Curriculum

Whether the goal is to return to mainstream education or not, during their time at North Sands, students benefit from a learning environment led by specially trained teachers who are compassionate and dedicated to each unique student. The curriculum follows the standards set out by the GDE (Gauteng Department of Education) but is adapted to ensure that each child develops to their full potential, academically, socially, emotionally, culturally and physically. Students also benefit from the rustic grounds, which encourage tree climbing, fresh air, running and gardening.

Profile and Individual Education Plan (IEP)

At North Sands, each child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This IEP forms the cornerstone to enable quality education for children with learning challenges and is a truly individualised document, which is referenced throughout the year. In order to create an effective IEP, parents, teachers and support specialists come together to look closely at the student’s unique needs. These individuals then pool their knowledge, experience and commitment to design an educational program that will help the student be involved in, and progress in, the general curriculum.

The IEP covers topics such as current performance, annual goals, special education and related services, accommodations, participation in tests, needed transition services and measured progress.

Assessments

The school assessment day is normally on Fridays. Weekly assessments for Spelling and Maths are traditionally given on this day in the Foundation phase.

The Intermediate phase pupils are given cycle tests weekly or fortnightly in the first term. In the second term and final term, they are given an end of term exam. Children need to be exposed to a variety of assessment methods but a true assessment of the child will involve both formal and informal assessments.

When a child is ear marked to leave the school, possibly to be mainstreamed, we may recommend another full psychological and academic assessment.

Homework

We believe that the practice of doing homework is something which our children need to master, particularly if they are going back into a mainstream environment. We however do not give homework for homework’s sake.

The purpose of homework is to review class material and practice skills. As children complete their assignments, they become more invested in and responsible for their learning.

Homework places demands on children that help them develop mental skills. It demands that a child concentrates, follows directions, organizes materials, solves problems and works independently. Homework offers a way to show a growing sense of competence and independence. Additionally, homework helps forge a connection between school and home.

*Studies comparing students who completed homework versus those who did not, indicate that homework can help improve performance. Findings proved that the average homework completer had higher unit test scores than 73 percent of non-completers (Cooper, Robinson, & Patall, 2006). Thus, there is good evidence that doing homework not only reinforces concepts introduced in class; it may bolster academic achievement as well.

At North Sands we have a supervised Homework Period.

Aftercare

North Sands has an aftercare program, which is run by the school. It operates from 14h30 to 17h30 daily for R 1 500 per month. Healthy Lunches are offered at an additional cost. All the facilities of the school are available to the children in aftercare and pupils have the opportunity to play indoor or outdoor games, sit quietly and read or play with friends. All under constant, caring staff

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