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 intersen phase.
The three main learning areas in the foundation phase are:
- Language and literacy
- Life Skills
Perceptual development forms an integral part of all learning in the foundation phase, and includes a KDA programme, phonics awareness programme, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics lessons and 21st century learning form part of the curriculum.
Additional information on the foundation phase
- Participation in all sports offered at the school
- Reading programme followed intensively
- Eisteddfod participation
- Participation in the annual countrywide Junior Olympiad (Conquesta)
- Continuous assessment in all subjects
- Cross assessment in all grades to ensure a high standard of education
- Parent meetings three times a year to discuss progress of learners
- A formal progress report to show parents the criteria achieved during the term
- An Evening of Excellence function at which EVERY learner receives recognition for the work done during the academic year, and recognition for sports and cultural achievements
- IT classes once a week that are integrated with the curriculum
- Outings to various educational places that integrate with themes covered in class
- KDA once a week to develop motor skills and the general physical development of learners
- Learner discussions twice a year
- Group meetings with therapists
- Art club (Grades 2 and 3)
Progression and promotion
Curro Durbanville follows the national curriculum, which has once again been revised and is now known as CAPS. We have also added a Curro curriculum to the national curriculum in order to expand the scope of learning.
At the end of each year the executive head and the operational head together discuss all promotions from Group 5 to Grade 6. Discussions are also held with educators where necessary.
All the promotions of Grade R to Grade 6 learners in the primary school are done in accordance with the national curriculum document.
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.
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.