TEACHING STAFF

Our teachers are expected to attend in-service training courses and have a good working relationship with other primary and high schools, ensuring that teaching trends are up to date. 

 

Foundation Phase (Grade R – Grade 3)

The Foundation Phase provides a wonderful environment where your child can learn and grow in small classes. The curriculum consists of three learning areas - Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills (Art, Music, Physical Education and Computers).  Homework is given every day from Monday to Thursday.  This should not take longer than 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

 

During the year all pupils are encouraged to participate in our Fun Gala, Grandparents’ Day, Parent and Child evenings, Sports Day and the Christmas Nativity play.  Various class excursions are arranged which ensure that learning remains fun and relevant throughout the year.  Pupils are assessed according to the National Assessment Protocol which requires continuous assessment throughout the year.  Parents are invited to attend Parents’ Evenings during the course of the year when they have the opportunity of viewing their child’s work and of interacting with the teachers.

 

Grade 1 and 2 pupils must be collected within half an hour of their school day ending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 6)

The Intermediate Phase includes all pupils from Grades 4 to 6.  It is in this Phase that learners are introduced to an expanded learning programme.  These areas include Languages, Mathematics, Natural Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Life Orientation (Art, Music and Physical Education). Our pupils learn to work more independently, move from concrete to abstract understanding, and are encouraged to develop effective teamwork skills. There is a focus on learning values and skills as well as demonstrating what has been learnt.  

 

In each grade learning is made exciting and relevant by incorporating and organising special days, trips and educational evenings, e.g. Umgeni Water Board, Wetlands, Egyptian Dinner, various museum visits and Midmar Dam.  Parents and pupils are able to share in the learning, e.g. at Technology evenings, building bridges and towers, learning about structures by using straws, and learning about electricity through various experiments.  The Grade 6 pupils are also able to demonstrate their ballroom dancing skills to their proud parents at the annual Grade 6 Dance.

 

Each grade experiences a “sleep out” trip during the year:-

 

Grade 4           2 days, 1 night

Grade 5           2 days, 2 nights

Grade 6           3 days, 2 nights

 

Senior Phase  (Grade 7)

 

Grade 7 forms the first year of the Senior Phase.  During the course of the year, pupils are taught and assessed in no less than eleven learning areas; these being English, Afrikaans/isiZulu, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Natural Science, Technology, Economic Management Science, Arts and Culture, Life Orientation and Physical Education.  A system of subject teaching has been adopted which enables the pupils to benefit from specialist teachers in various subjects. This goes a long way in preparing the children for the demands of high school.

 

Assessment is done continually throughout the year in accordance with Departmental requirements.  Academically, Howick Prep has a proven track record, and proof of this is the number of pupils who are awarded scholarships to the various top state and private schools in the province each year.

 

The Grade 7’s enjoy a number of outings during the year, the highlight being a four-day trip to Wagondrift Dam.

 

A Potjie Day is held as part of the EMS programme.  The children’s advertising, budgeting, fire making and cooking skills are put to the test.  At the end of the day, parents are invited to taste the local cuisine.  The annual production of the Grade 7 play is another highlight on the school calendar.  This gives the children the opportunity of displaying other talents such as acting, singing and dancing.  Many of our children also enjoy success in the annual Speech and Drama Festival.

 

 

 

 

Extention/Expanded Opportunities

All pupils are given a fair opportunity of developing their skills and talents. Pupils who demonstrate a good work ethic and aptitude for certain subjects are encouraged and extended to do more challenging activities, tasks or research, and enter external competitions such as the Annual Amesa Maths Challenge, “Kidz Lit” quiz, Spelling Bee, etc.  Howick Prep is very proud of the achievements of its pupils who achieve some of the best results in the province in these various competitions each year.  The development of leadership skills are considered to play a vital role in the holistic development of the child.  Pupils are afforded opportunities where these skills can be nurtured and developed.

 

Pupils who find the various concepts and skills in class difficult to grasp are given expanded opportunities to try and master the concepts that they may lack.  This “bridging aid” is brought about in a variety of ways, by the class teachers and through support and remedial lessons.  These children are assessed and programmes are developed to assist them achieve their potential.       

 

Music and Drama

The Arts are alive and well at Howick Prep School and the disciplines of music and drama are offered to our pupils in a variety of forms.

 

We are most fortunate to have a well-equipped Music Department that encourages pupils to participate with enthusiasm during class music, singing or instrument work.  Our extra curricular lessons include singing, piano, recorder, guitar tuition and marimba drums.

 

Our musical skills are often showcased by our two choirs - the Dinky Choir (Grades 1 to 3) and the Senior Choir (Grades 4 to 7) - performances at school, e.g. the Annual Easter Service and Hospice Carol Service, as well as invitational choir evenings.     

               

Drama-related skills, which help our pupils gain confidence, are taught.  Drama Club is offered as part of our extra curricular programme where many skills related to acting, movement, dance and general stagecraft are developed.  Pupils also participate in the Annual Speech and Drama Festival and play productions.