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Curro Burgundy Primary School

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Curro Burgundy is an independent Curro School in Bothasig, Cape Town that provides high-quality, English-medium education for learners in Grade R and Grade 1, with higher grades phasing in. With small class sizes, dedicated teachers and an enhanced curriculum, we empower learners with 21st-century skills and knowledge to grow into high-performing, self-confident individuals who are ready to become the leaders of the future.  Alongside our mainstream offering, our assisted learning stream accommodates learners from Grade 1 who require additional support to achieve expected competencies in the core academic skills – literacy and numeracy – with the goal of reintegrating them in the mainstream environment within two to three years.

 

Foundation phase: Grade R and Grade 1 (higher grades phasing in)

With dedicated teachers and small class sizes, our foundation phase starts by providing the emotional and intellectual foundation required to handle the formal learning that starts in Grade 1. Through our enhanced curriculum, we then gradually develop learners’ 21st-century skills and knowledge in basic areas such as language (comprehension, speaking and listening), mathematics (counting and understanding numbers), and creative problem-solving in an environment where they enjoy coming to school. Learners are introduced to project-based learning and even benefit from being introduced to Robotics through Duplo Lego. As a Curro School, teaching takes place in English, but Afrikaans is offered as an additional language option.

Learners from Grade 1 who need additional support are accommodated in Curro Burgundy’s assisted learning stream.

See which subjects we offer on our fact sheet (see Downloads).

 

Assisted learning

Curro Burgundy offers high-quality assisted learning within the mainstream curriculum for learners from Grade 1. Our approach to specialised education is meant for learners who need additional support to achieve expected competencies in the core academic skills – literacy and numeracy. Our dedicated teachers build a close relationship with each learner, so that their unique educational needs can be accommodated.

We accommodate learners who have specific learning barriers such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), mild dyslexia and anxiety disorders, as well as children who cope better in a smaller classroom setup.

 

What is assisted learning?

Children learn in different ways and some may require assistance in developing increased competencies in reading and other fundamental processes, in order to perform to the best of their abilities and to develop 21st-century skills. Therefore, assisted learning provides high quality, immediate support to learners who need additional help in order to achieve the expected competencies in the core academic skills.

Assisted learning helps children who benefit from immediate support and smaller classrooms where they can get the support they need and not risk falling behind their classmates. Learners can still write the national matric exams with the necessary support and concessions provided by the Education Department and the school.

 

How does our assisted learning stream work?

Our learners follow the regular mainstream CAPS curriculum, but our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers and specialised therapists to build a personal relationship with each learner and help them in the classroom as needed. Thereby, we can accommodate each learner according to their unique mental or physical needs. We also arrange for additional one-on-one sessions in the remedial support centre when we notice that more in-depth assistance is needed.

Our classrooms are designed to promote concentration and serenity, while our daily school times and schedules remain consistent throughout the year. Thereby, we create a great sense of security for learners prone to emotional or routine-related needs.

We also minimise visual and tactile obstacles by considering the learning environment as a whole. Overhead lights are strategically placed, assessments are often printed on off-yellow paper rather than stark white paper, font sizes are often enlarged on assessments, and learners may apply for other assessment accommodations during exams.

 

What is the difference between assisted learning and remedial learning?

Remedial learning involves a tailored study path to address a learner’s specific difficulties and learners often remain in remedial learning throughout their school careers. Assisted learning, however, allows learners to gain immediate support while still following the traditional enhanced curriculum at our Curro School.

For learners to benefit from assisted learning, they need to be able to maintain the basics of the mainstream curriculum with the support provided by the school. Learners who are unable to do so, would benefit more from remedial learning than assisted learning.

 

How is assisted learning different from mainstream schooling?

Besides providing academic intervention, assisted learning offers a nurturing environment that helps learners to develop self-esteem and the life skills necessary to function in a mainstream society. Furthermore, learners gain access to assessment accommodations and other means of assistance that might not have been available at a mainstream school.

While teachers at mainstream schools care deeply and want to help learners who need assisted learning, they often don’t have the necessary skills or support system in place to do so. Therefore, teachers at assisted learning schools undergo a wide variety of training to ensure that they can support their learners as best possible.

 

Is assisted learning meant for learners with severe disabilities or impairments?

Assisted learning aims to reintegrate learners into mainstream environments. Therefore, it is not suitable for learners with high-intervention needs who are unable to manage in mainstream environments, such as severe physical disabilities, intellectual impairment or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Learners with severe disabilities or impairments would benefit more from remedial education or schools that specialise in providing specific intervention.

 

What are the benefits of having an assisted learning option?

  • Small class sizes (maximum 15)
  • In-house early intervention therapists and highly trained teachers
  • Personal attention from the teacher
  • Improved communication with peers
  • Fewer disruptions and more time for learning
  • Designed to promote concentration and serenity

 

On-site support team

Qualified early intervention professionals such as an occupational therapist, speech therapist and remedial therapist are conveniently based at our campus.

Quick Facts

Language

English

Grades

R and 1 (higher grades phasing in)

Class size

Controlled (max 15 for assisted learning)

Monthly fees

R4 200 (R4 000 for assisted learning)

Hours

08:00 – 13:00

Early drop-off time

06:30

Aftercare

Until 18:00

Assisted learning stream