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Grade RR - 1

Our Approach to Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, and discovery.  It is also our belief that our preschool program should consist of positive and purposeful strategies designed to help children meet their individual goals.  Our classes are unique, we have the responsibility to assist children to achieve and function at their optimal developmental level.  The mutual respect and collaboration between parents, teachers, aides, children, and peers are of vital importance in helping children meet their goals of independence and self-awareness. Developmentally appropriate, child-centered activities where children can be active participants in the learning process are critical.  This paired with teacher-directed learning activities ensures optimal learning and success.  The classroom strives to provide safe structured experiences in an inviting, comfortable, organized atmosphere that promotes active discovery and choice-making to encourage the development of confident, socially conscious human beings. 

As a Christian school, our number one priority is to instill Christian values from a young age so that learners can follow the right path, learn about right and wrong, and develop independence. We believe in promoting the learner’s social and emotional development by encouraging learners to socialize with other learners and providing a safe home to express themselves.  It is also important for us that all our learners are equipped learners with the required skills and knowledge for the next phase of school by providing a strong foundation in literacy, mathematics, writing, and reading. Last but not least we promote physical development by providing a sports curriculum that is specifically designed for young learners and providing a play environment that encourages lots of time and space for energetic noisy play.

Meet our Grade RR - 1 Teachers

Highlands Teaching Staff 01
Highlands Teaching Staff 01

Mrs Ancila Mtema is our Phase HOD for Grades RR - 1. She is the 'mother hen' of our school - a dedicated and passionate Grade 1 teacher who's warmth radiates as she interacts with children. She has a passion for teaching children how to read and write, all while making the children she teaches feel accepted and included in everything she does.

Highlands teaching staff 02
Highlands teaching staff 02

Ms Franelize du Plessis is a passionate grade 1 teacher who has international teaching experience. Whilst she may come across as soft and approachable, she brings order and direction in what can become a very busy class. This is important for our grade 1 classes as stability is a very necessary part of the classroom experience.

Highlands Teaching Staff 04
Highlands Teaching Staff 04

Mrs Louise Elson our Grade RR teacher brings years of experience to the Early Childhood Development center at Highlands. Whenever you walk past her class, there is always singing, laughter and busy little bodies learning through play. The thematic approach to learning makes it fun and interesting for our little ones.

Highlands Teaching Staff 01
Highlands Teaching Staff 01

Mrs Ancila Mtema is our Phase HOD for Grades RR - 1. She is the 'mother hen' of our school - a dedicated and passionate Grade 1 teacher who's warmth radiates as she interacts with children. She has a passion for teaching children how to read and write, all while making the children she teaches feel accepted and included in everything she does.

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