OUR PREPARATORY SCHOOL | GRADES 1 TO 7

Our Junior Primary teachers work closely together, ensuring a smooth transition from Stage 5 to Grade 1. Small classes ensure that the start of formal schooling is exciting, caring, individualised and challenging, rather than daunting and overwhelming, allowing teachers to build upon a firm Stage 5 foundation.

We have customised our unique Reddam approach to teaching reading maximising children’s opportunities to learn. Our literacy programme includes developmentally appropriate instruction in which younger children learn about letter sounds, patterns and word structures combined with a meaning-focused instruction where students learn about vocabulary, text structure, discourse, genre and communication patterns.

Our numeracy programme is based on the Singapore math method which is focused on mastery achieved through intentional sequencing of concepts. Some of the key features of the approach include the concrete, pictorial, abstract progression, number bonds, bar modelling, and mental math.

Instead of pushing rote memorization, children learn to think mathematically and rely on their depth of knowledge gained in previous lessons. Singapore math not only helps children become more successful problem solvers, it helps them gain a sense of confidence and resourcefulness because it insists on conceptual depth. This naturally prepares children to excel in more advanced math in the senior primary.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE HEADMISTRESS
"Children are the heart of our school and so we are committed to developing a love of learning, inspired by quality teaching. We believe that what happens both inside and outside the classroom helps our students discover their passions and develop their talents. We work tirelessly to ensure that every student enjoys a stimulating and supportive learning environment which celebrates their unique character and capabilities, allows them to be themselves and enables them to achieve to the best of their ability. We pride ourselves on being stunningly good at what makes us distinctive: the warm caring and nurturing ethos of a close knit school community where excellent standards are the hallmark of everything we do. "
Penny Alston, Preparatory School Headmistress

CURRICULUM

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Reddam House Umhlanga offers a bespoke curriculum, including a broad range of academic, cultural and sporting activities. In a secure, relaxed, self-disciplined environment we nurture individuality, talent and self-assurance.

From an early age, students are introduced to a wide range of subjects to provoke their interest, develop their skills and knowledge. This, combined with our excellent teaching, encourages students to explore their understanding in a deeper and more transferable way.

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Classes are led by dynamic class teachers, who provide a powerful foundation across the core curriculum, supported by a number of subject specialists, bringing a richness to the curriculum.

Our subject offering for the Junior Preparatory Phase includes Drama, Music, Art, Creative Movement, Physical Education, Technology, Afrikaans, isiZulu.

Our subject offering for the Senior Preparatory Phase includes Drama, Music, Art, Creative Movement, Physical Education, Technology, French, Sports Science, French and isiZulu.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

To complement our academically rigorous curriculum, Reddam House Umhlanga offers an extensive programme of expressive and performing arts subjects and sports. It is mandatory for all students to participate in extra-curricular activities. This builds school spirit, sense of belonging and meaningful contribution to the school.

Our Sport and cultural offering include: Flipper Ball, Dance, Chess, Tennis, Cricket, Netball (indoor and outdoor), Soccer, Rugby, Swimming, Running/Walking Club, Cross Country, Hot 100, Hockey (indoor and outdoor), and Water Polo.