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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. 

The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are: 

  • Language and literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills which focuses on personal, social and health promotionThis learning area also caters for music, computers, robotics, arts and culture 

As well as:

Robotics: Preparing our learners for the future! 

At Curro Nelspruit we strive to give our learners the best possible education. We have integrated robotics into the Natural Sciences curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and we also run a robotics club after school. 

Learners develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity and planning. Robotics also promotes logical thinking. 

The robotics club is for learners who wish to do more extensive robotics. Here they work in teams. We register teams for the Robotics Olympiads. At these Olympiads a specific problem is given to the learners. The learners need to program the robot to perform the movements in order to solve the problem. 

Robotics is educational, fun and an excellent 21st century learning tool. 

For more information, contact Adri Kruger. 

Further attributes within the phase that develop and stimulate learning include: 

  • The curriculum is complemented during the year with content that will interest and motivate the learners. 
  • Parents receive a formal report, which gives them feedback on the learner’s progress. 
  • Educational outings take place. 
  • Communication through parents’ evenings and individual interviews. 
  • A positive learning environment to promote maximum learning. 
  • Extramural activities. 
  • Eye and hearing assessments. 
  • Speech and occupational therapists as well as an educational psychologist are available on campus. 
  • Academic support during school hours. 

Reception phase (Grade R) 

  • We follow a curriculum based on a variety of interesting content and a stimulating environment inside and outside the classroom where the learners can develop to their full potential. 
  • School-readiness tests are compulsory. 
  • Eye and hearing assessments are carried out. 
  • Participation in the eisteddfod. 
  • Speech and occupational therapists as well as an educational psychologist are available on campus. 
  • Robotics. 
  • Reports and regular feedback on the learner's progress. 
  • Communication through parents’ evenings and individual interviews. 

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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.