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Early Childhood Development School

Little children learn best through play. PEPPS’s progressive curriculum ensures that our preschool pupils learn while developing their gross and fine motor coordination. We also emphasise emotional regulation and spiritual growth. Pre-schoolers are naturally curious and this curiosity is harnessed as our pupils are encouraged to ask questions and think independently.

Each class has a maximum of 30 pupils guided by a teacher. Outdoor-play is encouraged over and above indoor age-appropriate activities. PEPPS prioritises building the self-esteem of our pupils and disciplining them with dignity.

All teaching takes place in English.

            Foundation Phase

Holistic growth of each individual is prioritised and we endeavour to build each young person up to becoming the very best version of himself/herself. Leadership skills are explicitly taught as we live up to our motto of ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders’. We explicitly teach our pupils thinking skills, ethical reasoning and social and emotional intelligence through our ‘philosophy and axiology’ lessons. Our teachers are all expected to discipline young children with dignity while building their self-esteem.

Our Grade 1-3 classes have a maximum of 30 pupils. The children are given a chance to enjoy a break after each lesson, where they are encouraged to play outdoors, enjoy a snack and visit the bathroom. These breaks ensure that they are receptive to learning when they are in class.

English is the language of instruction and we offer Sepedi as an additional language. Pupils enjoy Art and Music lessons to nurture their creativity. There is a full sport programme offered during the school day which exposes our young pupils to athletics, netball and football.

Children who are struggling in either Mathematics or Reading are expected to attend extra classes to support them in improving their skills.

            Intermediate Phase

In Grade 4-5, our pupils have subject specialists teaching them each subject as they move from class to class for their lessons. Between each lesson, the pupils enjoy a short break in order to recharge and be ready to engage in further learning as each new lesson unfolds.

English is the language of instruction and we offer Sepedi as an additional language. Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Life Skills, Technology, Art and Music form part of a curriculum that is enhanced through Project-based Learning (PBL). Our Project-based Learning programme is called ‘Creating Tomorrow’.

PBL has been shown to encourage independent thinking, research skills and creativity opportunities for pupils. This methodology is widely regarded in educational circles as the best way of preparing children for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) have explicitly supported and favoured this method of learning in the future. Pupils are offered the opportunity to develop their computer skills in many of their ‘Creating Tomorrow’ lessons.

Extra-curricular activities are offered as part of the curriculum and children all participate in athletics, netball and football. PEPPS strongly believes in the holistic development of each child and this includes physical and cultural activities.

Leadership skills are explicitly taught as we live up to our motto of ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders’. We explicitly teach our pupils thinking skills, ethical reasoning and social and emotional intelligence through our ‘philosophy and axiology’ lessons. Our teachers are all expected to discipline the pupils with dignity while building their self-esteem.

Any pupil who is struggling academically will be expected to attend additional classes to assist him/her in improving his/her skills. We have especially high expectations in Mathematics, where the pass mark is 45%.

Leadership (Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders)

Our school motto is ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders’. PEPPS has a number of initiatives that ensure that we do set each pupil up to take his/her place in society as a leader.

From our youngest to oldest pupils, we explicitly develop attributes of leadership through each year of their schooling.

Stage 4           Obedience

Stage 5           Work Together

Grade R         Self Control

Grade 1         Manners

Grade 2         Honesty

Grade 3         Kindness

Grade 4         Organisation

Grade 5         Responsibility

Grade 6         Service above Self (and Committees)

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