At the start of 2002 an Enrichment Programme was started at Sweet Valley Primary School with the aim of providing extra creative and mental stimulation for those children who would thrive as a result of additional intellectual challenges. The programme is in no way linked to the curriculum but covers a wide range of themes and topics that promote and encourage higher order thinking skills and creativity.
A group consisting of eight learners is selected from a grade. The group takes part in the programme during school time for one hour per week. (Parents are not billed for the programme.) A full written report is sent home at the end of each term. Learners are invited to join the programme on a rotational basis, although some learners will remain in the programme on a more permanent basis as the need arises. Parents are notified accordingly.
At the beginning of 2009 an additional aspect was introduced to the Enrichment Programme. Each class, from Grades 1 to 7, receives a half hour extension lesson every second week. During this time, thinking skills are introduced through a variety of activities and in Grades 4 to 7, study and research skills are also covered. The object of this initiative is to expose all children to the range of thinking skills and to encourage divergent and creative thinking in all our learners.