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Academics

The Olive Ridge Approach

In order to bring world-class aligned education to our learners, we offer the Cambridge International subjects as supplementary to the full IEB curriculum (CAPS) for the Junior Preparatory- and Senior Preparatory Stages. The program is further enriched with the STEAM approach to learning, making it a first of its kind in Bloemfontein. The Pre-Primary curriculum employs cutting-edge educational philosophies, we cater for children from 3 months to Grade R. Within this framework, we offer the child an orientated curriculum which originated from research done on the best teaching and learning practices from around the world, blending a multiple-intelligence approach taken from the methodologies of the International Cambridge Curriculum, the International Preschool Curriculum (IPC) and the IEB Curriculum (CAPS) to develop their readiness required for Grade 1.

Curriculum

Learning Content

The Pre-Primary School takes a holistic view of care, upbringing, learning and social and linguistic skills in a multi-lingual environment.  It is an inquiry-, objective-, thematic-, play based curriculum that focuses on the development of the child as a unique individual.  From the Early Years Foundation Stage to STEAM, this is what we offer:

Blended International Preschool Curriculum and IEB curriculum, enhanced by the STEAM approach through a lot of playful learning and magical activities to suit each child’s individual preferences.  These are the learning areas we focus on, enhancing the daily routine with our school’s core values:

Motor Skills, Body Movement and Health
Language Arts, Communication and Text
Socio-Emotional
Numeracy
Creative Arts, Culture and Creativity
Music
Sciences

We have various themes that we cover throughout the year. Routine is an anchor point that holds a predictable schedule for the children in which they feel safe, however, we may be flexible at times to allow for incidental learning experiences.  A consistent routine encourages positive behaviour in children.

Blended International Cambridge Curriculum and IEB curriculum, enhanced by the STEAM approach and school readiness requirements for Grade 1.

We focus on the following learning areas:

Learning Area Link to our Core Values
Mathematics (Numeracy) Greatness, Confidence
English (Literacy) Greatness, Confidence
Life Skills Responsible, Compassion
Science Greatness, Persistence
Technology Greatness, Persistence
Art Greatness, Confidence
Afrikaans Confidence, Compassion
Sesotho Confidence, Compassion

Blended International Cambridge Curriculum and IEB Curriculum, enhanced by the STEAM approach.

We focus on the following learning areas:

Learning Area Link to our Core Values
Mathematics (Numeracy) Greatness, Confidence
English (Literacy) Greatness, Confidence
Life Skills Responsible, Compassion
Science Greatness, Persistence
Technology Greatness, Persistence
Art Greatness, Confidence
Afrikaans Confidence, Compassion
Sesotho Confidence, Compassion

Blended International Cambridge Curriculum and IEB Curriculum, enhanced by the STEAM approach.

Learning Area Link to our Core Values
Mathematics (Numeracy) Greatness, Confidence
English (Literacy) Greatness, Confidence
Life Skills Responsible, Compassion
Science Greatness, Persistence
Technology Greatness, Persistence
Art Greatness, Confidence
Afrikaans Confidence, Compassion
Sesotho Confidence, Compassion

Multilingual Approach

Olive Ridge School has a unique approach to the language of teaching and learning.  This approach uses English as the main language of instruction, but at the same time provides a blended option to its Afrikaans and Sesotho learners in order to bridge any stumbling blocks in their early development due to English not being their home language.  This is achieved through individual tutoring as well as a multilingual approach in the classroom environment.

This approach also benefits English speaking learners who are exposed to other regional languages early in their lives.  From Grade 4 onwards, the learners are capable to sufficiently deal with the English language in order for them to cope with the advanced curricular requirements.

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