Foundation Phase :: Grade 1-3

The Foundation classes have busy, happy days that are filled with fun whilst the learner works and experiences the important and necessary skills for life and further learning.  Class numbers are kept to  manageable sizes enabling the teachers to give individual attention to pupils.

 

Four SUBJECTS are taught in the Foundation Phase, namely:

  1. English as LOLT (language of learning and teaching)
  2. Afrikaans as 1st Additional language
  3. Mathematics
  4. Life Skills which includes
  • Beginning Knowledge
  • Creative Arts (Visual Arts & Music)
  • Physical Education

 

  Computer Mastery and Media Skills are covered throughout the year as an additional subject.

 

SCHOLASTIC AND PERSONAL GROWTH EVALUATION is done through Continuous Assessment on an Outcomes Based Programme.   In 2012 The Foundation Phase introduced CAPS, Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement, where the learners are taught knowledge, skills and values.

 

HOMEWORK ROUTINE

Homework is of value to pupils of all ages as it helps them build on what they have already learnt in the classroom and prepares them for their next stage of learning.  It is also valuable for teachers as it helps them assess the progress of their pupils.  We ask that your daughter has a regular place and time for doing homework – written or revision.    Pupils in Grade 1 have a Collegiate homework diary in which homework for the day is recorded.   Grades 2 and 3 have homework books.   Parents are asked to sign the diary/file daily after homework has been completed and to use this as a means of communication with the class teacher.

 

LEARNING SUPPORT AND INTERVENTION

A Learning Support teacher is available to assist the girls who need extra tuition in Literacy or Numeracy.   Lessons take place during school hours.  Small groups are assisted at a time which affords the learner more individual attention.  In addition, we offer an Institution Learning Support Programme (ILSP) (extra lessons) after school, by the class teacher.   Learners who may require consolidation in either numeracy or literacy are encouraged to attend these after school sessions.

 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is a process of collecting, synthesizing and interpreting information to assist the teacher(s) in making decisions about the progress of the learner.   While both formal and informal assessment is used throughout the year, only the formal tasks are recorded for the purpose of progression to the next grade.    The Grades 1, 2 and 3 girls receive reports at the end of each term.   The report will provide a clear holistic picture of the learner’s achievement in the different Subjects.   Personal interviews between parents and teachers are encouraged, at convenient times, throughout the year over and above the first term and third term set interviews.