At Edenglen Primary School, we believe in the holistic education of learners. We also believe that preparing children to take on a meaningful role in society in the years to come means taking the time to assist each learner reach his or her full potential in all areas of school life.
With our modern and reliable resource facilities and a wide educational infrastructure, Edenglen provides learners an idea base from which they can explore – and realise - their full potential.
Academics remains one of our most important priorities. We teach strictly according to the curricular policy and prescriptions of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS Curriculum).
Formal assessment tasks, as captured in the CAPS curriculum, are done regularly and learners receive a formal assessment plan each term. These assessments, calculated according to the Departmental 1 to 7 -point scale, determine the final mark of each subject.
Meanwhile, continuous informal assessment takes place daily according to various assessment strategies in preparation for formal assessment tasks.
At the end of Term 2 and Term 4, learners from Grade 4 to 7 also write examinations according to a set examination time table.
Recognition and academic awards are given to those who are placed within the Top Five, and subject awards are also given.
Assisting us to support learners experiencing learning difficulties are a number of specialist within our immediate community. We refer learners to credible speech therapists, occupational therapists, and remedial therapists.
We also have a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, and a remedial therapist who work on the school premises twice a week. This means therapy can be built into the learners’ school day. It also allows teachers and therapists to work more closely together, ensuring maximum benefit from the support programme.
Should a learner require any of the above therapies, an assessment is carried out. Based on the outcome, an appropriate intervention programme is put into place. Where possible, this is incorporated into the classroom by the teacher. There may, however, be a need for the parent or guardian to take the child for additional therapy, which would be for the cost of the parent. Above all, parental involvement is the biggest support needed.
We believe that the earlier a learning difficulty is addressed, the better a learner will cope in the later years of primary school. We aim to foster strong relationships between teachers and parents – with whom we share the common goal of wanting to see each learner succeed.
With regards to Academics, learners in need of academic support are identified through baseline testing and placed in a Support Class. These classes offer a smaller, more intimate, learning environment, with a maximum of twenty learners per class. We currently have a Support Class in Grade 2 and Grade 3; with plans to offer a Support Class in each grade of the Foundation Phase from 2019.
Learners in need of academic support also have the opportunity to attend extra support classes after school as a co-curricular activity. These extra classes are subject-based and aimed at learners who need assistance in understanding various concepts within a subject. Our teachers work hard to promote a novel learning environment in these extra classes.
Remedial support teacher