Growing Minds offers four classes, 2 foundation classes (Grade R/1 and Grade 2/3) grade 4 and grade 5 and a multi grade class for grade 6 and 7. Our progressive, multi level classes have many advantages. They provide opportunities for the children to learn from each other, they encourage team work and mentoring and build confidence and self-esteem. A child that can explain a concept to another child, knows the topic well! However, in all cases the grade appropriate content is taught.
The Learning Environment
At Growing Minds we recognize the importance of the learning environment. Our learning areas have been carefully designed – always considering the needs of individual learners. From the colours on the walls and the heights of the desks to different seating options, every detail has been examined to make sure the child has the best opportunity to learn.
Remedial equipment, such as scissors for both right and left handers, incline boards to support handwriting, posture and vision, as well as a fidget toys for children who need to move whilst learning, are all available in the classroom to support those learners that need them. We continually look to different products and opportunities to support our children and enhance their learning ability.
Individualised Learning Programmes
Some children need an individualised learning programme to best meet their needs. These programmes outline each child’s areas of competence and includes a plan of action to assist the learner to develop and grow within the framework of the curriculum. The Individualised Learning Programme outlines clear goals as well as the support and strategies to be implemented into the classroom. These programmes also help us to plan for the full year, giving the teachers and the parents clear understanding of the goals we look to achieve and how we plan to reach them.
We follow the guidelines of the CAPS curriculum within each of the grades. We ensure that our academic standards are of the highest level and undertake the necessary assessments as required by the WCED. However, our interactive teaching and assessment methods ensure our learners focus on understanding and application rather than ‘marks’.
We offer the following subjects to all our learners (grade dependent)
- Natural Science
- Social Science
- Life skills / Beginning Knowledge
- Physical Education
- Creative Arts
Interactive Learning and learning styles
All children learn differently and it is important that we fully understand how best individual children learn so that we can adapt our teaching methods to suit their learning styles. Some children learn well with auditory input, others through visual reinforcement, others learn best by doing. Some children need all of that to learn best. For all children, field trips and excursions are held that complement the curriculum to enhance understanding and knowledge.