The Junior Primary curriculum aims to provide a sound educational foundation, using an integrated thematic approach, where educators facilitate active learning, supporting and guiding learners towards intellectual autonomy in a socially interactive environment.
Excursions are undertaken to enhance a “hands-on” learning experience. The South Coast offers a wide range of experiences and learners are taken on field trips that are linked to the class themes. We are able to visit the local fisheries, a banana farm, local beaches, a dairy farm, the snake-park and animal care centres. Our grade 3 learners spend the night and two days at “Teen Ranch” in Port Edward, which is an outdoor adventure centre where the learners experience a variety of challenging activities in order to develop their self-confidence, team work and leadership skills.
We recognize that the acquisition of skills relating to technology is paramount. Our learners have access to computers and iPads. The educators have access to state of the art technology with smartboard`s, projectors and sound equipment is installed in each classroom with an intraweb for communication, file access, network printers, Wi-Fi and high-speed fiber internet access in each classroom with a cutting-edge firewall to keep all internet traffic child-friendly.
Learners are actively involved in community projects to gain an understanding, empathy and awareness of the underprivileged, elderly, animal welfare and environmental issues.
Our playground has been designed to encourage pupils to develop their gross motor skills whilst having fun with their peers at break time. A lovely shaded area with hexagonal table and chair sets provide a comfortable area for learners to sit and eat their lunch. A variety of games are painted on the concrete slab. A netball post is available for learners to practise their goal shooting skills. There is a large jungle gym with swings. Learners are also able to practice their goal kicking and soccer skills on the grassed area.
Creative Thinking Skills
Drama, music, movement and art are largely incorporated into our school day. We aim to develop the learners’ creative thinking skills, interpreting abilities and presentation work in all of the art forms. We enter the annual Speech and Drama Festival (Speech and Drama Association of South Africa). We encourage our learners to enter the individual sections and we alternate in a 3 year cycle in entering either the choral verse section or presenting a Theme programme. In the years that we do not enter the Theme programme, we present a Junior Primary concert, involving all our learners. A Carols by Candlelight Service, with a Nativity play is also performed every 3 years.
We are most fortunate to have the South Coast Institute for Learning Development (SCILD) on our doorstep. Specialist therapists are available and work closely with the Creston College Educators to support those learners who have learning difficulties. Remedial support and extra tuition is offered to individuals in order to address any barriers to learning.
Our child-centred thematic approach seeks to develop children who can communicate effectively, solve problems, are confident, can work with others and who will have life skills to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The learners are encouraged to strive towards achieving to the best of their ability in a happy, safe and secure environment.
Different themes are used to foster knowledge, skills and values. Excursions are undertaken to enhance a “hands on” learning experience. Up-to-date computer training also forms an integral part of this phase. In addition, pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of extra-mural activities.
Children are actively involved in community projects to gain an understanding, empathy and awareness of the underprivileged, elderly, animal welfare and environmental issues. Our child-centred thematic approach seeks to develop children who can communicate effectively, can solve problems, who are confident, who can work with others and who will have life skills to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the Senior Primary Phase.
Science & Technology Club