We follow the new WCED CAPS curriculum where we ensure that our education offers equal opportunities for all children. Our curriculum consists of 3 learning areas:
We follow the Singapore Mathematics curriculum for the teaching and learning of Mathematics in the Foundation Phase where the focus is on the conceptual understanding of the concepts being covered.
Homework in the Foundation Phase is a practice of what has been taught during the school day. Grade 1 and Grade 2 children have 20 minutes of homework a day. Grade 3 children have 25 minutes of homework a day.
Homework consists of Reading, Spelling and Mathematics.
Reading homework is given from a Monday to Thursday. A list of words will be given to your child on a Monday to introduce the words for his/her new reader. The teacher will then set a required amount of pages to be read during the rest of the week. Short comprehensions based on the book, are sent home once a week in order to help your child to focus on reading for meaning. Reading for enjoyment is an absolute must, so we visit our school library once a week.
Spelling and Phonics:
Each Monday a new set of sight words and phonic words are recorded. Your child should be able to recognise, read and spell these words. These words are used extensively in class and may be assessed in a test.
Counting is given on a daily basis. Concepts that have been introduced in class are reinforced via homework tasks.
The Foundation Phase teachers believe that structure and consistency is naturally the first step towards maintaining control and discipline. Each teacher utilises their own personal and individualised reward systems. By utilising these systems we focus on rewarding positive behaviour. We make use of a ‘sunshine award’ certificate to acknowledge a child displaying responsible, caring and positive attitudes.
However, there are instances where these reward systems are not effective. We have therefore adopted a method whereby the consequences of ‘undesirable’ behaviour is realised. This method of punishment is called a ‘demerit’. A demerit is given for the following reasons:
- Consistent unacceptable behaviour during school hours
- Incorrect school uniform without an excuse note from parents
- Not having the Homework Diary signed. We feel that it is the child’s responsibility to get mom or dad to sign homework
- Continually being late for school.
Our parents are kept informed of ‘sunshine awards’ and ‘demerits’ via the homework diary.