Foundation phase: Grade 1 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.
A very high standard of academic tuition takes top priority at Curro Langebaan. Learners are educated and equipped to be critical thinkers. Lateral thinking and the innovative application of skills are developed and encouraged through creative teaching methods.
Highly qualified educators at Curro Langebaan make it their goal to enable learners to develop to their full potential in the academic field. Curro Langebaan strives to prepare learners for a fast-changing world where they will be able to take their places after matric as worthy citizens of our country.
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 gross motor skills, sensory motor integration, perceptual motor skills and language development. Robotics lessons form part of the curriculum.
Further attributes within the phases that develop and stimulate learning:
- The curriculum is complemented during the year with content that will interest and motivate the learners
- Quarterly reports give parents precise feedback on the learners’ progress
- Continuous evaluation
- Educational outings allow learners to experience the themes that are discussed in class
- A stimulating environment in and out of the classroom promotes maximal learning
- Communication with parents about learners’ progress takes place on a regular basis
- Computer skills classes
- Market days to stimulate and develop the learners’ entrepreneurial 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.
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.