Academics

Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3)

In the foundation phase, the focus is placed on the acquisition of skills, concepts and knowledge that are essential for further excellent learning. Curro Bankenveld offers a dynamic and invitational atmosphere where learners enjoy school and develop a love for learning Curro Bankenveld acknowledges the potential of each learner to reach their optimum ability and therefore less emphasis is placed on competitiveness and more on individual achievement. Curro Bankenveld creates opportunities for personal growth in independence and responsibility so that learners become accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase.

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are:

  • Home language (English or Afrikaans) and fisrt additional language (English or Afrikaans)
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills

Curro’s alignment with 21st century skills include:

Mathematics: The curriculum has been written with a learner-centric, problem-solving approach leading to an individualised, well-developed number concept in young learners. This will facilitate the successful learning of Mathematics as an abstract subject from Grade 4 to Grade 12.

Literacy: In this subject we have incorporated the latest global trend and matching learners to book levels and teaching guided reading and writing. This develops conceptual understanding at the learners’ own pace. Literacy skills are also taught using structured text types.

Life skills: We have added Robotics and Science to this subject as it involves design and a deep level of cognition, which underpins creativity in using software to programme their Lego educational toys. Collaboration is encouraged by working in pairs.