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In the Classroom


Ukrainian School  "SUNFLOWER"

Ukrainian language. Drama. Play.

Ukrainian Sunday School "Sunflower" is an educational project of Irina Tymczyszyn, founded in 2017 and built on the basis of ten years of experience in organizing and teaching at the Ukrainian Sunday School "Ukrainian Circle".

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The summer term starts on
Sunday 21 April !

Pre-registration is essential


How we do it

Living outside Ukraine limits the opportunities to communicate in Ukrainian. For children, this almost always means daily communication in a foreign language, and, as a result, limited knowledge of Ukrainian. Often  children lose interest in using or learning their mother tongue. The only effective solution is to create an educational atmosphere where children are interested in going to a Ukrainian school, communicating with other children there and finding their own way to improve their knowledge of the Ukrainian language. We do not force children to learn what they do not like. We help them like it.  And it doesn't matter that it will happen for one child through the favourite fairytale, for another one - through a Christmas carol, and to another one - through having fun in a drama lesson. It is important that all of them will want to return to Ukrainian  school to learn something new.   And this is what matters most.

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In this academic year, we offer four classes:  

  - Ukrainian language 1. 2. 3. 4

- musical drama 

- learning through play

- PE and active play 

Ukrainian language 1 - for beginners aged 6-7, most of whom attended the class "Learning through play" last year and have a basic knowledge of the Ukrainian alphabet and writing most letters. Children will learn the Ukrainian alphabet through individual methods, selected according to the level of knowledge of each child's language, with elements of the game. Children will receive small homework and handouts. Class size - minimum 4 and maximum 12 people.  

Ukrainian language 2 - for children who are already fluent in the alphabet, but still not fluent in reading or writing, age group 7-9 years. This class aims to master the skills of free reading and writing. Handouts and textbooks are provided. Class size - minimum 4 and maximum 10 people.  

Ukrainian language 3 - for children who read and write in Ukrainian, but need to improve their grammar skills, reading skills and vocabulary. Age group - 8-12 years. Handouts are provided. Class size - at least 4 and up to 10 people.  

Ukrainian language 4 - for children who read and write well in Ukrainian, but need to improve their grammar skills, reading skills and vocabulary. Age group - 9-13 years. Handouts are provided. Class size - at least 4 and up to 10 people.  

Drama and musical theatre is a class for children aged 7-13, in which the students will create their own version of traditional Ukrainian Christmas vertep during the fall trimester, which will be performed on the big stage during the Ukrainian Christmas celebration at the end of the term.  

Learning through play is for children aged 3-5, the purpose of which is to learn letters and acquire basic skills of reading and writing through play in an informal and interesting environment. Children of this age are mostly still unable to concentrate on something for more than a few minutes, so this format is built with this factor in mind - children will be offered several different options for learning the letters, where each child will find something interesting! In each lesson, children will learn 1-2 letters of the Ukrainian alphabet, learn the skills to recognize letters visually, put them into words, reproduce them on paper or board, associate letters with words that begin with those letters (eg Ukrainian "A" - shark, angel, etc.), learn to distinguish between the Ukrainian and English alphabets and realize the existence of different languages and the ability to name things differently. 

The format is designed for children raised in different language environments (Ukrainian or mixed) and is designed for absolute beginners, so it will not be optimal for children who have already partially or completely mastered Ukrainian alphabet and showed a positive result from learning in a more formal environment. For such students. class Ukrainian 1 will suit better.

Given the specifics of the age group, the presence of parents or carers is allowed during classes - but our experience last year has shown that our youngest students do not need parents in the classroom!  

PE and active games is a format for children aged 4+ who love active games and sports. This is a great opportunity to learn Ukrainian active games under the guidance of a qualified coach from Ukraine. Class size - up to 10 people.

In all classes, existing students are registered as a matter of priority, and admission of new students is possible only if there are vacancies. 


"You can learn a foreign language in six years, but you have to learn your mother tongue all your life."

Francois Voltaire

How to find us

Because we live in a big city and our children often attend many different classes on the weekends, travel planning is very important. 
We teach at the Chislehurst Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst BR7 5LX. 
For parents  there is free parking. Direct trains from London Bridge station. The nearest train station  Chislehurst (5 zones). Buses stop around us  160, 162 and  273.
During lessons, parents can visit cafes and shops on Chislehurst High Street (Sainsburys, Cafe Nero, Costa Coffee) or go to the forest for mushrooms or take a walk around the picturesque lake, which is located right next to the school!



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