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.


At the Preparatory school, we understand that each child is unique, original, and we strive to nurture their individuality through creative and holistic learning opportunities which are at the heart of the school. Our hand-picked teachers are dedicated and go “the second mile” to create a learning environment of purpose, set high expectations for success, and provide positive pastoral care which supports our children’s lifelong love of learning. The warm, caring ethos and happy children are what greet you when you enter the school and this sense of community fosters the spirit of collaboration in which our children courageously seize every opportunity to embrace learning, support one another, and work positively for the greater good of the community through our outreach programmes and philosophy, “We shall give back” We pride ourselves on creating a learning gateway to a world of opportunities for our children to learn, lead and serve.

— Chantelle Jonathan, Preparatory School Headmistress


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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.


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.