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Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 

In the foundation phase, we focus on enhancing the foundational skills (such as fine and gross motor, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication) which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, aesthetic environment where the learners are able to flourish and acquire a love for learning that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; the emphasis is less on competitiveness and more on individual achievement. We create opportunities for personal growth with regards to independence and responsibility so that learners are able to acquire these skills and responsibility to be accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase. We also develop citizenship and character building. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy  
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

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


Language and literacy 

English home language and Afrikaans first additional language. 

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



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



Life Skills 

Skills from a variety of learning areas will be included under Life Skills. We also have a special caring hearts period to enable our educators to bond with learners on a more personal level.