The Government has stated clearly that if at all possible children of key workers should be kept at home as part of the social distancing policy. However, we remain open for children in those categories and in need of a place. School will be open from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and will run on a skeleton staff. All children have been given a Home Learning Resource and access to the school’s remote learning platform. Teachers will be communicating with the children regularly to remain in contact and send new challenges, ideas and support. Children who are eligible for Free School Meals have been offered a packed lunch service this week whilst we set up the system to provide food vouchers to support these families.
Our favourite characters burst out of their books last week and joined us at school to celebrate World Book Day. We saw Harry Potter, the Cat in the Hat, Gangster Granny, and Cinderella to name but a few! Everyone at Sulivan enjoyed a wonderful day of reading as we launched our Share a Million Stories challenge. The children shared reading with friends, teachers, parents and reading buddies from different year groups. We started to count the stories we have shared https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-million-stories/ on the World Book Day website. Keep watching our total rise! We wrote our own books with a friend, ran a Book Swap Shop, made a book treasure hunt around the school and talked about why reading is so important. We even made some reading promises to make sure we are all enjoying reading every day.
Cookery Club celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes, delicious toppings and sharing them together at our “family table” which was beautiful set by the children.
This term Cookery Club children have been learning to follow recipes and work co-cooperatively together to learn new cookery skills, measure, work as a team and bake delicious recipes. Each child has developed new skills and has impressed Miss Genochio enormously with their careful and considerate teamwork. They are encourage to be as independent as possible and take on roles in the team. These roles may be Director (reading the recipe), Supply Manager (selecting and collecting the correct ingredients), Chef team (measure, mix, roll, cut etc). Everyone joins in with the clearing up!
The Club is excited to be working towards a special community project which will be launched during our Community Week at the end of March.
Fox Class had a wonderful day at London Zoo, exploring the animal kingdom and learning about different animals from different places around the world. We watched the lion watching us, we joined the giraffe for lunch and we even spied a sloth in the rainforest. Seeing the penguins and watching them being fed by the zoo keeper was a highlight for all of us.
Spring Watch! Children have been in our nature garden and spotting lots of signs of the changing season this week. It was exciting to spot the first snowdrops and crocuses bursting up in the grass meadow bringing colour and interest to the winter garden. Garden School classes have been planting seeds bulbs and learning about what will grow in our kitchen garden this year. As well as using the greenhouse, we are making the most of every window sill, the light and warmth inside to grow our young seeds until they are ready to go outside.
On Tuesday 22nd January a team of Year 4 and Year 5 children took part in the Thomas’ Day School, Fulham Maths Challenge. They were delighted to come 3rd in competition and we were all very proud of their achievement in their first maths competition. The challenges covered a wide range of the maths curriculum. They worked co-operatively as a team and the pre-challenge excitement (and a small amount nerves) were soon replaced by a great sense of pride and enjoyment.
Miss Bradley said “The children really impressed me. The competition really allowed them to demonstrate their higher level maths skills and stretch them too! They showed a really positive attitude as a team and how resilient they are in new and competitive situations.”
We have begun 2020 by announcing a range of reading challenges across the school. Reading is central to our curriculum and at the heart of our school culture.
Every class has had a set of new books to have read aloud at story time and KS1 and Year 5 have started their reading challenge for home reading. KS1 children are taking part in a reading treasure hunt to read as many different types of books and authors at home. Year 5 children are challenged to read for at least 20 minutes a day at home, keep record of their minutes and count them up at the end of term. The challenges were announced at the class Stay and Read session this month where parents come to class to read with their child.
Parents have also been to class this month at our Reception and KS1 Raising Readers- How to develop reading for pleasure and understanding
Blank Levels Questioning
In March, we will be celebrating World Book Day and KS2 parents will be invited to a workshop Raising Readers- The importance of vocabulary and how to help your child. The workshop will be delivered in partnership with the school’s Speech and Language Therapist and follows on from the EYFS and KS1 workshop early this year Communication and Language- developing vocabulary – why and how?
Every child sings at Sulivan and 65% of KS2 play an instrument. This year’s Christmas concert promised to impressed and this is did with great success. A festive feast of music, singing and performing by our KS1 and KS2 children.
The children sang with confidence and filled our hall with joy and festive cheer. From the Christmas Medley sung in 4 parts, the jolly Rudolph song and the mind blowing Twelve Days of Christmas sung and played in 12 parts, it really was treat for us all.