Primary – Academic Curriculum
Clarendon Primary, after years of being on the forefront of education in South Africa, enjoys a high academic standard and a diverse curriculum. Our goal is to enable every girl to achieve her potential through sound instruction, skills-based learning and the development of good learning habits. Class teaching takes place from Grades 4 to 6. Subject teaching is introduced in Grade 7 to prepare our girls for high school. “Setting” in Mathematics in Grade 7 ensures that the gifted pupils are extended and those who are experiencing difficulties can be assisted with personalised remedial teaching. The most recent addition to the programme at Clarendon Primary has been that of the GLITS (Girls Learning Innovative Thinking Skills) programme. The aim of the GLITS programme is to enrich and extend our academically gifted Grade 7 girls. Selected girls are invited to participate in the programme following a rigorous selection process. GLITS girls attend two Saturday morning workshops per term and are required to undertake a research project twice a year. Our Education Support and Counselling Units are deeply embedded in our academic programmes, and teachers and girls get the best support from highly experienced staff when needed. Clarendon Primary continues to provide the highest quality education for girls.
What is new in our Academic Programme?
Clarendon Primary School is proud to boast a move towards C21st century learning spaces. One of the biggest critiques of classrooms globally, is that despite new curricula and pedagogical practices, our classrooms still reflect C19th century spaces, namely, rows of desks and chairs, teacher desk at the front of the classroom, and limited movement and flexibility. Our school is embarking on a new look that reflect modern educational thinking. In Grade 5, our classrooms are creative learning spaces, with desks and chairs on wheels allowing girls to transform their space in a matter of seconds. The idea of “front” and “back” of a classroom are no longer relevant, with teachers facilitating learning from every corner of the classroom. Our 3 year plan is to have every classroom flexible and modern. Clarendon Primary School is at the cutting-edge of teaching and learning transformation.
What are we involved in?
– Mathematics Olympiads
– 1:1 iPad programme
– English Olympiads
– Conversational Xhosa classes
– Accounting Olympiads
– National/International Benchmark examinations
– THINK AHEAD IT competitions
– Creative iPad competitions
– Public Speaking competitions
– Debating competitions
– Specialised Mathematics Room and Applied Mathematics teaching
– Specialised Science Room and sophisticated Science teaching
What does our 1:1 iPad integration program involve?
Our 1:1 iPad program begins at the start of Grade 5, and requires each girl to have access to her own iPad at all times. Our state of the art infrastructure and weekly staff training has allowed integration of technology and curriculum to happen seamlessly. This program now runs from Grade 5 to Grade 7. Moving forward, we are investigating involving our Grade 4 girls in this programme.
What other ICT happens at Clarendon?
All classrooms throughout the school are equipped with data projectors and Apple TVs so that the world can be brought into the classroom and make learning more alive and real. We have an ICT lab equipped with 29 work stations, as well as an interactive board, where girls have an hour’s lesson a week. Grade 4 – 6 learners also have 6 months of Media lessons where research and iPad skills are developed. The Grade 4’s have a bank of 28 iPads which are used in their Media and class lessons. We make use of Google Apps for Education throughout the school with both girls and staff experiencing the benefits.
We are not only passionate about teaching our girls how to use technology but also about how to use it RESPONSIBLY. We also provide workshops and training for parents to equip themselves to manage technology responsibly. We strive to develop young girls who are able to think for themselves to become independent and successful adults, and believe that the integration of technology is there to support and benefit teaching and learning in the 21st century.
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