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Academics


Foundation Phase (Grade R – Grade 3)

A normal day for a learner in the Foundation Phase consists of the following:

 07h45 School begins (There is a teacher on duty from 07h30 every morning)
 10h00 – 10h10 Morning Snack
 10h10 – 10h30   Playtime
 12h30                       Grade 1 and Grade 2 learners finish school
 12h30 – 13h00 Lunch for all Grade 3 learners
 13h00 – 14h00 Extra Mural Activities for all Grade 1 and 2 learners
 14h00 Grade 3 learners finish school (Finish at 12h30 on a Friday)
 14h00 – 15h00 Extra Mural Activities for Grade 3 learners

Howick Prep School - Grade 1 Parent everningThe Foundation Phase provides a wonderful environment where your child can learn and grow in small classes. The curriculum consists of three learning areas - Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills.  These include subjects such as Physical Education, Art, Music, Afrikaans, Zulu, Computers and Technology. Homework is given every day from Monday – Thursday.  This should not take longer than 20 – 30 minutes to complete each day.

During the year all learners are encouraged to participate in our Fun Gala, Grandparents Day, Mom and Daughter Fun Evening, Dad and Son Fun Evening, Sports Day and the Christmas Nativity play.  Various class excursions are arranged which ensure that learning remains fun and relevant throughout the year.  Parents are invited to attend Parents Evenings during the course of the year when they have the opportunity
of viewing their child’s work and of interacting with their child’s educators.

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6)

The Intermediate Phase includes all learners from Grades 4 – 6.  It is in this Phase that learners are introduced to an expanded learning programme from the three learning areas to eight.  (These areas include Languages, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, Economic Management Science, Arts and Culture, Life Orientation and Technology.)  Our learners learn to work more independently, move from concrete to abstract understanding and are encouraged to develop effective teamwork skills. There is a focus on learning values and skills as well as demonstrating what has been learnt. 

In each grade learning is made exciting and relevant by incorporating Grade 6 Scrap booking - Howick Prep School
and organising special days, trips and educational evenings eg. Umgeni Bird Park, Umgeni Valley, uShaka Marine World, Wetlands, the taxi dermis, Chinese Dinner, Entrepreneurship week, various museums and Midmar Dam.  Parents and learners are able to share in the learning eg.: Technology evenings – building bridges and towers, learning about structure by using straws and learning about electricity through various experiments.  The Grade 5 and 6 learners are also able to demonstrate their ballroom dancing skills to their proud parents at these evenings.  Learners are assessed according to the National Assessment Protocol which requires continuous assessment throughout the year. 

Each grade experiences a ‘sleep out ‘ trip during the year:
Grade 4: Forest study focus in Eshowe (two days, one night)
Grade 5: Natural Science Marine focus in Durban (three days, two nights)
Grade 6: Environmental / Leadership focus in the wetlands (four days, three nights)

Senior Phase  (Grade 7)

Grade 7 forms the first year of the Senior Phase.  We pride ourselves in having small classes of less than 30 learners per class.  During the course of the year, learners are taught and assessed in no less than eleven learning areas; these being English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Mathematics, Social Studies, Natural Science, Technology, EMS, Arts and Culture, Life Orientation and Physical Education.  A system of subject teaching has been adopted which enables the learners to benefit from specialist educators in various subjects. This goes a long way in preparing the children for the demands of high school.

Assessment is done continually throughout the year in accordance with the Departmental requirements.  Academically, Howick Prep has a proven track record – proof of this are the achievements in various academic Olympia and the number of learners who are awarded scholarships to the various top State and Private schools in the province each year.

Our educators are expected to attend in-service training courses and have a good
working relationship with other primary and high  schools  ensuring that
teaching trends are up to date.  The development of leadership skills are considered to play a vital role in the holistic development of the child.  Learners are afforded opportunities where these skills can be nurtured and developed. Grade 7 Dundee outing

The Grade 7’s enjoy a number of outings during the year.  These include a social outing to Midmar Dam and undoubtedly the highlight of the year is the five day tour of the battlefields in Northern KZN.  The tour includes visits to Spioenkop Nature Reserve, Ladysmith Siege Museum, Fort Helpmekaar, Rorkes Drift, Isandlawana, Blood River, Vulendlela Bush Camp, Natal Spa,
Talana Museum and caving at Mpate Mountain.

A Potjie Day is held as part of the EMS programme.  The childrens’ advertising, budgeting, fire making and cooking skills are put to the test.  At the end of the day, parents are invited to taste the local cuisine.  The annual production of the Grade 7 play is another highlight in the school calendar.  This gives the children the opportunity of displaying other talents.  Many of our children also enjoy success in the National Speech and Drama Festival.

Extention / Expanded Opportunities

All learners are given a fair opportunity of developing their skills and talents. Learners who demonstrate a good work ethic and aptitude for certain learning areas are encouraged and extended to do more challenging activities, tasks or research, eg. our mathematicians enter the annual Amesa Challenge, whilst our budding young scientists enter the Science Olympiad annually. Howick Prep is very proud of the achievements of its learners who achieve some of the best results in the province in these various competitions each year.

Learners who find the various concepts and skills in class difficult to grasp are given expanded opportunities to try and master the concepts that they may lack.  This is done in a variety of ways, by the class educators and through remedial lessons, ‘bridging aid’.  These children are assessed and programmes developed to assist them achieve their potential.      

Music and Drama

The Arts are alive and well at Howick Prep School!  The disciplines of music and drama are offered to our learners in a variety of forms.

We are most fortunate to have a well-equipped music block that encourages learners to participate with enthusiasm during class music, singing or instrument work.  Our extra curricular lessons include piano and guitar tuition.

Our musical skills are often showcased by our two choirs; the Dinky Choir (Grade 1 – 3) and the Senior Choir (Grade 4 – 7), presentations at school eg. the Annual Easter Service and Christmas Carols by Candlelight, as well as invitational choir evenings.                   

Drama related skills which help our learners gain confidence are taught.  A drama club is offered as part of our extra curricular programme where many skills related to acting, movement, dance and general stagecraft are developed.  Learners also participate in the Annual Speech and Drama Festivals and play productions.