Our pedagogy

In primary school, we will have 5 grades consisting of 2 groups each with about 20 pupils. When there are more than 20 pupils for a group, it naturally will be divided in 2 smaller groups and in our opinion we have to guide the pupils as one group, because of the social- and emotional training. Each school class group is like a member of the family and the family is the entire school including teachers, other members of the staff, the janitor and the cleaning staff.

Each group has a mentor/companion to attend to the group as a whole and each child individually. This mentor stays for 2 years with the group in the same classroom. (Maybe the group stays in the same room as a ‘home’ for 5 years.).
The mentor is responsible for the training of social and emotional skills, knowing each child personally and guiding him, giving remedial teaching when necessary and guide the pupils with most of their activities. The skills and knowledge of the mentor is different from a skilled teacher in special subjects.
Note: for instance: volunteers from England could be teaching the English language.

For our children, it is very difficult to study at home, because of the circumstances at home. When homework is needed, it has to be done at school. We propose a school day that starts at 9.30 and ends at 16.30 hrs so there will be enough time for school, a meal at teatime and homework in the school itself. Normally our children are helping at home and we want to see them playing with other children.

From grade 3 up of primary school the children also are given computer classes, not only to get information, but because we are living in the digital age and this technology will reach Nepal very quick. No business man or woman can do without it. To extend his or her business and in the industry of tourism computers are a must.

We can invite (foreign) volunteers with special knowledge for the running themes. Every volunteer must make a start working in the period before, so he or she has a working experience to get used to the school, the area and the country, and the children and the staff get acquainted with them.

SUBJECTS of TUITION, education and training:

Practical Life / personal development: These activities aim for independency and interdependency. And also: co-ordination and fine/gross motor skills.

Health: washing hands before and after eating, teeth brushing, good toilet behavior and hand washing, foot washing, eating healthy foods (e.g. a variety of vegetables during school lunch).

Sensorial Activities: These are designed to stimulate each of the senses and to develop the ability to make fine discrimination.

Nature: Children study plants and animals to foster a love for growing and living things.

Language and Literacy Activities: Early language experience is gained by encouraging children to talk about their experiences, listen to stories, read books and through participation in rhymes and songs.

Mathematical Activities: The Sapana method of teaching ensures children enjoy activities such as matching, grading and pairing. When the child’s interest in numbers has been developed through sensorial activities and sandpaper numbers he/she is introduced to more complex maths.

Cultural Activities: Children are encouraged to take an active interest in the world around them at all times e.g. the changing of the seasons, current affairs, personal news, other cultures e.t.c.

Art and Craft Activities: Children are free to express themselves through painting, drawing, crayoning, sticking and cutting.

Music and Movement: Singing, action rhymes and dancing are part of everyday life at Sapana School.

Physical Activities: All children are invited to join in with our physical activities. These include group games, child sports etc.