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Primary school

Foundation phase: Grade R to Grade 3

Grade R is the bridge from the tangible world to the world of symbols and numbers in Grade 1. Therefore, we focus on an integrated play-based programme that aims to develop the children’s phonological, literacy, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills in a fun way. Learners also benefit from specialised offerings such as Robotics and chess, which boost young learners’ creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In Grade 1 to Grade 3 we focus on teaching the basic skills, concepts and knowledge required for further learning. We offer a vibrant, invitational atmosphere where learners enjoy coming to school and where they acquire a love for learning that will sustain them throughout their school years. The three main learning areas are language, mathematics and life skills that include creative arts and physical education. Robotics focuses on strategic thinking and problem-solving, both vital for understanding Mathematics. All our subjects are based on group work which makes individual attention possible. We also create opportunities for personal growth so that learners can become personally responsible and accountable for their actions in the intermediate phase.

Learners can also choose between Afrikaans, isiZulu and Setswana as an additional language.

We also have a Group 5 (5 years old) class at our primary school, but since they follow the internally developed nursery school programme, the offering is included on Curro Castle Thatchfield’s webpage.


Intermediate phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) and Grade 7

In these grades, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations, but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. We prepare them for high school by teaching them how to apply the skills and concepts they have learned. We also promote creativity and critical thinking by encouraging children to make their own choices within well-established boundaries.

Learners from Grade 5 onwards use tablets in the classrooms rather than textbooks, depending on the subject. This further helps to prepare learners for the ever-changing realities of university and the workplace of the future. Some of our specialised subjects include Robotics (Grades 4 to 6), Technology (Grade 7), Information Technology and Economic and Management Sciences. Learners may also choose between Afrikaans, isiZulu or Setswana as an additional language.

View more on Curro Thatchfield’s primary school offering on our fact sheet.


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