Curriculum

Sandton Junior School strive to create a unique environment that is conducive to bringing out the best in every child that comes to our schools. We take the best and most modern ideas from across the world and we incorporate them into our schools. We feel that a “one size fits all” approach does not work in education. Every child develops at a different pace and so we have small classes (a maximum of 20 children per class) where enthusiastic, dedicated teachers can take different needs into account.

Diversity is a very important part of our schools and we welcome pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our fees are pitched at a level between those of the more established independent schools and older government schools in Sandton. We believe that we are affordable for working parents.

Our key philosophy is that every child is unique and deserves to be treated as such. Our school motto is “Soar to Excellence” and we strive to live up to this always.

Sandton Junior School offers a private school education with a CAPS and IEB compliant curriculum.

Sandton Junior School is at the cutting edge of integrating junior education into the independent school system and it aims to integrate it’s unique country atmosphere into the curriculum at every opportunity.

Entry is at Grade R, although places will arise from time to time in other age groups.As boys and girls move through the School from ages 6 to 12 years, they will find their programme increasingly developing and challenging. Independent Examination Board Curriculum subjects will be studied.

Sports and games activities feature strongly in the curriculum.

Future plans include fully networked computers in the school with multimedia PC’s and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. The installation of interactive whiteboards in the classrooms will ensure that ICT is integral to the learning process and reflects the school’s commitment to the future.

The school sees education as a partnership with parents in which regular reports are complemented by parent evenings and frequent informal contact with Head and staff.

Foundation Phase (Grades  R, 1, 2, 3)

The very word “foundation” implies that the focus will be to develop the skills, knowledge and concepts required for further learning.

The four prime “learning areas” are:

Numeracy – Number Concept and hands-on use of Basic Mathematical Concepts

Literacy – English language.

Perceptual Development – skills in Sensory-Motor Integration, Gross Motor, Perceptual Life Skills

Assessment in the Foundation Phase is based on realising developmental outcomes. Learners are evaluated in each learning area in a continuum according to competencies, skills and concepts. Each learner is a “star” at something and individual development is given priority over competitiveness. Progress Reports are issued on a regular basis and parents should feel free to discuss their child’s progress at any time by making an appointment with the teacher.

Intermediate Phase (grades 4 – 6)
Languages -English
Mathematics
Natural Sciences
Economic Management Sciences 
Human and Social Sciences  
Computer Studies                                                                      
Life Orientation
                                                               
Basic foundations are still of prime importance but learners are encouraged to achieve more independence through the application of independent thought. Pupils are prepared for the Senior Phase in high school. 
Grade 7  (High School), and 8 and 9 (to be phased in later)
 
English
Mathematics
Natural Sciences
Art and Culture
Life Orientation
Computer Studies
Human Sciences
Technology
Human Sciences
Economic Management Sciences