YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a taste of Nepal as they celebrated international links.
As part of Grangetown Primary School’s three-year partnership with Traibidya Shikchhya Sadan Primary School in Kathmandu, its headteacher, Sangeeta Shrestha, paid a visit to Sunderland.
The link between the two schools was set up via the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project and has proved very successful, with Sangeeta making her second visit to Wearside.
Two teachers from the Spelterworks Road school spent a week teaching at the Nepal school in 2012 and Grangetown’s headteacher, Les McAnaney spent a week there earlier this year. He said: “It was a pleasure to play host to Sangeeta. Our children loved the yoga sessions, and enjoyed cooking ‘momo’ – a traditional Nepali dish – a dumpling filled with mince and vegetables.
“Our children learned a lot about Nepal, and all of our Year 3 children now have a Nepali pen pal and have already exchanged letters.
“At Grangetown we take care to build an international perspective into our curriculum, as we feel that this broadens the children’s horizons and gives them an understanding of other cultures.
“Sangeeta taught our Year 1 children a Nepali song. Our music teacher has since practised it with the children, and next week we’ll film them singing it and send the video to Nepal.”
During her visit, Sangeeta was particularly keen to learn about Grangetown’s approach to phonics and music, and she also taught several lessons.
She said: “The Grangetown staff and children made me so welcome. I have lots of ideas to take back to my school in Nepal, especially around phonics, music, anti-bullying strategies and working with parents.”
The two schools have developed a series of joint curriculum projects, funded through the British Council, which have enabled the children to communicate with each other and to learn about each other’s lives. Mr McAnaney said: “One aspect of the latest project focuses on sharing traditional stories and the children will also be learning about fruits and vegetables from Nepal and the UK. Towards the end of this term, the children will send each other Christmas cards.”