Preparatory School 2017-11-25T15:41:06+00:00

Overview

2018 is going to be a year of exceptional growth for Broadacres Academy. The partnership with Skye Education enables us to build new facilities and to ensure the entire site is developed in conjunction with our constructivist education philosophy.

We aim to have a completed Preparatory School by January 2019 and a full facility, with new Preschool by 2020. The legacy of Broadacres Academy & Farm Nursery School continues to grow.

André de Coning and Dylan Cavanagh  are both experienced educators and visionary educational leaders with hands-on experience of school management. Their vision to develop the preparatory school and create a unique learning experience is well on its way to fruition.

André and Dylan have a sound educational philosophy and believe whole heartedly in the creating of a learning community through allowing children to learn naturally and become life-long learners.

The vision is to create a boutique school where we deliver the National Curriculum in a way that enhances the content and lets children continue to develop their natural curiosity and love of learning.

We aim to have a fully developed Preparatory School (up to Grade 7) by 2020.  Small classes will provide the opportunity for individual and personalised attention for each child from their qualified and committed teachers. Our class sizes of 20 children will assist the individual learning program we follow.

Lee-Ann Bruce is our dynamic and experienced principal of our preschool, the well-known Broadacres Farm Nursery School. A committed educator with immense professional insight, Lee-Ann and her team of caring and committed teachers and assistants are on hand to guide your child’s journey of discovery and learning.

We will maintain the rural feel and charm of the school and will ensure that the natural environment that exists at Broadacres Academy continues. Our unique setting has proven to encourage children’s development and love of learning.

Tammy Letcher joins us as Head of the Junior Preparatory School. Tammy has all the credentials, leadership skills and experience in the Junior Prep phase to ensure the best educational grounding takes place in this critical stage of children’s schooling.

What we believe

 

We believe that learning is a
journey of exploration

A collaboration between
learner and teacher

Inspired by curiosity

Guided by professional
insight and commitment

Grounded in community values

And focused on the natural
development of
each child’s potential

Class Groups

In Grade 0 at Broadacres Academy, we concentrate on preparing ourselves in every way for our first year at Preparatory School. We cover all areas of academic, emotional, social and normative development  which are all vital if we are to cope with the major changes we will have to face in Grade 1. An integrated, thematic approach  is followed ensuring a holistic and natural learning experience.

When we are not exercising our gross muscles doing physical activities or playing games in the playground, we may be inside out classroom exercising our fine muscles by learning how to write letters and numbers correctly. Other fine motor activities include cutting with scissors, threading, playing with Lego, constructing boxes and enjoying arts and crafts.

When we learn about the sounds of the alphabet (so in Grade 1 we can learn to read) we use LETTERLAND in conjunction with traditional reading programmes.

But this is only a small part of our learning journey. We also learn about Science, History, Geography, Drama and Music. We discover and master perceptual, numerical, creative and life skills. Phew!

As you can see our days are filled with learning and we have a great time and lots of fun as well!

Our teachers are Lauren Nadas and Daniella Teixeira and they are super stars!

Reading is introduced through the Oxford Reading Programme and goes hand in hand with the Individual Reading Programme started with Letterland in Grade 0. Language is extended and vocabulary enriched through stories, creative activities and projects.

Broadacres Academy adheres to the New Maths Syllabus. Children acquire number concepts through practical application. Different methods of solving the same problem are introduced and children are encouraged to use their own preferred method for problem solving.

Afrikaans is introduced as an additional language and is taught in a fun, creative and usable way. Many puppet shows, songs, stories and rhymes are presented in Afrikaans.

isiZulu will be run by Fundanjalo, a company specialising in teaching Zulu as a second language.

Integrated Studies is a thematic approach to learning, offering both teacher and children the opportunity to approach subject matter from many different angles, making learning a journey of discovery! It is skills based, incorporating gathering information, art, drama, poetry and creative writing.

Outings, linked to the theme, are part of the learning process. When studying animals, the children interact with our farm animals and also experience other outings and organisations coming to the school. They learn about habitats, work on projects or build models, dramatise a fable, paint animal pictures, and discuss animal classification.

Computer skills are developed through engaging educational programmes, run by Cathy Ottesen (Cats Computers). Cathy takes the pupils for an integrated computer lesson each week, where they learn to further their iPad and computer skills through theme related activities, enhancing their fun of learning.

The Children work on Design and Technology projects that are based on whatever they are learning about in class and this gives them an understanding of structures and levers; wheel and axle systems while allowing them to use their creativity and problem-solving skills  to build various things.

Physical Literacy plays a big role in the development of the child and we have a thorough Physical Education programme run by Beyond Potential  called “Buzzibodies”. They cover all the fundamental skills necessary to develop the child in preparation for competitive sport as well as gross motor development.

Dancing, Music and Singing add to a rich and varied school experience.

The Central Learning Area (CLA) serves as a space where children are able to extend their learning.

The Central Learning Area provides facilities for creative work (Art & Design and Technology), reading extension for children who are either needing extra-assistance or who want to further their reading skills, computers to help with a variety of extension work and a dedicated facilitator who works with the Grade 1 and 2 teachers to extend the children.

Daniele Coetzer  is based in the CLA and assists children who come there throughout the day for extension work. We encourage children to drive their own learning through the utilisation of the Central Learning Area. To read more detailed description of the CLA, please click here .

Karen Nunan and Leeanne Vlietstra  are the Grade 1 teachers and they come with the love, care and understanding of what it takes to be a Grade 1 teacher.

Grade 2 children pick up where they left off in Grade 1 with their Literacy and Numeracy programmes. They continue with the Oxford reading programme, supported by Phono-Graphix. They are encouraged to read through additional stimulation through a variety of books and readers available to them. Reading is a primary focus each day.

Their Mathematics programme continues to be supported by Number Sense. They get more involved with problem solving Maths and understanding the basic fundamentals required.

Afrikaans continues as an additional language and is taught in a fun, creative and usable way. Many puppet shows, songs, stories and rhymes are presented in Afrikaans.

Integrated Studies is a thematic approach to learning, offering both teacher and children the opportunity to approach subject matter from many different angles, making learning a journey of discovery! It is skills based, incorporating gathering information, art, drama, poetry and creative writing.

Outings, linked to the theme, are part of the learning process. When studying animals, the children interact with our farm animals and also experience other outings and organisations coming to the school. They learn about habitats, work on projects or build models, dramatise a fable, paint animal pictures, and discuss animal classification.

Computer skills are developed through engaging educational programmes, run by Cathy Ottesen (Cats Computers). Cathy takes the pupils for an integrated computer lesson each week, where they learn to further their iPad and computer skills through theme related activities, enhancing their fun of learning.

The Children work on Design and Technology projects that are based on whatever they are learning about in class and this gives them an understanding of structures and levers, allowing them to use their creativity to build various things.

Dancing, Music and Singing add to a rich and varied school experience.

Physical Literacy plays a big role in the development of the child and we have a thorough Physical Education programme run by Beyond Potential  called “Buzzibodies”. They cover all the fundamental skills necessary to develop the child in preparation for competitive sport as well as gross motor development.

The Central Learning Area (CLA)  serves as a space where children are able to extend their learning. It provides facilities for creative work (Art & Design and Technology), reading extension for children who are either needing extra-assistance or who want to further their reading skills, computers to help with a variety of extension work and a dedicated facilitator who works with the Grade 1 and 2 teachers to extend the children.

Alexi Rusche is based in the CLA and assists children who come their throughout the day for extension work. We encourage children to drive their own learning through the utilisation of the Communal Learning Area.

Gillian Forbes and Michele Hala are the Grade 2 teachers and they are filled with passion for their teaching.

Grade 3 is the consolidation year for the Junior Preparatory phase. It is amazing to see how children peak at the end of Grade 3, with all the necessary skills to assist them as they head into the Senior Preparatory phase of the school.

The emphasis in Grade 3 is on consolidation of all concepts and skills taught from Grade 0. The children are taken further in their critical thinking skills and they do theme based work that enables them to utilise the reading, mathematics and life skills they have gained, as well as push themselves to a next level of understanding and sense making.

In Grade 3 we start with more competitive sports programmes, developed to start utilising the Physical Literacy skills that have been taught from Gr 0. They play a few fixtures against other schools and begin to understand the value of teamwork in a different context. The Physical Literacy programme continues at a higher level.

The creative arts take on an even bigger focus and Grade 3 children are exposed to more music, art and drama. This is a critical part of every child’s educational development.

Grade 3 is a wonderful year, full of new experiences that shows real individual growth and understanding of concepts.

Jeanne Marie Barnard will be taking the Grade 3’s on their learning journey  in 2018.

Central Learning Area

Our Central Learning Area (CLA) is a classroom of 80 square meters in the middle of the L-shaped building that houses our junior preparatory classes. The purpose of the CLA is to create a space in which children can drive their love of learning.

The teacher who oversees the CLA works behind the scenes with the class teachers to ensure the children who come there benefit fully.

The CLA is a space where children can be creative through Art, and Design and Technology (D&T), or where they can extend their reading, work on projects that interest them or build on the skills developed in class.

The CLA won’t have the look and feel of a ‘normal’ classroom. It will be divided into a number of different spaces that accommodate Art, D&T, Reading and Research.

This CLA’s function is to provide opportunities for pupils –  who have completed their learning task in their classroom – a variety of choices in terms of ‘extending’ their learning and exploration. Thus, they may wish to continue designing their D+T project, or complete their creative Art project, or pursue their discovery of facts for a Research project.

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While this freedom and ‘extension’ to learning is encouraged and available, the CLA serves another vital purpose. A child needing extra time to grasp a concept in their classroom of 19 peers, is likely to benefit from one-on-one tuition, so the CLA teacher’s role is to meet this need too.

Furthermore, we believe it to be educationally sound to integrate grades, as children learn more from each other than we realise.

This CLA will be provided for all Grades as we grow organically. Alexi Rusche is based in the CLA and assists children who come there throughout the day for extension work. We encourage children to drive their own learning through the utilisation of the Central Learning Area.