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Primary School

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Primary School

Foundation phase (Grade R to Grade 3)

In the foundation phase we focus on the acquisition of skills, concepts and knowledge that are essential for superior learning. In this dynamic and inviting atmosphere, learners enjoy school and develop a love of learning.
 
Curro acknowledges the potential of each learner to reach their optimum level of ability and places emphasis on individual achievement. We create opportunities for personal growth in areas such as independence and responsibility.

Grade 3 learners undergo well-researched Literacy and Numeracy testing to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning in classrooms.

Learning areas

The three main learning areas are:

  • Languages  English first language and Afrikaans as an additional language.
  • Mathematics  mathematical concepts, number concept and practical application
  • Life Skills  skills from a variety of learning areas, including Music, Art, PE, Robotics and Chess, are included under Life Skills.


Also:

Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the foundation phase, and includes gross and fine motor skills, sensory motor integration skills, perceptual motor skills and language development.

Intermediate phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) 

Senior phase (Grade 7)

In the intermediate phase, the emphasis remains on establishing basic foundations, with learners moving into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a main focus, with the aim being to prepare learners for the senior phase in the high school.

We embrace 21st century learning by incorporating tablets into our classrooms. We currently raise children who are 'digital natives'. By embracing this innovative technology in our school we are speaking the language our children understand.

In the Intermediate Phase learners are introduced to all of the subjects. Those being:

  • English First Language
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Social Sciences (History and Geography)
  • Life Skills (Phys. Ed. , Music, Art and Personal and Social Well-being)


1. English First Language
We focus on building the learners’ current skills in the English Language. The learners work on their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills daily and this skill is vital for all other areas, as we are an English medium school.


2. Afrikaans First Additional Language
Afrikaans is taught as a second language. As with English, the learners work on understanding and improving their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Afrikaans daily.


3. Mathematics
Mathematics is taught daily and throughout the term various concepts are covered such as number work, measurement, data handling, shape and space etc. We strongly advise that Mathematics is revised on a daily basis at home. It is also very important that as daily homework your child revises their times tables as this is an essential skill for mastering the more complex concepts later on.


4. Natural Sciences and Technology
In Science we learn about life and living, matter and materials, energy and change and then we explore outer space. For Technology we work through the Robotics program, where the children learn about the design process, structures, systems and control, and how to do basic programming. Each term one grade runs through the Robotics program and we all take turns. Robotics covers the Technology section for the curriculum.


5. Social Sciences
Social Science consists of Geography and History together. They learn about the local area, map work, our history, farming and many more interesting topics.


6. Life Skills
Life Skills is made up of Physical Education, Music, Art and Personal and Social Well- being. Marks from all of these different subjects are collected to make up their final Life Skills mark, at the end of the term.

Senior phase (Grade 7 to 9)

 

In the Senior Phase, the learners have the same subjects, however, a few more are added and the time allocation is altered to accommodate those subjects. Those being:

7. Technology
In the Intermediate Phase this is part of Natural Sciences, but in the Senior Phase it is a separate subject with its own curriculum. They will learn about the design process, structure, electrical systems and Robotics. Learners will also work with the Da Vinci sets.

8. EMS (Economic and Management Sciences)
In this subject they learn about the economy, financial literacy and entrepreneurship etc.

9. Life Orientation and Creative Arts
In Life Orientation learners learn about development of self in society, world of work, constitutional rights and responsibilities as well as Health, Social and Environmental Responsibility. In Creative Arts, learners attend music and art lessons.