5 – 6 YEARS (GRADE-R)
Joy, optimally developed learners on the path to adulthood
We strive to: serve the community and to supply information regarding education, it’s needs, opportunities and challenges continually; offer a dynamic educational programme and teaching; offer effective recruiting, preparation and support to learners to ensure that they will develop into reasonable, independent adults who can take their rightful place in society.
- The maintenance and furthering of Christian norms and standards;
- To offer effective teaching in appropriate and prescribed subjects as stipulated by the syllabi;
- The creation of a culture of participation in the community with the accent of participation in management;
- The creation of opportunities to afford each learner the possibility to develop and grow optimally according to given talents and abilities;
- The provision of equal educational opportunities for all learners;
- The establishment of an educational partnership with all the role players;
- Joyful, optimally developed learners on the path to adulthood.
The Foundation Phase consists of a Grade R class, class in Grades 1 and up respectively. Each class size ranges not more than 24 pupils. The dedicated teachers in the Foundation Phase provide a warm, stimulating and dynamic teaching and learning environment. Our children are encouraged to explore, experiment, interact, think, reason and express their creative talents in order to reach their full academic potential. We emphasize the social skills of etiquette, friendship, courtesy, empathy, sharing, co-operation and justice.
The school is fortunate to have the services of Teaching Assistants in the Foundation Phase classes. Their valuable input includes assistance with administrative duties, group work and various other aspects of the teaching and learning situation.
SA Sign Language CAPS: Foundation Phase (Grade GR R, GR 1 and up)
National Curriculum Statements (NCS) Grades R – 12
The National Curriculum Statement GR R, GR 1 and up gives expression to the knowledge, skills and values worth learning in South African schools. This curriculum aims to ensure that children acquire and apply knowledge and skills in ways that are meaningful to their own lives. In this regard, the curriculum promotes knowledge in local contexts, while being sensitive to global imperatives.
The National Curriculum Statement GR R, GR 1 and up serves the purposes of:
- equipping learners: irrespective of their socio-economic background, race, gender, physical ability or intellectual ability, with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for self-fulfilment, and meaningful participation in society as citizens of a free country;
- providing access to higher education;
- facilitating the transition of learners from education institutions to the workplace; and
- providing employers with a sufficient profile of a learner’s competences.
The National Curriculum Statement GR R, GR 1 and up is based on the following principles:
- Social transformation: ensuring that the educational imbalances of the past are redressed, and that equal educational opportunities are provided for all sections of the population;
- Active and critical learning: encouraging an active and critical approach to learning, rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths;
- High knowledge and high skills: the minimum standards of knowledge and skills to be achieved at each grade are specified and set high, achievable standards in all subjects;
- Progression: content and context of each grade shows progression from simple to complex; ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE GR R, Gr 1, and up (CAPS 5)
- Human rights, inclusivity, environmental and social justice: infusing the principles and practices of social and environmental justice and human rights as defined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The National Curriculum Statement GR R, GR 1 and up is sensitive to issues of diversity such as poverty, inequality, race, gender, language, age, disability and other factors;
- Valuing indigenous knowledge systems: acknowledging the rich history and heritage of this country as important contributors to nurturing the values contained in the Constitution; and
- Credibility, quality and efficiency: providing an education that is comparable in quality, breadth and depth to those of other countries.
The National Curriculum Statement GR R, GR 1 and up aims to produce learners that are able to:
- identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking;
- work effectively as individuals and with others as members of a team;
- organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively;
- collect, analyses, organize and critically evaluate information;
- communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes;
- use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.