This year there are two classes in Grade 00.
This is arguably the most exciting year of the children’s school career (according to the Grade 00 teachers). Grade 00 is the beginning of everything – the forming of skills that children will use all the way through their school life and beyond. These capable little people (3 turning 4) follow a curriculum that is theme-based and aimed at developing the whole child. Being a Catholic school we also include the Spiritual dimension of the child along with the Physical, Intellectual, Social and Emotional needs.
By using themes which change regularly, the children are introduced to a variety of basic concepts, new vocabulary as well as developing important pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-mathematical skills. Body concepts and awareness is re-enforced and lots of time is devoted to free-play, both indoors and outdoors in our lovely, well-equipped playground.
We teach and practise fine motor skills like tearing, rolling and sticking which develop the three-point grip used for writing, and strengthens the “writing muscles”. We develop visual memory skills that help with reading and remembering, by doing things like puzzles and playing memory games. We ignite the love of numbers and Mathematics by matching, sorting, learning about shapes and playing number games. Gross motor skills are also practised and the children hop, jump, climb, crawl and run. Music and movement form an important part of each day. In ‘Story Time’, we introduce the children to Literature, and help them develop their vocabulary, imagination and creativity.
Our Classrooms are all well stocked with educational aids and equipment and your little one will have plenty of opportunity to explore and be challenged under the watchful guidance of his/her teacher. Good social skills and appropriate manners are not left to chance and are encouraged, modelled, practised and taught from the youngest age.
Each day brings a new creative art project, which is centred on the theme for the week (or fortnight) and a variety of media is used. We try to introduce the children to different methods of drawing and painting using different equipment such as crayons, pastels, water colour paint, koki pens, or powder paint.
We also welcome one or two visiting speakers to school each term to further enrich and extend our curriculum for our little ones.
A close relationship between the Parent and the Teacher is something we value at CBC and our daily contact with you, the Parents, as well as the quarterly feedback sessions with your child’s Progress Report is vitally important to us.
In Grade 0 there are three classes – the Caterpillars, the Ladybirds and the Bumble Bees.
In Grade 0 we build on the skills that were introduced in Grade 00 and prepare the children for the Grade R year. We learn about various themes during the year and tailor our creative art projects, music and movement activities to suit these. Our priority with this age group of children (4 turning 5) is to develop their level of independence and in so doing, help them realize how special they are. By following a carefully worked out, theme-based programme perceptual skills, language skills, numeracy skills and life skills are gradually and steadily developed.
A large part of our morning is spent having fun doing things like creative art, music and movement, free-play outdoors, fantasy play indoors and of course utilizing the vast resources of educational aids that we are blessed to have. We enjoy going to the school library once a week and the children are guided and encouraged to express themselves appropriately and confidently, demonstrating the manners and social skills we expect of all our CBC family.
As part of our Religious Education Curriculum, we attend the Good Shepherd Programme weekly in our new atrium. This programme encourages holistic development as the children’s social and emotional development is as important as the educational development.
Every term our children participate in an outing, transported on a semi-luxury bus and accompanied by their teachers, assistants and 4-5 parents per class. These are always a highlight and are much anticipated.
A close relationship between the Parent and the Teacher is something we value at CBC and our daily contact with our Parents and the quarterly feedback sessions with your child’s Progress Report is vitally important. All in all the linking year between Grade 00 and Grade R is an exciting one with lots of challenges, lots of growing and stretching, and certainly lots of fun!
Grade R is the first year of formal schooling as it forms part of the Foundation Phase. There are currently three classes in Grade R.
We follow the curriculum as prescribed by the Department of Education. The Grade R year is a very full year and a lot is required of our learners to prepare them for Grade One entry. We partner with our Parents on this journey by giving quarterly progress reports and by setting up regular contact meetings where feedback can be given. Constant assessing of the children allows the teachers to know exactly where any individual child may be experiencing difficulties and to implement intervention at the earliest possible time. If a problem develops and intervention is required we do have a team of specialists on site to assist your child – this includes Occupational therapists, Child Psychologists and Speech Therapists.
The CAPS syllabus is challenging and diverse and encourages the young learner to explore for him/herself new concepts and how to then use this knowledge in meaningful ways. We focus on developing good skills in Literacy, Mathematics and Life Orientation.
Every term our children participate in an outing, transported on a semi-luxury bus and accompanied by their teachers, assistants and 4-5 parents per class. These are always a highlight and are much anticipated. We also welcome one or two visiting speakers to school each term to further enrich and extend our curriculum for our little ones.
The physical, emotional and intellectual growth that takes place during the Grade R year is possibly more significant than during any single other school year. In Grade R at CBC your child will enjoy being part of a class of no more than 26 learners. He/she will have as much fun as possible, will get a lot of exercise in our stunning Playground while at the same time gaining and refining important skills that are needed for their future school career.