Grade R (CAPS)
In accordance with the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement, these three key skills areas are assessed:
The language programme: is integrated into all the other subject areas. Many of the listening-and-speaking language skills develop within Mathematics and Life Skills programs, which is made up of subjects like Creative Arts, Personal and Social Wellbeing, Natural Sciences and Technology and the Social Sciences.
These are based on principles of integration, as well as play-based learning. The teacher’s role in developing this skill is one of a mediator rather than a facilitator. Thus, the teacher optimises incidental learning opportunities that arise spontaneously through a range of child-centred, as well as teacher-directed activities. Issues relating to development areas such as language and social, emotional and fine- and gross motor development presents naturally during the routines and activities of our Grade R daily schedule.
These five content areas make up the General Education and Training band:
Mathematics: It covers Numbers, Operations and Relationships, Patterns, Functions and Algebra, Spaces and Shapes, Measurement, Data Handling.
These are based on the principles of integration and play-based learning. Grade R Mathematics is in the form of emergent mathematics and is therefore not broken up into lesson times. The lesson weaves mathematics into the learner’s daily activities, although time is specifically set aside during the day for the teacher to focus exclusively on a mathematical activity so that the learner becomes aware of and develops the desired mathematical concepts and skills.
Life Skills Is central to the holistic, integrative development of learners, and covers the social, personal, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of learners. In the CAPS the subject of Life Skills in the Foundation Phase is divided into four study areas:
- Beginning Knowledge
- Personal and Social Wellbeing
- Creative Arts
- Physical Education
This is aimed at guiding and preparing learners for life and its possibilities, including equipping learners for meaningful and adaptive living in a rapidly changing society. The subject of Life Skills exposes learners to a range of knowledge, skills and values.
These strengthen their physical, social, personal, emotional and cognitive development; creative and aesthetic skills and knowledge by engaging in dance, music, drama and visual art activities; knowledge of personal health and safety; understanding of the relationship between people and the environment; and awareness of social relationships, technology processes and elementary science.
Pre-Grade R: National Curriculum Framework (NCF)
The South African NCF drives a holistic ECD vision which pays attention to the first 1000 days of your child’s life, which are the window period years for interventions and positively influencing their development. The aim is to lay the foundation for Grade R.
Our curriculum for early childhood development is about all the experiences your child will have in different settings, like: What children feel, do, hear and see. Therefore, we create Stimulating creative activities, problem solving activities, games using the imagination and language development.
Preschool: National Curriculum Framework (NCF)
From the age of 3years, children are gradually introduced to various activities that will enhance their physical, social and emotional, and mental development, in preparation for Grade “Pre-Grade R”.
There are six Early Learning and Developmental Areas (ELDAs) we focus on, namely;
- Identity and belonging
- Exploring Mathematics
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
The curriculum includes experiences that are planned for young children wherever they are being cared for and developed (teacher initiated), which are not planned like incidental learning or teachable moments and experiences created by the children themselves in order to make sense of their world.