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Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3 

In the foundation phase, we focus on teaching the foundational skills, concepts and knowledge which are required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where the learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning, that will sustain them throughout their school years. We acknowledge the potential in each learner to reach optimum ability; therefore, there is less emphasis on competitiveness and more emphasis on individual achievement. We encourage opportunities for growth in independence and responsibility so that learners can take up the challenge of being personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase. 

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

Curro Serengeti’s alignment with 21st century skills includes:  

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

Fun activities 

  • Annual  family sizzling social 
  • Valentine’s Day celebrations 
  • Theme days 
  • Mass outings 
  • Parent-and-child evenings 
  • Cultural evenings 

Phase programme 

  • Participation in all sports offered at the school 
  • Reading programme followed intensively 
  • Eisteddfod participation  
  • Continuous assessment in all learning areas 
  • Cross-evaluation in all grades to ensure a high standard of education 
  • Enrichment activities for learners who excel in literacy and/or numeracy 
  • Parent meetings four times a year to discuss the progress of learners 
  • A formal progress report to show parents the assessment standards achieved during the term 
  • An end-of-year function at which EVERY learner receives recognition for the work done during the academic year 
  • IT classes once a week that are integrated with the curriculum 
  • Outings once a term to various educational places that integrate with the themes done in class 

Language and literacy

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 

We have added Robotics and Science to this subject as it involves design and a deep level of cognition, which underpins the learners’ creativity in using software to program their Lego educational toys. Collaboration is encouraged by allowing learners to work in pairs.