Foundation Phase (Grade 0 to 3)
St Margaret’s is the entry point for the majority of the Roedean Junior School pupils and it sets the tone for their future attitude towards learning. We strive to develop a sense of curiosity and a life-long love of learning in each girl during her four years at St Margaret’s.
The power of literacy lies not just in the child’s ability to read and write with fluency and understanding, but also in applying these skills to communicate effectively and make meaning of the complexities of the world in which they live. At St Margaret’s, we place a great deal of emphasis on the acquisition of reading, spelling, and writing skills. This is achieved through the use of Jolly Phonics, a multi-sensory child-centred approach to teaching literacy.
Fostering a positive relationship with mathematics from an early age is of paramount importance; our investment in mathematical confidence in the Foundation Phase sets our girls on the road to success. The majority of the teaching of mathematics at St Margaret’s is done practically, and in small groups, thus ensuring that each girl has grasped the necessary concepts, before moving on to the next level. We use the Abacus Evolve Scheme to support the children’s learning.
History, Science, and Geography are explored through project work. Music, art, drama, and play are as important and vital to nurturing self-confidence and the power of the imagination. Outdoor skills are promoted through participation in sport, the daily use of the adventure playground, participating in active classroom sessions, and exploring the fairy garden; they add a wonderful richness to childhood at St Margaret’s. Our Life Skills curriculum develops the girls’ awareness of self and their place in the world. Thinking skills are infused into all aspects of the curriculum. Computers, iPads, and interactive whiteboards are used in lessons to prepare the girls to be 21st Century citizens.
Other subjects offered at St Margaret’s include: Afrikaans (1st Additional Language), isiZulu (1st Additional Language), Library and Information Skills, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Class Music, Art and Physical Education
All our girls are involved in the annual school play, as well as special assemblies, sports days, and swimming galas. St Margaret’s has its own heated swimming pool, tailor-made to the requirements of our younger girls. Outings, specialist visits, and special days form an important part of the curriculum.