What Is It?
An international programme of pedagogical innovation for primary education that fundamentally consists of approaching the learning process from a different direction. The Sunrise educational programme is based on competences and multiple intelligence. We do not change the content but we do change the way that content is taught.
1. Integral Formation
Harmonious balance is sought between the four formation areas (human, spiritual, intellectual and apostolic) in the belief that any action by our pupils involves all of these areas to one extent or another.
Furthermore, a range of specific formative resources has been developed that are all interconnected: Programme of Catholic Formation, Formation in Virtues, Social Participation and Formation for Love.
2. Skill-based Learning
We seek to prepare young people who are ready for life, capable of performing effectively in any situation. To that end, it is necessary to develop the skills and attitudes in children that they will need to perform both personally and socially, as well as the learning of knowledge. This is what we call “skill-based working”.
In this regard, the SUNRISE Method perfectly encompasses and goes beyond the idea of skills established by the current Spanish Constitutional Law on Education (LOMCE). The LOMCE defines the ‘what’ while the SUNRISE Method explains the ‘how’.
3. Emphasis on Strategic Learning
Learning to learn. The teacher takes part in the formation of pupils as a mediator and facilitator, providing pupils with the tools they need for self-learning. Pupils become the active protagonists of their own learning experience.
The fundamental learning strategies on which we base ourselves are:
- Problem-based learning
- Cooperative learning
- Research projects
- Strategies and thinking-based learning
4. Learning Environments
Assessment tools to assess learning objectives (tests, activities and evaluation exams) and also and most importantly, the learning process (portfolios, self and co-assessment, learning rubrics and metacognitive stages.
Mathematics: EntusiasMAT and OnMat
EntusiasMAT is a program that works on mathematical concepts from an early age to help children to become familiar with mathematical concepts and to facilitate learning.
A correct brain organization at an early age influences the most elementary learning processes in a very beneficial way for the students and allows the prevention future difficulties. Therefore, EntusiasMAT’s early stimulation program not only stimulates but structures the mind, so that it facilitates the understanding of future learning.
ORGANIZATION AND CYCLICAL STRUCTURE
The organization and structure of the material allows us to internalize different mathematical concepts such as natural, decimal, integer, rational numbers; the metric system; functions and graphs; geometry; solving problems; probability, statistics and estimation immediately from very early ages.
Therefore, all these concepts that have been introduced from the beginning, are repeated, always present and adapted to the maturation level of each age. EntusiasMAT allows children to return to concepts that have been worked on again and again throughout the educational process with new activities and strategies. In this way, students become familiar with mathematical contents that, sooner or later, they should know and understand in a more close, meaningful and real way.
All this has repercussions on the student’s good neurological development and favors the organization and mental structure.
Thus, when the student in the future must learn a concept which is in principle complex, they do not find it difficult since they have worked continuously, gradually and in a variety of significant situations that facilitate their understanding and application. This type of methodological proposal facilitates the best observation of the progress, since it allows children to put into practice their problem solving abilities or to create products in different contexts.