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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. 

Our foundation phase at Curro Heritage House represents an energetic mix of young learners and enthusiastic and dedicated educators. It is here that the foundations of all learning are firmly rooted in a nurturing and loving school environment that caters and cares for each unique individual. Our staff attends numerous training sessions in order to maintain and foster professional development and growth. 

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. 

Curro Heritage House's alignment with 21st century skills includes:  

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • 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. 

Language and literacy 

Home language (English), first additional language (Afrikaans) and second additional language (isiZulu). 

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.

Mathematics 

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 are included such as personal and social well-being, 

beginning knowledge, robotics, art, drama, music and physical education. 

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.