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Grade R

Sweet Valley Grade R is a stimulating and happy place to grow and learn.  The classes are small and the educators are committed to the development of the whole child - physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.

Every area of our Grade R is designed to accommodate play and learning.  Our environment is informal, but our activities are intentional and well-planned in order to prepare the children for Grade One.

The Grade R follows the traditional programme and the teachers follow the official curriculum, where learning focuses on Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills.  We aim to balance teacher-directed activities with play time, so that the children have the opportunity of making friends and learning the necessary life skills for coping with the demands of Grade One.

Daily Programme

08:00 - School starts

08:30 - Morning Ring

This is our group time on the carpet.  We share news and have theme discussions.  We emphasize listening skills and encourage the children to speak in a group situation.

09:00 - Art Activities

During this time the children work daily with different media, including playdough, clay, construction activities, drawing, collage and painting.  We focus on drawing, creativity and cutting skills.  Each activity is planned to cater for the individual child's ability level.

10:00 - Snack

The children are required to bring a healthy lunch and drink to school daily.

10:30 - Free Play

The children can make use of the home corner and garden during this time.  Our outdoor area includes a lovely tree for climbing, jungle gyms and sand and water play. Our cycle track encourages movement exploration through a variety of wheel toys.  We have a covered outdoor area for physical play on rainy days.  We have specialist sports skill and gym lessons to promote the physical development of each child.

11:30 - Quiet Play

This focuses on the visual perceptual and numeracy skills vital for the children's cognitive development.

12:10 - Story Time

This brings our busy day to a close at 12:45.

Our children leave Grade R ready for the challenges of 'big' school.  They have learnt skills such as task completion, self-motivation and independence. 

They have the courage and confidence of knowing that they will be supported and valued at Sweet Valley.