ACADEMIC CURRICULUM Creative Education Centre uses local books and books from A Beka Christian College, in Pensacola, Florida, USA. The curriculum is compliant with the Department of Basis Education's Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements.
Grades 000 - R Activities are structured to develop the whole child. Fine-motor skills and creativity are developed through play. Music, poetry and reading are regular activities. Language is enhanced through theme discussions, story-telling, rhyme and song. Outdoor play strengthens gross motor, balance and ball skills.
Grade R’s have 52 sight words which they learn by recognition. These must be practiced daily. Letter Land, Handwriting activities and the A Beka Blends & Sounds and Numeracy books are used to introduce learners to a more formal education environment. Learners begin writing basic three-word spelling tests from the first term. They begin reading using the A Beka reading program. Handwriting includes pattern making, cutting, pin-pricking, threading, drawing and colouring, but also incorporates a formal approach with the use of handwriting books. These are daily activities. A concrete approach to arithmetic is introduced before learners begin basic addition and subtraction in the A Beka books. Blends & Sounds are practiced and written daily to ensure learners grasp the English language with ease. A school readiness test is administered before admission to Grade R.
Grades 1 & 2 From a firm foundation in Grade R, our learners move easily into a more formal and structured academic program in first grade. Emphasis is placed on the “Three R’s” - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic. Reading comprehension activities are introduced from the third term in first grade and from the first term in second grade. Learners are given Readers and need to read daily at home. Life Skills (Health) and Science are presented in a practical and oral format with the A Beka health and science curriculum. Strong emphasis is placed on phonics, (blends & sounds,) language (grammar) and arithmetic. Weekly spelling, arithmetic, and phonic tests take place every Friday morning. Reading is introduced in a much more formal manner, with learners reading from the first week of school. Utmost importance is given to reading, spelling, writing, and arithmetic skills in order to prepare learners for senior primary.
Second language (Afrikaans) is introduced in Grade 1. In second grade, learners begin with a much more formal approach to Afrikaans. Learners transferring from other schools will be assessed before admission to the requested grade.
Grade 3 The same program is followed as in Grades 1 & 2. However, health and science are introduced in a much more formal manner, with tests and quizzes taking place throughout the year. Continuous emphasis is placed on reading, language, spelling and arithmetic. Quizzes and tests take place regularly throughout the year.
Learners are given Readers and need to read daily at home. Reading Comprehension tests (written and timed) form an integral part of reading with understanding, and these activities take place weekly. This assists learners in grasping the importance of speed of reading, writing, and thinking; which are essential skills needed from Grade 4.
Handwriting (penmanship) activities take place daily. Afrikaans Taal, spelling, and Begripstoets are introduced from the first term. Learners write Afrikaans Taal tests throughout the year. Afrikaans spelling tests take place from the first week of February. English spelling and arithmetic tests take place weekly.
Grades 4 to 7 A variety of subjects are taught from fourth grade, such as English, Afrikaans, Arithmetic, Science, Health, History and Geography. Literature and Creative Writing are introduced in a more formal manner and learners write weekly Reading Comprehension tests (written and timed) as well as weekly Begripstoets. Arithmetic, English, and Afrikaans spelling tests take place weekly. Subject quizzes, tests/exams as well as language tests and quizzes take place throughout each term. Learners are given Readers and need to read daily at home. Handwriting activities continue in all grades.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES Physical Fitness is a compulsory physical activity taking place during school hours. If a learner is not able to participate due to illness, a note is required from the parents.
Gym: There is a gym instructor who conducts physical activities.. These programs take place during the school morning. Gym kits must be bought to school, including takkies. In summer months there are swimming lessons for the learners.
Karate: Lessons are offered at an extra cost during school hours for Grade R and after school for primary school learners every Thursday.
Kickboxing, music and soccer : Lessons are offered at an extra cost after school.
AFTERCARE The school offers an Aftercare facility which is open during school terms only. A healthy lunch is supplied and homework is done under supervision. Only learners attending CEC are accommodated. Please note, if learners have to study for test/exams, they will be in the study hall where they can study. Once learners are collected from aftercare, they will still need to study at home for various tests/exams. It is the parents responsibility to ensure that their children read to them daily at home, even if their children are in Aftercare.