Senior Preparatory

The Senior Preparatory phase includes learners from Grade 4 to Grade 7 (an age group ranging from 9 to 13 years). This is an important phase in the development of children where we are faced with the challenges of preparing the children for High School, and the responsibilities which go with High School. The design and methodology of our curriculum implementation takes this into account.

We strive to build on the needs of the individual from the points of knowledge, skills, values, concepts and attitudes. A rich and stimulating programme is offered which recognises the core learning areas including, English Home Language, Mathematics and Natural Science.

Senior Primary School at Waterberg AcademyBalance and enrichment are provided in the other learning areas including Afrikaans, offered as an additional first language, Human and Social Sciences (HSS), Economic Management Sciences (EMS), Art and Culture, Technology, Computers, and outdoor classroom activities that includes Environmental Studies.

Physical Education (PE) also forms a core component of the curriculum, where general fitness and muscular toning are achieved.  These core skills aid learners to improve their abilities in extra mural activities such as athletics, cross country, swimming, netball, hockey, soccer and cricket- as well as several individual sports like archery, mountain biking, tennis and horse riding.

The different learning areas as specified by the National Curriculum (as mentioned above) are taught in an integrated manner with specialist teaching provided in Mathematics, English and Afrikaans.

A large emphasis is placed on project work which is complemented by field trips and locally based outdoor activities. The emphasis on skills development together with core knowledge emphasis is very effective in equipping the learners for the High School Phase that awaits them. Various methods of continuous assessment are used to provide as complete a picture as possible of the progress of each learner. Although traditional mark based assessment is important, it is important to know that it only forms a small part of the overall assessment. A comprehensive report is provided at the end of each term.

With a maximum number of 16 pupils per class, we feel that we are strongly positioned to provide a service of excellence for the communities that we serve.

During the term pupils will receive extra lessons in all subjects to help them prepare for tests and exams. We also offer study skills as well as critical thinking skills.

On Tuesdays pupils will engage in dual periods where they can join groups or clubs, for example:  Eco Club, First Aid, Art, Book Club and many more.  All pupils participate in Bible Studies on Thursdays.

As part of our fundraising, pupils will enjoy different activities on a termly basis.  Our fundraising efforts include: Olympiads, Chariots of Fire(Wheelbarrow Racing), Polar Bear Swim and Entrepreneurs days.

Being an Eco-school we are very proud of our vegetable garden, that is overseen by the pupils themselves.

We also attend an annual Eco Camp, where pupils are educated and made aware of many Environmental issues.