Lower School Curriculum
The Lower School (Grades R to 7) curriculum covers Mathematics, English, Setswana, Afrikaans, Science, Social Sciences, Music, Art, Drama and Physical Education, and includes organised and individual sport and cultural activities, and individual musical instrument lessons. Our teachers structure a dynamic learning environment that nurtures curiosity and develops enquiring minds and research skills among our students.
The Lebone II teaching and learning curriculum is a blend of CAPS and an International Incorporation approach to learning, and follows a constructivist approach. This means that during the process of learning, students acquire and apply critical thinking, research, self-management and communication skills.
In Grades 3 to 7 the units of enquiry – traditionally known subjects – are packaged into sections throughout the year. In addition to content, each unit focuses on skills such as language, reading and comprehension, allowing students to develop a host of skills during a unit. The units have clear concepts that students must explore, and the teacher ensures these are covered, while the student is given room to take the lead in parts of the lesson.
Grades 3 to 7 students are benchmarked on the International Benchmark Tests from Australia.
In Grades R to 2, students receive intentional teaching in English, Setswana, Mathematics, Afrikaans and Life Skills by using the enquiry approach, which incorporates organised learning activities and learning through play.
Lower School students don’t write exams but are continually assessed throughout the year. Parents receive detailed reports four times a year, giving them an in-depth assessment of areas of strength and areas that the student struggles with. Children are measured against their own performance and development.
Once a year parents are invited to a student-led conference where the students talk about their own learning and demonstrate the skills and knowledge that they have acquired.
Lower School - Code of Conduct
We believe that Lebone II - College of the Royal Bafokeng is a great place to learn, and that our students have a right to feel safe, happy and valued here.
In the Lower School all students subscribe to the Lower School Code of Conduct, which is designed to help them understand their rights and responsibilities at our school, and creates a support structure to assist them toward becoming responsible citizens.
Lebone II College - Lower School Code of Conduct
The 16 habits of mind
The Lebone II curriculum is also centred on our school’s values and the 16 habits of mind, which are the dispositions for successful learning. These 16 habits of mind are:
- Managing impulsivity
- Listening with understanding and empathy
- Thinking flexibly
- Thinking about your thinking (metacognition)
- Striving for accuracy
- Questioning and posing problems
- Applying past knowledge to new situations
- Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
- Gathering data through all senses
- Creating, imagining and innovating
- Responding with wonderment and awe
- Taking responsible risks
- Finding humour
- Thinking interdependently, and
- Remaining open to continuous learning
Sherpa Kids Aftercare
Lebone has partnered with internationally-accredited aftercare specialists, Sherpa Kids, to provide a creative, engaging, fun and secure environment for our learners on the school property after school hours and in the holidays. Sherpa Kids runs a full afternoon programme (to 6pm) which includes homework supervision, themed and structured activities, and outdoor play. Both lunch and snacks are provided in the afternoon.
Sherpa kids is the only internationally-benchmarked childcare (before school/after care/ holiday care/homework club) offering in South Africa, which is accredited by both ACEAQA (Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority) and OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education; Children’s Services and Skills) in the United Kingdom.