Introducing our newest campus: Struben House. Held in trust by the Cape Town Child Welfare Society, Struben House opened its doors to Early Years and Key Stage 1 in 2016.
Some say it’s comparable in size and splendour to Downton Abbey! The children love the classrooms—designed just for them—and the beautiful garden with its majestic 500-year-old yellowwood tree at its centre.
There are two classes in each year group, with class sizes ranging between 16-20 students.
Early years comprise of our Nursery and Reception classes. These years are all about balance. Our children begin to learn by becoming independent and doing things for themselves, by exploring, investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating. They will be challenged to ‘think out of the box’ and to solve problems for themselves.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The focus is on 3 prime learning areas and 4 specific learning areas.
The 3 prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The 4 specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts
We have specialist teachers who take the children for drama and music and we run a comprehensive gross motor program.
In addition, our teachers reflect on the different ways that the children are engaging with their learning:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Each child has an online learning journal and the parents travel on this journey with us and see all the weekly observations that the teacher makes about their child’s progress.
Nursery is open to children who are between the ages of 3 years 6 months and 4 years 6 months (in January in the year of admission). Here, we focus on the foundational skills necessary for students to progress to Reception, as well as the importance of play and friendship.
Reception is open to children between the ages of 4 years 6 months and 5 years 6 months. This is where we introduce more formal literacy and numeracy skills. At the end of Reception, students will be reading and writing!
KEY STAGE 1
Years 1 & 2
Key Stage 1 comprises our Year 1 and 2 classes. Your child has now left EYFS behind, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum.
There are 3 core areas of study:
Other areas of study:
- Integrated Studies (History and Geography)
- Physical Education
- Life Orientation
We feel that EQ is an important part of children’s learning and run a program called ‘Marvellous Me’. This program is underpinned by the key concepts of Kindness, Gratitude, and Respect.
Your child’s day may be a little more structured than it was in Reception and they may have to sit at a table for a little longer than they are used to, but they will still also be learning in a variety of ways; while moving, exploring outdoors, in groups, on the carpet or walking around the school!