In the Senior Preparatory Phase, we offer a dynamic academic programme under the framework of the CAPS Curriculum. We do, however, have the flexibility within our programme to develop creative and critical thinking skills, as we believe these to be key to our pupils’ development. As our pupils enter this Phase in Grade Four they encounter a more formalised educational environment; although they are taught by their homeroom teachers in a number of learning areas, they are taught other key subjects by specialist teachers (e.g. Afrikaans and isiZulu). In Grades 5 – 7 we are in the privileged position of being able to split our two homeroom classes into three streams for English and Mathematics, thus allowing more contact time between the teachers and pupils and more individualised attention in these core areas. In these Grades our pupils are fortunate to be taught by a number of subject specialists.
Our programme includes a variety of subjects: we expose our pupils to two additional languages, viz. Afrikaans and isiZulu from Grade 0 up until the end of Grade Six. Children are required to make a choice between these two languages at the start of their Grade Seven year. This is in order to increase their contact time in their chosen language in preparation for first additional language demands in High School. Other subjects on offer include Mathematics, Natural Sciences (Physical Science and Biology), Social Sciences (History and Geography), Life Skills (Life Orientation in Grade 7), Physical Education, Programming and ICT (Information, Communication Technology). Our Arts and Culture learning programme is used to develop our pupils’ inner, creative self through the Visual Arts and Music. Pupils are exposed to various genres in both of these programmes (pupils may attend private lessons in a variety of instruments in the afternoons). We extend the classroom beyond the walls of our property and our pupils are taken on excursions, theatre visits, and tours. Where possible we invite guest speakers into our lessons. Kyalami Prep recognises the need for our pupils to develop computer skills and these are taught during ICT lessons and integrated across all of the subjects on offer; thus keeping up with the latest trends in education. Age-appropriate digital exposure to computers and iPads is used to enhance learning in relevant class-based activities.
We have a bank of iPads which is used by the Grade 4 and 5 pupils, whilst our Grade 6 and 7 pupils have their own iPads, these are used in all lessons. The value of technology can never be underestimated as it enhances our teaching methods to ensure we reach the “screen generation”. In Mathematics we allocate time for our pupils to reinforce what has been covered during lessons and use the Mathletics Programme and in English we make use of Reading Eggs. We encourage our pupils to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, research and study skills. To this end, we have embraced the Thinking Schools approach. We have elected to adopt the TASC method and apply this across all phases of our school.
We run a formal Project Based Learning Week where the focus is on developing 21st Century Skills; our children produce amazing work during this time and we view this as an invaluable thinking, learning and growing experience. We believe in developing a Growth Mindset in our pupils, encouraging our children to learn from mistakes, “make a plan” and to become accountable for their actions. Grit and resilience are important life skills that we, as a team, focus on developing in our pupils. We strive to achieve academic excellence and monitor our progress by writing National and International Benchmarking Assessments. We also have a special needs centre, and children who require additional support either academically or emotionally are catered for. Our teachers take great interest in each child and build important relationships with their pupils - our small classes ensure that children receive personal attention. Staff regularly attend conferences, workshops, and courses in order to keep up with the latest educational developments. We are a happy school, committed to positive, educational experiences in the interests of productive, educational rigor. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.