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.
Senior Phase (Grade 7-9)
The Home Language level provides for language proficiency that reflects the basic interpersonal communication skills required in social situations and the cognitive academic skills essential for learning across the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the teaching of the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at this language level. This level also provides learners with a literary, aesthetic and imaginative ability that will provide them with the ability to recreate, imagine, and empower their understanding of the world they live in. However, the emphasis and the weighting for listening and speaking from Grades 7 onwards are lower than those of the reading and writing skills.
Die Eerste Addisionele Taalvlak gaan van die standpunt uit dat leerders nie noodwendig enige kennis van die taal het wanneer hulle begin skoolgaan nie. Die fokus tydens die eerste skooljare is op die ontwikkeling van die leerders se vermoë om die taal te verstaan en te praat – basiese interpersoonlike kommunikasievaardighede.
In Graad 1, Graad 2 en Graad 3 begin leerders om geletterdheid te ontwikkel op grond van hulle mondelinge taalverwerwing. Hulle gebruik ook die geletterdheidsvaardighede wat hulle alreeds in die Huistaal geleer het. In die Intermediêre en Senior Fases gaan leerders voort om hul luister-, praat-, lees- en skryfvaardighede te verbeter. In hierdie stadium moet leerders meer blootstelling aan hul Eerste Addisionele Taal (Afrikaans) kry. Leerders word ook meer blootgestel aan Afrikaanse literêre tekste om hulle estetiese en verbeeldingsvermoë in die addisionele taal te ontwikkel.
Teen die tyd dat leerders in die Senior Fase kom, behoort hulle redelik bedrewe in hul Eerste Addisionele Taal te wees ten opsigte van sowel interpersoonlike as kognitiewe akademiese vaardighede. In werklikheid kan baie leerders in hierdie stadium egter steeds nie goed in hul addisionele taal kommunikeer nie. Die uitdaging in die Senior Fase is dus om hierdie leerders te ondersteun en om terselfdertyd ŉ kurrikulum te voorsien wat leerders in staat stel om aan die vereiste standaard van die volgende Fase te voldoen. Hierdie standaarde moet sodanig wees dat leerders hul addisionele taal op ’n hoë vlak kan gebruik om hulle voor te berei vir verdere of hoër onderwys of vir die wêreld van werk. Dit word dus aanbeveel dat, waar moontlik, die leerders in die Senior Fase in dieselfde tweeweeklikse siklus aan dieselfde konsepte in beide taalvlakke blootgestel word.
Mathematics is a language that makes use of symbols and notations to describe numerical, geometric and graphical relationships. It is a human activity that involves observing, representing and investigating patterns and quantitative relationships in physical and social phenomena and between mathematical objects themselves. It helps to develop mental processes that enhance logical and critical thinking, accuracy and problem-solving that will contribute in decision-making.
Natural Sciences at the Senior Phase level lays the basis of further studies in more specific Science disciplines, such as Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences or Agricultural Sciences. It prepares learners for active participation in a democratic society that values human rights and promotes responsibility towards the environment. Natural Sciences can also prepare learners for economic activity and self-expression.
The subject Economic and Management Sciences deals with the efficient and effective use of different types of private, public or collective resources to satisfy people’s needs and wants. It reflects critically on the impact of resource exploitation on the environment and on people. It also deals with effective management of scarce resources in order to maximise profit. Economic and Management Sciences is a practical subject that equips learners with real-life skills for personal development and the development of the community
Life Orientation is central to the holistic development of learners. It addresses skills, knowledge and values for the personal, social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of learners, and is concerned with the way in which these facets are interrelated. Life Orientation guides and prepares learners for life and its possibilities and equips them for meaningful and successful living in a rapidly changing and transforming society. The focus of Life Orientation is the development of self-in-society. It promotes self-motivation and teaches learners how to apply goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making strategies. These serve to facilitate individual growth as part of an effort to create a democratic society, a productive economy and an improved quality of life. Learners are guided to develop their full potential and are provided with opportunities to make informed choices regarding personal and environmental health, study opportunities and future careers. Life Orientation helps learners to develop beneficial social interactions, such as respecting others’ rights and values and promotes lifelong participation in recreation and physical activity.
Technology education was introduced into the South African curriculum in recognition of the need to produce engineers, technicians and artisans needed in modern society and the need to develop a technologically literate population for the modern world. The subject stimulates learners to be innovative and develops their creative and critical thinking skills. It teaches them to manage time and material resources effectively, provides opportunities for collaborative learning and nurtures teamwork. These skills provide a solid foundation for several FET subjects as well as for the world of work. In the educational context, Technology can be defined as: The use of knowledge, skills, values and resources to meet people’s needs and wants by developing practical solutions to problems, taking social and environmental factors into consideration.
The subject Creative Arts provides exposure to and study of a range of art forms including dance, drama, music and visual arts (including design and crafts) from Grade R to Grade 9. The main purpose of the subject Creative Arts is to develop learners as creative, imaginative individuals who appreciate the arts and who have the basic knowledge and skills to participate in arts activities and to prepare them for possible further study in the art forms of their choice in Further Education and Training (FET).
FET Phase (Grade 10-12)
By the time learners enter Grade 10, they should be reasonably proficient in their First Additional Language with regard to both interpersonal and cognitive academic skills. However, the reality is that many learners still cannot communicate well in their Additional Language at this stage. The challenge in Grades 10-12, therefore, is to provide support for these learners at the same time as providing a curriculum that enables learners to meet the standards required in Grade 12. These standards must be such that learners can use their Additional Language at a high level of proficiency to prepare them for further or higher education or the world of work.
Teen die tyd dat leerders in Graad 10 kom, behoort hulle redelik bedrewe in hul Eerste Addisionele Taal te wees ten opsigte van sowel interpersoonlike as kognitiewe akademiese vaardighede. In werklikheid kan baie leerders in hierdie stadium egter steeds nie goed in hul addisionele taal kommunikeer nie. Die uitdaging in Graad 10-12 is dus om hierdie leerders te ondersteun en om terselfdertyd ’n kurrikulum te voorsien wat leerders in staat stel om aan die vereiste standaard van Graad 12 te voldoen. Hierdie standaarde moet sodanig wees dat leerders hul addisionele taal op ’n hoë vlak kan gebruik om hulle voor te berei vir verdere of hoër onderwys of vir die wêreld van werk.
Puo ke sebediswa sa ho nahana le ho buisana. E boetse ke mokgwa o tlwaelehileng o sebediswang ke batho ho ananela ditso le makgabane, ho etsa hore lefatshe leo ba phelang ho lona e be le etsang moelelo. Ho ithuta ho sebedisa puo ka phethahalo ho etsa hore baithuti ba kgone ho fumana tsebo, ho itlhahisa seo ba leng sona, maikutlo le mehopolo, ho sebetsa mmoho le ba bang le ho laola lefatshe leo ba phelang ho lona. Hape e neha baithuti ditshwantsho tse ka mohopolong tse matla, tse sutsitseng, ba tsetetsweng ka botebo ka kelellong, mme tseo ba ka di sebedisang ho ntlafatsa lefatshe leo ba phelang ho lona, ba le etse hore le be molemo ho feta ka moo le leng ka teng. Ke ka puo moo re utlwahatswang ho fapafapana ha ditso, mme dikamano phedisanong di phethahatswa le ho botjwa ke puo, hape ke ka puo moo dikamano tsena di ka fetofetolwang, tsa atoloswa le ho ntlafatswa
Mathematics is a language that makes use of symbols and notations for describing numerical, geometric and graphical relationships. It is a human activity that involves observing, representing and investigating patterns and qualitative relationships in physical and social phenomena and between mathematical objects themselves. It helps to develop mental processes that enhance logical and critical thinking, accuracy and problem solving that will contribute in decision-making.Mathematical problem solving enables us to understand the world (physical, social and economic) around us, and, most of all, to teach us to think creatively.
The competencies developed through Mathematical Literacy allow individuals to make sense of, participate in and contribute to the twenty-first century world — a world characterised by numbers, numerically based arguments and data represented and misrepresented in a number of different ways. Such competencies include the ability to reason, make decisions, solve problems, manage resources, interpret information, schedule events and use and apply technology. Learners must be exposed to both mathematical content and real-life contexts to develop these competencies. Mathematical content is needed to make sense of real-life contexts; on the other hand, contexts determine the content that is needed. The subject Mathematical Literacy should enable the learner to become a self-managing person, a contributing worker and a participating citizen in a developing democracy. The teaching and learning of Mathematical Literacy should thus provide opportunities to analyse problems and devise ways to work mathematically in solving such problems. Opportunities to engage mathematically in this way will also assist learners to become astute consumers of the mathematics reflected in the media.
Geography is the study of human and physical environments. It is a subject that combines topics related to physical and human processes over space and time. With the use of Geography, we can better understand our complex world. There are many branches of study in Geography. For example, in Physical Geography, we examine natural processes and features, including the atmosphere, landforms and ecosystems. In Human Geography, we investigate the activities and impact of people on Earth. The concept that unifies Geography is space.All geographical phenomena have a spatial dimension and operate in a continuously changing environment.
Agricultural Sciences is the study of the relationship between soils, plants and animals in the production and processing of food, fibre, fuel and other agricultural commodities that have an economic, aesthetic and cultural value.
Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It addresses skills, knowledge, and values about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices. These include opportunities to engage in the development and practice of a variety of life skills to solve problems, to make informed decisions and choices and to take appropriate actions to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing society. It not only focuses on knowledge, but also emphasises the importance of the application of skills and values in real-life situations, participation in physical activity, community organisations and initiatives. Life Orientation is one of the four fundamental subjects required for the National Senior Certificate, which means that it is compulsory for all learners in Grades 10, 11 and 12. It is a unique subject in that it applies a holistic approach to the personal, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, motor and physical growth and development of learners. This encourages the development of a balanced and confident learner who can contribute to a just and democratic society, a productive economy and an improved quality of life for all.
Physical Sciences investigate physical and chemical phenomena. This is done through scientific inquiry, application of scientific models, theories and laws in order to explain and predict events in the physical environment. This subject also deals with society’s need to understand how the physical environment works in order to benefit from it and responsibly care for it. All scientific and technological knowledge, including Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), is used to address challenges facing society. Indigenous knowledge is knowledge that communities have held, used or are still using; this knowledge has been passed on through generations and has been a source of many innovations and developments including scientific developments. Some concepts found in Indigenous Knowledge Systems lend themselves to explanation using the scientific method while other concepts do not; this is still knowledge however.
The subject Business Studies deals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values critical for informed, productive, ethical and responsible participation in the formal and informal economic sectors. The subject encompasses business principles, theory and practice that underpin the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, sustainable enterprises and economic growth.
Life Sciences or biological sciences comprise the branches of science that involve the scientific study of life and organisms such as microorganisms, plants, and animals including human beings.
Tourism is the study of the activities, services and industries that deliver a travel experience to groups or individuals. It is the study of the expectations and behaviour of tourists, and the economic, social and environmental impact of tourism on South Africa