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Our Approach to Education

Aim Higher, Achieve Better

Academy of Excellence is committed to excellence in education.

Academy of Excellence follows the revised New National Curriculum Statement and the Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPS).

CAPS states the importance of critical thinking, although CAPS is mostly an instructive syllabus, learners must recall content, which forms the base of assessment. CAPS also gives clear guidance of assessments to assess the learner’s ability of the work done in the classroom.

We have a register/home class teaching approach from grades RR – 3. From grades 4 – 6, we do subject teaching, although each class still has a home/register class.

We want our learners to become self-reliant and multi-skilled, whilst developing their sense of uniqueness.

Learning Content

We take a holistic perspective in the overall and unique development of each learner. We focus on the five pillars of development which includes: cognitive, perceptual, gross and fine motor and social-emotional skills. This forms the basis of school readiness. We are focused and determined to bridge the gap between pre-school and preparation for Grade 1.

We use CAPS as our curriculum basis and enhance learning by using themes prescribed by the Department of Education.

We follow a daily program which plays a crucial role in guiding learners from self-directed play, to formal activities. This is vital for learners to adapt to formal schooling, successfully.

We believe that pre-primary learners learn mainly through play. Therefore, by focusing on all these important facets of development, we create an environment where optimal development takes place and create a solid foundation for formal schooling.

Caps Curriculum

Learning Area
English Home Language
Sesotho First Additional Language
Afrikaans Second Additional Language
Mathematics
Life Skills

Caps Curriculum

Learning Area
English Home Language
Afrikaans First Additional Language
Mathematics
Natural Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Life Skills

Subjects

In Pre-Primary we teach our learners how to handle books. Educators makes the characters in the books, come alive, and that creates a love for books among our learners. Learners are taught letters, sound, blending of familiar words and rhyming. They are also taught how to recognise familiar words.

In the Foundation Phase, learners build on their English skills learned at Pre-Primary. They are taught to recognise, read and spell words. Reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading material. They begin to understand stories and characters, which in turn, ignites a love for books and reading. We aim to improve the reading fluency of all learners.

Mathematics is taught every day. Time is given for a quick mental Maths every morning. Our Maths teachers foster a love for mathematics by making lessons not only easily understandable, but also fun.

Comprises of Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Physical and Social Well-being.

All the different facets of Life Skills ensure we educate well-rounded learners to develop them holistically.

Learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our learners. Learning another language gives children a new perspective of the world. They begin to understand not only their own culture, but the cultures of other people as well. The choice of which language to teach is not as important as the fact the learners will learn a love for learning new languages.

Science and technology should excite learners. They must be encouraged to ask questions. They learn to question and discuss science based issues. It is not about the product, it is about the process of problem solving and innovation.

In Natural Science, they learn about the natural world around them. They also learn to understand the impact of human activity on the planet and how to be better citizens for the future.

This is the study of History and Geography.  History is important for learners to make sense of their world and their understanding of it.  They learn about the world around them.  It fires a curiosity about the past.  When learners have an understanding of the past, they are able to shape a vision for their future.

In Geography, they develop knowledge of places and environments throughout the world.  They get an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the class.

Language of Learning and Teaching

In a multilingual school like Academy of Excellence, learners must learn at least two languages. Which language to learn is not as important as the skill of learning a language.

From Grade R – 6, the language of instruction and learning is in English.  In Grades 1 – 3, English is taught as a Home Language, Sesotho as First Additional Language, and Afrikaans as a Second Additional Language. Grade 3 learners must be able to read well.  In Grade 4 – 6, the language of instruction is in English as Home Language and   Afrikaans is taught as a First Additional Language.

All teaching, exercises, and practical material are provided in English.  Teaching methods are adapted to promote listening and comprehension and verbal interaction to promote communication.

New learners who were not previously taught in English as a Home Language, will have to pass a baseline assessment on their age level before being accepted at Academy of Excellence.

We value and promote multilingualism.  We want to encourage children to be proud of their mother tongue/home language.

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