School Curriculum

  

School curriculum

Here at Seedlings we are constantly making sure that our pupils are up to date with the latest and greatest curriculums available. Our curriculum books are used in varying teaching levels in all our age groups.

Each class uses the Letterland System and the degree of depth is ajusted to each class's ability.

When it comes to our class workbooks, in conjunction with our own Seedlings advanced system, we use an exceptional curriculum called the Day by Day ECD NCF CAPS ELDA's System. This system falls in line with the national framework CAPS curriculum.

Extra Murals

To ensure that every child is able to benefit, take part and, to ensure that parents are not obligated to pay for several outsourced extra murals (which can make the cost prohibitive and leave children feeling left out as they cannot take part in everything), we include all the following extra murals into our curriculum activities. All these classes are included in your monthly school fees.

Music and Drums programme. Each age group takes part in weekly half-hour classes where we learn songs from 4 different languages (English, Afrikaans, Zulu and French), as well as doing a variety of stories, songs and exercises with bongo drums. Peaches class will be doing a separate programme which will involve music with tye-hand and eye-foot co-ordination, rhythm exercise, focal and sensory exercise and more.

Gardening and Earth Preservation: Each class, from Mangoes to Berries class has the opportunity to grow and care for a variety of fruits and vegetables in our own veggie patch.

Yoga / Meditation: The children take part in weekly classes with a new yoga and meditation story every week. This is a wonderful "discipline" for our pupils to take part. It teaches them to breathe, relax and focus on themselves and can help them resolve conflict within themselves and with others. Yoga is a wondeful exercise for children to take part in and also has a great deal of philosophy and studies behind it to show the many benefits of using it in a school environment.  

The World around us: Children in Apples, Berries and Grade R classes take part in weekly geography lessons which teach about different countries, cultures, landmarks, languages and food. Where possible, the teachers will try and create an authentic meal from that country for the children to try.

Brain Gym: After varied research, we discovered and wonderful UK-based system called Brain Gym, which we are proud to say, is now part of our curriculum. We start every morning in class off by doing our brain gym exercises. Studies show that brain gym increase blood flow to the brian, integrates the brain and re-patterns positive brain patterns and habits.

Baby Hands: Is a sign language and language developmental program which children from 3 months to 6 years can take part in. We have had such amazing results with our baby hands classes and we are so proud with how quickly and how well our children have grasped the art of sign language (particularly in Peaches Class)

Basketball: To ensure our little ones have a holistic learning experience at Seedlings, we include a physical curriculum activity with weekly basketball lessons. The children learn eye-hand co-ordination as well as sportsmanship and working in a team. We have monthly basketball inter-class matches as well.

Our Aim

To provide a stimulating environment with spontaneous play of their own choice but also organised "play" from which they learn.

To stimulate curiosity and impart knowledge.

To improve communication skills, language and vocabulary.

To create a comfortable home from home environment where children feel happy and their parents feel free to communicate with the teachers whenever they want.

But most important of all ... To nurture Kindness, especially towards smaller children and animals. Honesty, good manners, self-esteem, respect for themselves and others, leadership and confidence. In other words ... our aim is to turn out well-rounded, happy children.