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Foundation Phase

At Richards Bay Christian School, we consider it a privilege to partner with parents to provide a solid educational foundation. Using the CAPS curriculum, nurturing, qualified staff seek to develop the whole child spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Our goal is to teach our students innovatively, from a biblical perspective, to transform lives and encourage them to be solution-driven thinkers in their community.

Grade 1-3

At Richards Bay Christian School, the Foundation Phase staff believe that God’s Word is the only foundation on which to base all learning. We are passionate about equipping our students with the skills needed to read, understand and to communicate meaningfully with others. Our desire is to enable our students to think critically and to deepen their ability to comprehend their studies and the world around them through a biblical mind-set. “Direct me, Yahweh, throughout my journey so I can experience Your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to You. Escort me into Your truth; take me by the hand and teach me. For You are the God of my salvation; I have wrapped my heart into Yours all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5 TPT

The Academic programme offers:

  • English Home Language –  We use the CAPS curriculum as a guideline for assessment requirements. Using the TIME2READ language programme, we build a core foundation in phonics, reading, vocabulary, writing and grammar.
  • Mathematics
  • Afrikaans and isiZulu (First additional languages)
  • Bible
  • Chess and Computational Thinking (foundation of Robotics) assist in developing necessary critical thinking skills for the future.
  • Art, music and Junior Choir provide a choice of activities for our students to develop their God-given gifts and talents.
  • The implementation of STEAM activities and fun, cultural days makes learning an exciting experience. STEAM activities focus on developing 21st-century skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Students grow in their ability to be creative and collaborative problem-solvers by utilising design-thinking processes.
  • Smaller classes in Grades 1 and 2 (<17)
  • Staff offer extra lessons one afternoon a week to consolidate concepts.
  • Sport is offered and encouraged. It is a vital part of educating students to adopt healthy lifestyles, develop collaboration and acceptable social cognition and to apply the biblical principles taught in Matthew 18 when managing conflict.
  • Occupational and Speech and Language therapies, offered by qualified therapists, are available for children who need strategic learning support.
Mrs. Pat Marlowe
JP & IP Phase Principal