Foundation phase academics Gr 1 – 3
HOD: Kerry van der Merwe
The foundation phase is where the skills of reading, writing and numeracy are truly taught and developed. Our aim is to develop the skills, concepts, attitudes and values that out learners will need for future independent learning. In this phase children learn to read and write, while in the next phase children read and write to learn.
We believe in a broad curriculum that develops the child holistically.
Our weekly curriculum includes:
Literacy (we utilise the THRASS programme)
Numeracy (we follow the Singapore Maths curriculum)
- Literacy (we utilise the Thrass programme)
- Numeracy (we follow the Singapore Maths curriculum)
- Life Skills
- Religious Education
- Media User Guidance (Gr 2 and Gr 3)
- Physical Education (swimming and gross motor skills)
- Computer Literacy
- Audiblox (Gr 1 and Gr 2)
Assessment reports are compiled three times a year and we encourage regular meetings with parents to ensure that each child is being encouraged to reach their full potential.
We also have a junior choir that participates in numerous festivals.
We follow an integrated day approach whereby every child in our phase is taught the skills required for the games of netball, hockey, soccer and cricket.
We regularly organise day trips to expose our learners to the “alternative” classroom. Examples of these are:
- Pretoria zoo
- Peoples Theatre in Johannesburg
- Willem Prinsloo Museum
- Sammy Marks Museum
- Witbank Nature Reserve
Our teachers are regularly involved in workshops that keep us in touch with new trends in education and develop us as teachers and individuals. This ensures that the product we offer is of the best.
We strive to have happy children who feel accepted and cared for.
ACADEMICS SENIOR PHASE (Gr 8 & 9)
HOD: Mrs Karla Scobbie
LEARNING AREAS & EDUCATORS:
- English First Language
- Afrikaans Second Language
- Technology & Design
- Natural Science
- Social Sciences
- Economic Management Sciences
- Life Orientation
- Arts & Culture
- Religious Education
Computers Gr 8 & 9
Each Gr 9 learner completes a portfolio for each learning area (subject). A learner’s portfolio is a compulsory collection of pieces of work which shows the learner, parents and teachers the progress and achievements of the learners during the year. The pieces of evidence in the portfolio will reflect that a variety of skills have been assessed using a variety of forms of assessment. Portfolios are sent away to be examined by outside moderators for fairness. After moderation, all the marks for all the portfolios are sent to the Department of Education.
Gold bars are awarded to and worn by pupils who have achieved an average of 75% or higher in the 9 main learning areas in the previous term at St Thomas Aquinas School.
MINIMUM PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
- Eng – 40%
- Afr – 40%
- Maths – 40%
- 4 other subjects – 40%
- remaining 3 subjects – 30%
IEB ASSESSMENTS COMPLETED IN GRADE 9
CTA (Common Task for Assessment). One CTA is completed per learning area. Part A is completed during term time. Part B is completed as an exam.
International Benchmark Testing (in English and Mathematics) is also done to ensure that learners obtain a qualification that remains globally competitive.
Core Skills Testing: these non-curriculum-based assessment tests help educators to identify weaknesses in the application of knowledge and skills.
Science Expo: All Grade 9 learners are required to take part in the EXPO, which is a scientific research task. Expo coordinator: Mrs Soal.