The journey at Roedean begins in Grade 0 in the magical environment of St Margaret’s, home to the Foundation Phase. Here, the Grade 0 Squirrels and Hedgehogs are gently introduced to school life, before transitioning into Grades 1 -3 and the formality of ‘big’ school. During this phase, the class teachers and classroom assistants focus on the overall wellbeing of each girl, ensuring happy and stimulating learning experiences.
As the girls grow up and become more independent, they graduate up the hill to the Upper Junior School. Here, the focus is on developing each girl’s unique strengths, creating a love of learning, and encouraging curiosity, tenacity, friendship, physical activity, problem solving, and social justice.
The talents and passions of our teachers, the personal qualities of each girl in their care, and our stimulating educational approach underpin success at Roedean. Our founding values of Truth, Honour, Freedom and Courtesy are the cornerstones for encouraging resilient, life-long, self-directed learners, who are able to work collaboratively in striving to live an authentic life of significance.
In the Foundation phase, class teachers and classroom interns focus on the overall wellbeing of each girl, ensuring a happy and stimulating experience. As the girls grow up and become more independent, they graduate up the hill to the Upper Junior School. Here, the essential focus is to create an environment that will develop, in each girl, a passion for learning, enabling her to achieve her very best.
Success at Roedean is underpinned by the passion and talents of our teachers, the personal qualities of each girl in their care, and in our strong, value-based educational approach. Our founding values of, Truth, Honour, Freedom and Courtesy are the cornerstones for encouraging resilient, life-long, self-directed learners, who are able to work collaboratively in striving to live a truly honest life of significance. From Grade 0, we allude to our founding values, as we help the youngest members of our community begin to navigate their way through life.
The Cognitive Education Programme underpins the entire curriculum at Roedean, from Grade 0 to Matric, and plays a large part in building an effective learning community, with the goal of producing independent, creative, critical, reflective, and ethical thinkers who will be equipped to thrive in the rapidly changing world in which they will work and live. The programme aims to develop and enhance the girls’ ability to exercise metacognition, reason logically, think strategically, solve problems, innovate, create, and imagine, and to communicate effectively.
We instil a love for reading from the very start of Grade 0, so that by the time our girls leave St Margaret’s (our Foundation Phase) they are confident, fluent readers. Using Jolly Phonics, a multi-sensory programme that teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics, our girls are soon decoding words and expressing themselves in writing. The programme continues throughout the school years, by extending the earlier phonics teaching with further spelling, grammar, and punctuation concepts in the Jolly Grammar Programme.
After their grounding in St Margaret’s, the girls migrate up the hill into the Upper Junior School. Teaching and learning in the separate subjects is complemented by our commitment to current National and Global initiatives and programmes that enhance learning. We have also implemented the Steerglobal AS Tracking tool, which allows us to monitor the mental well-being of our girls, to identify girls who are at emotional risk, and to intervene and provide the necessary support as early as possible.
Our aim is to provide a world-class education that centres around the holistic development of each girl and offers equality of opportunity, ensuring that every girl is included, supported, and that no girl gets left behind. The curriculum in the Junior School has moved away from a traditional approach, providing many challenges, and engaging our girls in solving problems, applying themselves creatively, and expressing their understanding effectively.
Our IT staff create a variety of interactive learning opportunities with the aid of computers, iPads, drones, virtual reality goggles, Sphero Robots, Lego Robotics and Bee-Bots, to list but a few. Our IT curriculum is constantly evolving and our girls are introduced to relevant and up-to-date technology to create real world learning experiences. With exposure to a plethora of online platforms, it has become imperative to ensure that our girls are taught to be smart digital citizens who are safe and ethical online. To assist in this endeavour, our girls follow the CyberSharp Digital Citizenship Curriculum.