Senior Phase: gr.7-9
Learning is broken down into 4 areas: lecturing, memorising, active learning, and facilitated self-study.
Lecturing is not, according to studies (read the article here, or here), the ideal way of teaching. We use a combination of short classes and videos to introduce concepts and explain the work covered in textbooks.
Memorising: In all subjects, there are terms and concepts that simply needs to be memorised. We teach learners techniques to memorise facts, but it is their responsibility to spend time on this. We often quiz learners on facts and give them worksheets to help memory and recall.
Active learning: This is the fun part! We present workshops where learners do practical application, discussions, and tasks to help them understand and engage with the content. The structure of active learning workshops depends on the subject, but the aim is the same: learning through doing and having fun.
Self-study: In times between workshops and lectures learners do ‘self-study’ lessons giving them time to do plenty of exercises and past papers, allowing time to study as well as complete tasks. Facilitated self-study lessons develop skills in comprehension, reading, and study techniques and also teaches learners to be self-reliant and self-disciplined.
Gr.7-9 learners don’t have to be registered with a curriculum provider.
Please contact us if you are unsure of which to choose.
Most of our learners work through Impaq, however, we can work with any curriculum provider.
Classes start at 08.00 and end at 13.45.
Classes are usually 50 min long with a 5-10 min break between classes, and one 30 min break during the day.
We group learners together according to phase therefore we usually have Gr.7-9 in one group.
At Sandra's House, we don't like giving classes as lectures. The format of classes depends largely on the subject, but if you expect your child to sit in class with a teacher lecturing the entire day, this is not the place for you. Listening to lectures is a passive process and learners can easily get distracted. We prefer classes centred around active learning where learners are encouraged to engage with the material and solve problems with guidance from facilitators. As active learning tools we use projects, exercises from textbooks, past papers, watching and creating videos, and online software. This doesn't however mean that we don't give classes. Please see the next couple of questions for more detail on how subjects are taught.
A teaching class will be given twice or three times a week with learners doing exercises, past papers, and tasks for the rest of the week to practice the concepts taught. A teacher/tutor will be available to answer the learner's questions. Learners must do Maths for at least an hour each day.
Afrikaans and English teaching:
Our emphasis is on essay writing, vocabulary, reading, and literature. The prescribed literature will be used to improve vocabulary, have debates, and as essay topics (especially for second language learners). Learners are expected to read their prescribed literature books at home. If they do not do this, they will get behind in the entire language course. There will be a teaching class at least once a week, but learners will be expected to do language coursework on Google Classroom daily.
Three periods per day will be allocated to other subjects, for example: 3 periods Social Science on Monday, 3 periods NS on Tuesday, 3 periods EMS on Wednesday etc. These periods will be a combination of teaching and projects. We like teaching learners through projects so that they learn to do research, write research reports, and above all have fun!
Teachers / tutors / facilitators
Our teachers are not all qualified teachers. We hire people who have a passion for teaching; are capable of doing so with love and understanding and have experience working with kids. These values are more important to us than a certificate or degree. We train our teachers and monitor classes and progress closely.
We appreciate parents who are involved in their child's education. Studies have shown that learners with involved parents perform better at school. However, we completely understand parents don't always have the subject knowledge to assist with learning.
By being involved, we mean: Be aware of test and assignment dates, check that learners do homework, but most importantly: keep in contact with us. Whenever there is a concern, a missed school day, or a good achievement - we need to know. We can only deal with problems if we know they exist.
We want your child to be happy at Sandra's House, and we want them to perform to the best of their ability.
Learners have daily work to complete, most of which will be loaded on Google Classroom. Should learners not complete the work during class times, they will have to complete it at home. Chances are that learners will have homework daily. It is good for learners to have a schedule and we suggest that they have a set time for doing work at home. It is not possible for us from an admin point of view to inform parents of what homework their learners have. However, we will inform parents when work is not completed. Learners have to take responsibility for their own work.
The idea with project based learning is that all the work learners need to know for the term would be in their projects. Projects are guided with specific questions learners need to answer. If learners do all their projects, they will have all the work that would be in textbooks. With learners being on Google Classroom, we can post additional work and resources for their projects on there and the learners don't need textbooks. This way they don't have to forget books at the center or at home, lose them or carry plenty of books around. Although all the work that learners need will be on Google Classroom, or in their writing books, we know that some kids like having books to study from rather than notes. Learners are welcome to choose the curriculum package with textbooks, or ask us to recommend books that will help them. It is important to note that we will not be printing work out for learners that are on Google Classroom. Should learners want hard copies, they will have to print it themselves.
The only subjects in which textbooks are required are Afrikaans and English. For the Language sections, parents must purchase the book that we compiled.