In addition to following the CAPS curriculum, we have identified certain areas where we felt our children would benefit from having these skills.
The first being Coding and Robotics. A few years ago we introduced coding and robotics as part of our PDP (Personal Development Programme. This was introduced to the Intermediate Phase initially and then extended to the Foundation Phase as well. This has proved popular although with the Covid pandemic, we had to concentrate on the core subjects and keep contact and group work to a minimum.
We also introduced Music lessons where learners were taught how to play certain instruments (keyboard/guitar/drums) as well as how to read music. We have a marimba band which performed in our showcase concert at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena as well as at the Department of Education Awards in the Springs Civic Centre a few years ago.
We have cooking classes which are attended by boys and girls where they learn hygiene and the preparation and storage of food. In these classes learners would prepare basic meals and they even prepared meals for the aftercare children at times. The cooking class was also exposed to entrepreneurship as they prepared sweets and meals for certain of our functions.
Basic woodwork is another popular class where learners made projects such as trays, duckboards and other useful items for the home. Learners in these classes learned how to use certain tools around the home.
All of the above programmes have been adversely affected by Covid and we look forward to reintroducing them at a safer stage.