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There is a raging panic, to put it mildly, among teachers because of the new CAPS document. I’ve been to a meeting, have a document of sorts in my paw, and have summarised the salient points below:
CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement)

  • Simplification of the old system – main language, second language, maths, life skills.
  • More time allocation for main language. Emphasis on phonics in teaching reading.
  • Emphasis on phonics in teaching reading.
  • Life skills = personal and social well-being, creative arts (visual and performing), physical education.
  • FAL (First Additional Language) from grade 1. A third language is optional and does not have to be from grade 1 but is recommended from grade 4 to give pupils options in high school. Big emphasis on ORAL in the FP. 2/3 hrs per week from grade 1. (That’s a lot!)
  • More structure to the year in terms of assessment, and week (weekly and daily planning), and more guidance to be given in all of these areas. Practical timetables, time allocations, etc.
  • Emphasis on group teaching, esp in maths.

So you can see already how the ANT BOOKS are one step ahead of the crowd already!

  1. WRT the FAL in grade 1, we have a new INTRODUCTORY SERIES, which can of course be used in grades 2 and 3 also – whenever you decide to introduce your new language. We’ll be focusing on Afrikaans and Zulu, with English as well. So far we have POSTERS and FLASHCARDS, and an accompanying workbooks for consolidation – all at a simple level.
    BIG BOOKS based on our themes.
    CDS of sing-along songs and rhymes
  2. And now for the PHONICS! We have a fabulous new READER SERIES called <u>“Sounds Wild”</u> – check it out, and ‘do’ phonics in context.

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