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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.


Whenever the government brings out a ‘new education policy’, I get the teensiest bit anxious: NOW what will they do?
But this time, there is a great deal that is positive. And the best thing of all? PHONICS gains huge importance.
“In a study in the UK, it was found that pupils in primary schools in Scotland were two years ahead of their English counterparts. The difference? In Scotland, there was a big emphasis on PHONICS, while in Engand there wasn’t. In England, it is now national policy to teach 20 MINUTES OF PHONICS A DAY in the foundation phase.’
And now it’s happening here. And not before time. You teach phonics – and you give your children another tool to use in deciphering written work, which leads to better reading and spelling.
So you should be teaching phonics, and now the government agrees with me! :)

  • Teach phonics daily (see our timetabling suggestion)
  • Teach it beyond grade 3 – keep on into the higher primary school until your children know ALL their sounds
  • Teach it using:
    • Ant Books Phonics Levels 1 and 2
    • “Pocket Ants” Phonics for grades 2 and 3
    • “Sounds Wild” Reader Series

We provide many ideas for other activities to make the whole process enjoyable for you and the children! (Free activity programme with all phonics orders.)

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