Foundation Phase - Grade 1 to Grade 3
This phase provides education to learners from Grade 1 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 R, 1, 2 and 3).
Each classroom has its own projector and wifi access which enhance the lessons presented.
Under the innovative and creative guidance of professionally-qualified teachers, the CAPS curriculum 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 ensure the development of reading skills.
The Grade 2s are guided through their academic year by well-trained and professionally-qualified teachers. The CAPS curriculum is followed carefully and learners are, by the end of the Grade 2 year, 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. Regular visits to the well-equipped Media Centre ensures the development of reading skills.
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.
The CAPS curriculum continues to be implemented by equally dedicated and professionally-qualified teachers. A learner-centred, skills-based programme enables Grade 3 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.
A compulsory homework programme forms an integral part of the learner’s academic experience and is used to reinforce work done in the classroom. It affords learners an opportunity to do controlled, self-study projects on their own. Homework is set for all grades from Monday to Thursday inclusive, and varies in form and amount from grade to grade. Homework given in the Foundation Phase consists predominantly of reading, spelling, bonds and tables.
The school arranges a number of academic and educational excursions each year for various grades and all learners from the particular grade are encouraged to participate in them. These outings usually take place during school hours but some tours extend over two or three days, requiring learners to spend time away from school and home.
The school is privileged to have a well-stocked Media Centre which is most certainly a very active part of the school. Most of the books, charts and items of interest in the Media Centre have been purchased through school fees. Learners are required to look after books with the greatest of care to avoid the unnecessary replacement thereof. The Media Centre houses an interactive Smart Board, whereby exciting lessons are presented from time-to-time.