The Junior Primary
“In the Junior Primary (6-9 years) the children place their belongings in their lockers and enter the classroom independently. They then begin their work cycle.
The Junior Primary concludes their work cycle at approximately 11h00. Their group discussion are held ad hoc.
There is an optional early drop off at 07h00.
The Green Environment’s school hours are 07h45 to 12h00 (18 months - 3 years).
The Orange Environment's school hours are from 07h45 to 12h30 (3-6 years).
The Junior Primary’s hours are from 07h00 to 13h30 (6-9 years)
There is an optional aftercare service until 16h30.
The school calendar is based on the three term independent school calendar. Slight variations may exist.
The school day
Our official school starting time is 7h45 but children may arrive at school from 07h00.
In the Orange environment (3-6 years )and Junior Primary (6-9 years) the children place their belongings in their lockers and enter the classroom independently. They then begin their work cycle.
In the Green environment (18 month -3 years) the children enter the classroom with their parents. They unpack their snack and water bottles and place their bags in their lockers. Initially they do so with their parents and a teacher but as the year progresses they learn to do so independently. They then begin their work cycle.
The children generally select work that ‘settles’ them into their school day. This is unique to each child.
One of the key components of the Montessori approach is the unlimited, undisturbed work cycle. This is the time when children utilize materials to achieve their learning potential.
Throughout the work cycle children select and carry out activities that have been presented to them and then return materials to their correct place. They do so independently. However, the directresses actively engage with the children throughout their work cycle. The directresses ensure that the classroom is free of disturbance and that constructive learning takes place daily for each child and in accordance with their learning needs and potential. They work across all areas of the classroom, namely practical life, sensorial, mathematical, language and cultural .
All individual apparatus is packed away and a group lesson takes place ‘on the ring’ at approximately 10h15 for the Orange environment (3-6 years) and slightly earlier for the Green environment (18 months -3 years). Facts are shared, presentations given and discussions are held on the theme of the week. The Junior Primary concludes their work cycle at approximately 11h00. Their group discussion are held ad hoc.
The children then eat snack together on tables outside. When they are finished their snack, the children play outside under the supervision of the directresses for approximately one hour.
After break time group activities take place. Please see the weekly routine for further information about each environments group activities.
Drama takes place on a Monday. Lessons are given by The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy as part of the curriculum. A group lesson of Life Orientation or cultural subjects also takes place.
Optional extramural: Swimming (half hour lessons throughout the morning, according to the termly timetable)
PE takes place in the form of games and associated skills takes place on a Tuesday. This is followed by isiZulu.
Optional extramural: Dance Mouse (half an hour, after snack time)
‘Show and tell’ takes place on a Wednesday. There are three to four Wednesdays per term that have set ‘show and tell’ topics known as ‘special show and tell’. On the other Wednesdays, children may bring any item of interest, with the exception of live animals and dangerous items. This is followed by Afrikaans.
Compulsory extramural: Computers with Brainy…
PE takes place in the form of Playball on a Thursday. This is followed by isiZulu.
Puzzles and games form are purposefully played on a Friday as part of the curriculum. Afrikaans takes place after break.
Learning within the work cycle takes place in English. Group Afrikaans lessons take place twice a week for thirty minutes each and are given by Kim Leech. Group isiZulu lessons take place twice a week for thirty minutes each and are given by Brenda Ncube. These are aimed at learning conversational language
Physical Education at the Junior Primary level sets the general foundation for further specialization. The two half hour session that take place each week, namely PE and Playball, aim to increase body control, awareness and refinement of movement in the general sense. They aim to cover specific skills such as hand-eye coordination, using a bat / stick / racket and ball, kicking throwing, catching. In this way different sports such as cricket, hockey, netball, soccer, tennis, basketball, athletics and so forth are introduced. They introduce concepts such as team work and competition, sportsmanship, aims of the games and so forth.
Music, Drama and the Arts
Although there are materials within the prepared environment that cover Music, Drama and the Arts these are areas that also require instruction and practical application. In light of this music, art, speech and drama lessons are incorporated in the curriculum.
Weekly drama lessons are given by the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.
In our digital age it is essential that children learn how to use computers and related technology efficiently. Later on, much learning takes place on computers and tablets. We outsource computer literacy to a reputable educator that provides each child with a computer or tablet in a weekly lesson. This is the only compulsory extramural that is funded by the parents.
There are optional extramurals available to the children at an additional cost. Currently, these are Dance Mouse and swimming with Aquativity.
Swimming with Swimsational at Aquativity
Half hour long Learn-to-Swim classes are offered year-round with a low three-to-one maximum student-to-teacher-ratio to ensure that the children receive the most patience, supervision and guidance. The attentive instructors are passionate about showing children just how fun it can be to learn a life skill that’s as important as swimming.
Aquativity pool is based nearby the school and a transport option is provided by Aquativity.
Website link: www.swimsational.co.za
The Dance Mouse syllabus is aimed at boys and girls. It introduces various dance forms with a focus on body conditioning and pilates techniques.
The primary aim is to encourage children to enjoy dance expression and to increase the passion and love of dance in South Africa. It allows the child technical training, spatial awareness, rhythm and exercise. It builds this through self-confidence and is fun.