Durbanville Preparatory School

ACADEMIC MATTERS

Every learner at Durbanville Preparatory School is unique. We aim, as a team, to develop the full potential of every learner.

STEP BY STEP WE ARE BUILDING THE YOUTH OF OUR FUTURE

OBJECTIVES

  • Excellence
  • Happy, relaxed and content learners
  • Sound knowledge of the curriculum and methodology

We offer:

  • Didactical aid and enrichment for our learners
  • We develop each learner holistically and encourage a feeling of belonging in order to build on their self-esteem.
  • Good communication between educators and parents is maintained.

We focus on four subjects:

Home Language
First Additional Language
Mathematics
Life Skills

  • Attention is continuously paid towards the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that learners should reach within the various subjects.
  • We create enrichment opportunities, and we offer support to learners who present with barriers to learning.
  • Each learner develops holistically and has a special place in the system.
  • Good communication between educators and parents is maintained.

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

As a school we believe that reading, writing and mathematics are the basic building blocks of a good education. We strive to give learners this important foundation, despite the curriculum changes.

There are four subjects:

HOME LANGUAGE
consists of:

  • Listening and Speaking;
  • Reading and Phonics;
  • Handwriting and Writing.

FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
(Afrikaans) consists of:

  • Listening and Speaking;
  • Reading and Phonics;
  • Writing and Language Structure.

MATHEMATICS 
consists of:

  • Numbers, operations and relationships;
  • Patterns, functions and algebra;
  • Space and shape;
  • Measurement;
  • Data handling.

LIFE SKILLS
consists of:

  • Beginning Knowledge: Social Sciences (History and Geography), Natural Sciences, Technology.
  • Personal and Social Well-being: How people feel and function both on a personal and social level.
  • Creative Arts: Dance, drama, music and visual art.
  • Physical Education: Locomotor and perceptual motor, rhythm, coordination, balance and laterality.

Robotics, Coding, Computers and Xhosa is included in the curriculum for Gr. 1 – 3.

ASSESSMENT

Each subject has a very specific content with minimum requirements to be met every term. 

We use the seven-point scale of achievement for assessments. We also make use of continuous informal assessment and formal assessment tasks throughout the year.

ACHIEVEMENT CODES

7 – Outstanding achievement
6 – Meritorious achievement
5 – Substantial achievement
4 – Adequate achievement
3 – Moderate achievement
2 – Elementary achievement
1 – Not achieved

REPORTS

  • Learners receive a formal report at the end of each term.
  • Formal parent appointments take place at the end of each term.
  • Discussion with parents take place on a regular and continuous basis – communication is very important to us.