Academic

ACADEMIC PHASES AND ASSESSMENT

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Foundation

The Beehive - Grade 1 - Grade 2 - Grade 3

This phase provides education to learners from Grade R to Grade 3.  Teachers meet on a weekly basis to assess, evaluate and conduct planning for the following week.  This enables them to cater for the needs of individual learners as well as a particular group of learners.

Annually, learners participate in three major events, namely, a Fun-Gala, a Fun-Sports Day and a Nativity Play.  Learners are also afforded an opportunity to exhibit their Art and Technology items at an Art Exhibition held towards the end of each academic year.

During the year, curriculum based excursions are undertaken by each Grade which prove to be very meaningful learning experiences.

Assessment in the Foundation Phase is based on a Continuous Assessment, conducted informally and formally, as per the CAPS curriculum. (For Grade 1, 2 and 3)

The Beehive

The Pre-primary facility comprises of classes for learners from 4-6 years.  They are taught by highly professional and dedicated teachers who aim to create a happy, exciting and educationally enriching environment.

This is achieved through age-appropriate, constructive play while the learners simultaneously acquire important social skills.  The carefully planned and relevant curriculum includes Fantasy and Sensopathic Play, Arts and Crafts, Woodwork and Music.  A structured School Readiness Programme is offered to all learners.

Physical development is performed daily through fun activities on the outdoor play equipment, Swimming and Physical Education lessons.

Regular visits to a well-equipped Media Centre allows for the early introduction to reading.

An Award Ceremony is held towards the end of the academic year where learner achievements are recognised on an individual basis.  A Nativity Play takes place on the same occasion and never fails to delight an appreciative audience.

Grade 1

Under the innovative and creative guidance of professionally qualified teachers, the National Curriculum Statement is followed.  Included in this programme are the three primary Learning Areas, namely Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills.  There is a strong emphasis on the development of important basic skills and all learner needs are constantly under review.

The school was chosen as a pilot school for the Incremental Introduction of African Languages, meaning that from Grade 1 and progressing year on year to a higher Grade, learners are taught in English as the Language of Instruction and then have Afrikaans and isiZulu as their First Additional Languages.

Assessment in the Foundation Phase is based on a Continuous Assessment, conducted informally.

Regular visits to the well-equipped Media Centre ensures the development of reading skills.

Grade 2

The Grade Two’s are guided through their academic year by well trained and professionally qualified teachers.  The National Curriculum Statement is followed carefully and learners by the end of the Grade 2 year, are well prepared to take on the challenges of their Grade 3 year.  A learner-centred approach ensures that each learner receives a relevant and stimulating learner programme.

Assessment in the Foundation Phase is based on a Continuous Assessment, conducted informally.

Afternoon activities are offered twice a week and take the form of Language Enrichment classes, a Ball-Skills Programme and during the first and fourth terms, swimming lessons.

Regular visits to the well-equipped Media Centre ensures the development of reading skills.

Grade 3

The National Curriculum Statement continues to be implemented by equally dedicated and professionally qualified teachers.  A learner-centred, skills based programme enables learners to apply their knowledge in new and innovative ways.

Afternoon activities are offered twice a week and take the form of Language and Mathematics Enrichment classes, Mini-Cricket, Mini-Soccer and swimming.

Assessment in the Foundation Phase is based on a Continuous Assessment, conducted informally.

Regular visits to the well-equipped Media-Centre ensures the development of reading skills.

Senior Primary

Intermediate - Senior

This Department spans over two phases.  The first being the Intermediate Phase which comprises of Grades 4, 5 and 6.  Grade 7 is the highest grade in the school and is also the first year of the second phase, namely the Senior Phase.  

Learners are evaluated on a continuous basis with all work done by learners being evaluated, either as an individual or as a group member.  Learners are exposed to a variety of learning experiences which include, but not limited to, group assignments, individual self-studies or research projects.  This is done with the intension that learners gain an insight and interest in a wide variety of skills.  To ensure that learners are comprehensively assessed and that every facet of their work is accommodated, the assessment programme consists of two components, namely, formal assessments and informal assessments.  The formal component includes tests that are written under examination conditions while the informal component includes results from class- and homework, weekly spelling tests, projects, self-studies, oral activities and any other self or group assignments.

Intermediate

Upon reaching Grade 4, learners are introduced to an expanded programme based on the National Curriculum Statement, encompassing three languages, with English being the Language of Instruction.  Afrikaans and isiZulu are offered as First Additional Languages, together with Mathematics, Natural and Social Science, and Life Orientation.  These learning areas are continued through to Grades 5 and 6 and into Grade7.

A wide range of learning experiences appeals to the variety of abilities and interests displayed by our learners.  The school’s well-stocked Media Centre is the source of much information.

Senior

During the Grade 7 year, learners are encouraged to become more independent in their approach to their school work, with the intension to prepare them for the challenges of high school.  Leadership skills are developed through them fulfilling their roles as term-leaders where they assist with the general discipline and functioning of the school.

LEARNERS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Learners with special educational needs (LSEN) are accommodated in a class of multi-grades. This class comprises of numbers smaller than main-stream classes, allowing for greater individual attention to be given to each learner, so that, his/her particular educational needs can be addressed within his/her individual ability.