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Foundation phase

Foundation phase: Grade 1 to Grade 3 

The foundation phase at Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy is always buzzing with much excitement. Our educators are dedicated to ensuring that each and every young learner’s needs are met through helping them discover their greatness and then nurturing them to develop this greatness too. Our team of Christian, professional and enthusiastic educators are fully committed to their calling. The staff attend numerous training sessions to ensure that their professional growth is maintained. In addition, we offer a highly qualified learning support system for those who need it. Our learning programme provides a variety of opportunities for all types of learning to take place and the needs of each learner are met. The learners are happy, friendly and feel proud to be part of the Curro HCA family. 

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 create opportunities for personal 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. 

Spiritual programme 

A Christian lifestyle is the all-encompassing value system here at Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy. Our educators are the role models who demonstrate a lifestyle of ethics, integrity, discipline and love in the school programme. Learners are encouraged to find biblical solutions to contemporary challenges, to apply Godly wisdom and understanding to every circumstance, and to develop their natural talents in harmony with spiritual growth.

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are:  

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 

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

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 



Language and literacy

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

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. 

The learners go out on adventure trips and learn a variety of skills that may equip them for life. They attend one outdoor trip per term and Grade 3 has the awesome opportunity of sleeping out for a night.