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Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade 1 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. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the junior primary phase, and includes gross motor skills, sensory motor integration, perceptual motor skills and language development. Computer skills, music, chess, art and technology lessons form part of the curriculum as well as time being allocated for environmental appreciation. 


Language and literacy 

Home language (English) and first additional language (Afrikaans or Sepedi) 

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. This subject also includes number concepts, practical application and Robotics.

Life Skills 

Personal and social well-being, physical education, music, arts and crafts. 

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