GRADE 1 – 3
OVERVIEW OF ACADEMICS INCL TECHNOLOGY
The girls are exposed to number bonds, various methods of addition and subtraction and counting. All our Mathematical concepts are related to everyday life, through problem solving. The children work within number ranges according to their abilities.
Our girls build on their Numeracy knowledge by learning to work with money, to measure, to multiply, tell the time and numerous other skills that will ensure that they appreciate and value the importance of numbers in their lives.
Concepts and skills are re-inforced through discovery, challenges and an enjoyment of mathematics.
The most important business of Grade 1 is learning to read, write and spell. Our girls are exposed to reading from their very first day at school. We use THRASS at St. Dominic’s, as one of the tools to teach spelling and phonics (sounds). By the end of the year our girls are able to write simple passages on their own.
Our girls learn how to read more fluently and with expression. They master comprehension, fine tune their practical and creative writing skills , learn about nouns and verbs, punctuation and paragraphs, direct and indirect speech and many other important aspects required to master the English Language.
Our girls build vocabulary, language and thinking skills as they enjoy stimulating activities within a variety of themes.
As part of our Life Skills, our Grade One Day begins with a Bible Reading and time for Prayer. During the year we discover topics such as South Africa, the water cycle , occupations and much more!
Life Skills are certainly not neglected in Grade Two as our girls are encouraged to research, discover and report back. Our Religious Education lessons perpetuate the ethos and Christian values of our School as our girls are encouraged to love God, value and respect people around them and appreciate life itself.
What a wonderful age this is! The girls are able to have healthy discussions and give informed opinions both verbal and written.
Learners attend an exciting, fun and stimulating computer lesson in the Junior Computer Room once a cycle. At the moment, we follow Knowledge Network which is an outcomes based, learner-centred, project and goal orientated IT skills development programme. The lessons are presented in an easy to follow, step by step, presentation making use of an interactive projector. The lessons make use of MS Office software including Paint, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. After each lesson the girls are able to print their work on one of the colour laser printers available.