8 Dana Street, Brackenfell, Cape Town, 7560
Grade R 5-6 Years

Grade R is the reception year before Grade 1. Grade R forms part of the Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3), which means that Grade 1 continuous to build on the knowledge and skills they already acquired in Grade R.

We follow the curriculum guidelines as set out in the Revised National Curriculum Statement (NCS) which is prescribed by the Department of Education. We also implement the National Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), which do not replace the NCS, but give clear guidelines on planning, pacing and progression, as well as assessment requirements. Our teachers attend CAPS workshops. Assessment and assessment tasks form part of this curriculum and it means that learners are continuously assessed in an ongoing process that measures their achievements and abilities. In the Foundation Phase ( Grades R-3) the 9 learning areas/subjects (Home Language, Additional Language, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economic and Management Science, Life Orientation, Social Science - Geography, Social Science – History, Technology) are divided into Literacy, Mathematical Skills and Life Skills and the learners are continuously assessed as they complete their themes.

A total of 4 hours and 30 minutes are allocated for teaching per day. Official school hours for the Grade R’s are therefore 08h00-12h30. At our school we catch up on any incomplete work or extra work in the afternoons. The word “outcome” means the end result of a learning area, which entails Skills, Knowledge, Attitude and Values.

Our whole child development programme in Grade R also focuses on informal, fun learning through active play. Children can choose their preferred activities, but are also encouraged to participate in specific activities in order to develop pre-determined skills. Activities are age- appropriate and sensory-based and designed to meet the child’s physical, mental, emotional social and intellectual needs. It is aimed to develop the full potential of each learner in order to create a lifelong student who is confident and multi-skilled. Progress reports are issued four times a year and an interim school readiness assessment is done in February.

Our aim is to get our Grade R’s as ready for Grade 1 as we possibly can. At our school we follow the NCS as well as CAPS, but we also offer our learners more than what is prescribed by the Department. Our aim is to make them as confident and prepared as possible, so that they can leave us as confident and as ready as they can possibly be for Grade 1.

The outcomes of Literacy are:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing
  • Thinking and Reasoning
  • Language structure and use
The outcomes of Mathematical Skills are:
  • Numbers, Operations and Relationships
  • Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  • Space and Shape
  • Measurement
  • Data Handling
The outcomes of Life Skills are:
  • Health Promotion
  • Social Development
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Development
Weekly times allocated for the above is as follows:
  • Literacy – 9 hours 10 min
    (109 min per day)
  • Mathematics – 7 hours 30 min
    (90 min per day)
  • Life Skills – 5 hours 50 min
    (70 min per day)
The outcomes of Language are:
  • Stories
  • Dramatisation
  • Books
  • Picture Reading
  • Picture Discussions
  • Perceptual Activities
  • News
  • Poems
  • Music/Songs
  • There Discussions
The outcomes of Mathematical Skills are:
  • Counting Rhymes
  • Songs and music activity
  • Perceptual Activities
  • Theme Discussions
  • Free Play
  • Routine
The outcomes of Life Skills are:
  • Human movement activity
  • Songs and music
  • Poems and rhymes
  • Theme Discussions
  • Birthdays
  • Routines
  • Free Play
Daily Programme
06:30 - 07:30
Arrival and Free Play Toilet Routine
07:30 - 07:45
Breakfast
08:00 - 08:25
Morning Ring Greetings, News, Bible Mathematics Register Weather, Days and Months
08:25 - 09:25
Mathematics Ring (mat) (20 Minutes) Counting Maths Topic – Practical Activities/demonstration Maths Activities – 5 Stations (40 Minutes)
09:25 - 09:35
Clean Up
09:35 - 09:55
Teacher-guided Class Activity Theme Discussion (20 Minutes)
09:55 - 10:35
Art Activities (40 Minutes)
10:35 - 10:45
Clean Up
10:45 - 11:00
Toilet Routine
11:00 - 11:15
Refreshments
11:15 - 11:35
Performing Art Of Physical Education (20 Minutes)
11:35 - 12:00
Outdoor Free Play
12:00 - 12:20
Home Language Shared Reading: Listen and Speech (20 Minutes) Reading and Phonics Word Sentence
12:20 - 12:50
Language Activities – 5 Stations (30 Minutes) Handwriting Visual and Auditory Perceptual Games
12:50 - 13:00
Home Language Listening Skills and Phonics Reading For Enjoyment
13:00 - 13:10
Toilet Routine
13:10 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 15:00
Outside Play
15:00 - 15:30
Snack Time
15:30 - 15:45
Toilet Routine
15:45 - 16:00
Storytelling
16:00 - 16:20
Free Play Inside Educational Games
16:20 - 17:00
Clean Faces
17:00 - 18:00
Departure
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Babies

Babies (3 months to 12 months)

A high ratio of staff to babies allows us to provide the personal level of attention that all babies demand at this stage. Our devoted baby caretakers attend annual Infant First Aid Courses, as well as training workshops. Prior to starting at the centre, the baby carer and manager will discuss with you your baby’s care plan. It is our intention to continue with the routine you have in place at home... read more

Wobblers

Wobblers (12-24 months)

Children usually spend about six months to a year in the Wobbler class. Language skills and social skills will develop as they explore their environment and interact with others. During this time, your baby will learn how to walk properly and become more co-ordinated. They will also be assisted to start eating independently. In our Wobbler class we use visual, physical and audio educational resources... read more

Toddlers

Toddlers (2-3 Years)

Children will graduate to the Toddler class at some point soon after they become steadier on their feet. In the Toddler class, we introduce more advanced equipment, arts and crafts and a daily plan of activities. This is a transitional time for your child and while in this class, you will see many changes. Your child’s vocabulary will increase and they will soon be able to form simple sentences... read more

Inbetweeners

Inbetweeners (3-4 Years)

Classes start at approximately three and a half years. Depending on the number of learners in this group, they are placed in more than one class, usually a 3-4 year old and a 4-5 year old class. As their confidence grows and children demonstrate skills in building relationships, activities in the Pre- Grade R classes are more structured with emphasis on holistic development... read more

Pre-Grade R

Pre- Grade R (4-5 Years)

Pre-Grade R starts at approximately three and a half years. Depending on the number of learners in this group, they are placed in more than one class, usually a 3-4 year old and a 4-5 year old class. As their confidence grows and children demonstrate skills in building relationships, activities in the Pre- Grade R classes are more structured with emphasis on holistic development... read more

Grade R

Grade R (5-6 Years)

Grade R is the reception year before Grade 1. Grade R forms part of the Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3), which means that Grade 1 continuous to build on the knowledge and skills they already acquired in Grade R... read more