Foundation Phase (Grade 1,2 & 3)
The Foundation Phase
The Foundation Phase (Grades 1, 2 and 3) provides a happy, nurturing environment where learning is facilitated in an atmosphere of love, understanding and guidance. Emphasis is placed on the holistic development of the child - learning to live comfortably with others, learning to master one’s feelings and express them safely, gaining self-esteem, welcoming new experiences and growing into a relationship with God. The children are encouraged to become independent and self confident members of our school community.
An integrated system is used to approach the theme based learning programme, as recommended in the latest CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement). Learners are involved in doing, thinking and discovering rather than passively receiving information. All Foundation Phase classes have an integrated white board system which is used on a daily basis to enhance and enrich teaching and learning.
In addition the students also participate in Physical Education, Information Technology where computer skills are developed through engaging educational programmes, Drama, Music and Library lessons with specialist teachers.
Each class is led by a fully qualified, experienced teacher and supported by a range of specialist teachers. We offer Academic support for pupils who require extra attention, as well as an Enrichment programme for pupils who enjoy an additional challenge.
We invite a variety of groups and educational performers to school. Fun activities are held during the year and a wide range of extramural activities is offered eg. recorder, computer club, chess, rhythmic gym, netball, hockey, swimming, mini-tennis, Drum Kidz, Semas and karate. Pupils are encouraged to participate in as many extramural activities as possible. Pupils also attend Mass on a regular basis and get to participate in the planning and preparation of a special Mass for the Foundation Phase at least twice a year.
As teachers we are fully aware that the first and most important influence in each child's life is the home. The school therefore encourages open communication with each pupil's parents.
Once a term, a special assembly is arranged for parents, led by a different grade, in which songs and poems learnt during the term are presented