Foundation Phase – Grades R,1,2,3

Importance of this phase

The Foundation Phase is an important phase concentrating on the development and mastering of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values.
A strong foundation assists learners to continue confidently throughout the other three phases in school.
CAPS is the required national curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Life Skills and Afrikaans. Eastern Languages also form part of our curriculum.

English

Listening, speaking phonics, spelling, reading, writing, comprehension, and creative writing are important elements of the English programme which prepares the learners to integrate the content of the total curriculum throughout the learner’s schooling.

Mathematics

The primary goal of the Foundation Phase is to prepare each learner to be mathematically confident. The learners are taught to master bonds, time tables, number operations and relationships, number patterns, shape, measurements and data handling.

Life Skills

Learners learn to understand themselves, the world and their place in it. They are encouraged to develop across a range of skills such as beginning knowledge – the environment, personal and social development – healthy living, creative arts, speech and drama, physical education and music.

Assessments, Tests and external exams

  • All learners write continuous assessments and examinations.
  • The results are then accumulated and used towards their end of term results.
  • Learners are also given an opportunity to write external assessments e.g. The Challenga and National Olympiads.
  • Learners from Grades 1-3 write the Annual National Assessment as well.

Promotional Requirements

The end of year promotion marks is comprised of a 50% SBA and 50% final assessment mark.
Summary of the progression and level descriptors:

RATING CODE DESCRIPTION OF COMPETENCE
7 Outstanding Achievement
6 Meritorious Achievement
5 Substantial Achievement
4 Adequate Achievement
3 Moderate Achievement
2 Elementary Achievement
1 Not Achieved

Activities

Grade R- Speech & Poem Day

  • Creates a platform for public speaking.
  • Children memorize and perform songs and action rhymes.
  • This enables the learner to communicate confidently and effectively.

Grades R – 3

  • Art and Craft
  • Excursions – (theatre/zoo/Sci-Bono/Happy Acres, etc)
  • Annual Speech Contest
  • Pyjama Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Grandparents Tea Party Day
  • Speech & Drama (variety concerts/dance and movement)
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Support Programme

Extra Activities

Foundation Phase – Grades R, 1,2,3

Art

  • Art allows the learners to explore their imagination, while developing their artistic skills and creative talents.
  • Art assists learners to give expression to their feelings and understandings.
  • These form the basis for personal preference, selection, critical appreciation and hence choice in the aesthetic realm.
  • The Foundation Phase learners are given opportunities to enter many art competitions e.g. Mr Pritt, Bakers Art Competition.

Excursions

Excursions are important to all learners as it allows them to:

  • Explore different environments such as theatres, the zoo, farmyards etc.
  • To widen their general knowledge and vocabulary from personal experiences.
  • Fun and educational
  • Helps in career choices and teaches them rights and responsibilities.
  • Provides insight into and information of how companies or factories are run
  • Exposure for learners to different learning methods

Annual Speech Contest

  • Aim – To enhance and empower our children with good language skills that allow them to communicate effectively throughout their lives.
  • We believe that good communication is your passport to life thus, we encourage our learners to participate in our annual speech contest.
  • Internal – All children write a speech that is delivered to the class teacher. Children are selected from each class to participate in the internal speech contest-Foundation Phase. External adjudicators select the top three winners and the first position contestant then goes forward to compete against other schools in the zone.
  • External – Children in the top category then go on to a more challenging round as they meet up with their counterparts from other schools.
  • Their efforts are acknowledged and praised. Medals and certificates are handed out in our assembly to all participants in this most valuable facet of life.

Pyjama Day

  • Winter at our school lends itself to a number of outdoor activities.
  • The children are allowed to wear winter pyjamas to school, and to bring their favourite books to school or various storytelling resources e.g. CD’s or DVD’s.
  • To create a love for reading.

Picnic Day

  • The picnic day highlights the importance of nutrition and the environment.
  • To familiarize the Grade R learners with the schools external environment a picnic is undertaken yearly to encourage their expression of feelings, grace and courtesy to their class friends.

Grandparents Tea Party Day

  • This has become our annual event which is held in the third term.
  • This idea is for grandparents to spend special moments with their grandchildren and educators at school.
  • Every grandparent attending the function enjoys tea and a delicious spread of refreshments.
  • The highlight of the function is the dances and poems presented by the learners to their grandparents.

Speech & Drama

Students will be exposed to Drama, or “Acting”, through a very fun, comfortable and relaxed approach of teaching and learning. This ensure students’ feel ‘safe’ in their creative environment and gives them the freedom to fall in ‘love’ with this art-form. Once a passion is instilled in them for Drama, success and proper growth will be sure to follow.

In Drama, students learn by playing. They learn best by doing practical ‘hands on’ work. Students will be exposed to theatre work, through means of theatre exercises and games. An Actor’s ‘tools’ are his body, voice, imagination, his ability to improvise and most importantly his instinct. These theatre exercises and games will introduce the concept of realization and the use of their ‘Actor’s tools’ within the theatre environment.

Some of the main areas and skills which the students will develop and learn in are as follows:

  • Development of strong self-confidence.
  • Development of higher self-esteem.
  • Creative expression using our whole bodies(body language and body movement).
  • Artistic perception.
  • Sensory experience of imagination.
  • Activating imagination.
  • Vocal exercises (Projection and articulation).

Music

  • To enhance the school’s Hindu Ethos.
  • To promote our music and preserve our culture.
  • To develop the Indian Art form and to discover and promote the god given talent that children have.
  • To expose and educate our children about our rich culture and musical heritage.

Support Programme

  • To develop the skills and knowledge of learners who cannot grasp the basic concepts taught.
  • To motivate and build the confidence of the learners by working with them on a one to one basis.
  • To monitor the learner’s progress and give parents feedback on their child’s progress and the intervention programme implemented.
  • To improve the academic results of under – performing learners.