Primary School: Grades 3 – 5

For Grade 3 – 5 children, we offer multi-grade educational experiences. We have developed courses that sometimes stretch over either two, or three grades.

A multi-grade environment is special and very stimulating. Older kids have the opportunity to cement in concepts that might have been lost in earlier years, and gain self-confidence by helping younger ones. Younger children have the opportunity to see how complexity grows with increased proficiency.

Course options

Presented by Captain Marié

Presented by Captain Clare

Presented by Captain Joanie

Maths

Grade 5 – 6: 

14:00 – 14:30

Grade 3 – 4: 

9:00 – 9:45

English

Grade 3 – 5: 

11:00 – 11:45

Afrikaans

Grade 3 – 5: 

10:00 – 10:45

Course options

Presented by Captain Marié

Presented by Captain Clare

Presented by Captain Joanie

Maths

Grade 5 – 6: 

14:00 – 14:30

Grade 3 – 4:

14:00 – 14:30

English

Grade 3 – 5: 

11:00 – 11:45

Afrikaans

Grade 3 – 5: 

10:00 – 10:45

Course descriptions

Mathematics

We will be bringing maths to life at the Explorers’ Club! We aim to create a fun, positive learning environment with a focus on real-world application problems. We aim to get learners to understand why maths is important and how it is relevant in our daily lives. 

Mathematics is important because it helps develop critical awareness of relationships in social, environmental, cultural and economic situations. It is required to help with communication, thinking, reasoning logically and application in daily life. It is used to investigate, analyse, represent and interpret. Mathematics helps us to pose and solve problems, it plays a role in real life circumstances, including personal development. Explorers’ Club Mathematics will be integrating this knowledge and these skills into a different themes using experiential learning that is real, responsive and emergent. 

In our course planning, we have incorporated the following:

Grade 3 – 4:

  • Numbers, operations and relationships
  • Patterns, functions, algebra
  • Space and shape (geometry)
  • Measurement
  • Data handling

 

Grade 5 – 6:

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers
  • Common fractions 
  • Length 
  • Properties of 2D and 3D objects
  • Geometric patterns 
  • Symmetry
  • Mass
  • Transformations
  • Temperature
  • Data handling 
  • Numeric patterns

English

English is such an important subject because it teaches us to communicate in various ways, most of which we encounter in our daily lives. It also teaches us critical thinking, a skill that is very important in today’s society. 

The aim is to use English to teach two main “umbrella” skills: 

  • Firstly, to think critically about what they see and read every day; and
  • Secondly, to be effective communicators. 

These are both crucial skills for modern living. Explorers’ Club English will be integrating this knowledge and these skills into different themes using experiential learning that is real, responsive and emergent. 

In our course planning, we have incorporated the following:

  • Listening and speaking: listening to varied text, how information from texts are received (prediction, opinions, questions, feedback), listening to others, responding to others.
  • Reading: reading varied texts (pronunciation phrasing, tempo) reading strategies, (predictions, contextual clues), vocabulary, stories (characters, plot, setting), short stories of own.
  • Writing: writing process and structure (grammar, spelling, punctuation), emotive words, first person narrative, using topic and supported sentences, use of visual aids.
  • Language: tenses, adjectives, verbs.

Afrikaans

Die Afrikaanse klas se doelwit gaan “kreatiewe en kragtige kommunikasie in konteks” wees. Ons gaan die volgende vaardighede deur middel van die studie en skep van verskeie tekste slyp om by die doelstelling uit te kom:

  • Luister en praat
  • Lees en kyk
  • Skryf en aanbied
  • Taalstrukture en -konvensies

Dit bevorder leerders se letterkundige vaardighede, estetiese aanvoeling en verbeelding, sodat hulle oor die vermoëns beskik om hul leefwêreld te herskep, beter te begryp en hul verbeelding kan gebruik om self doeltreffend te kommunikeer.

Meet our teachers!

Meet our amazing educators who are beautiful, innovative women, ready to take on a challenge and develop an exciting learning experience during lockdown.

They will share brave new worlds with your children, make them laugh, draw and write, and ignite their minds.

Captain Marié from Cape Town, South Africa

Hi, my name is Marié, I am a foundation phase and creative arts teacher currently living in Cape Town with my husband. I have a dance and theatre background and have recently returned to South Africa from Dubai, where I was lucky enough to teach children from all around the globe. I am passionate about holistic and healthy living, cooking (and eating) good, nutritious food by supporting local and sustainable farmers. I’m a performer at heart! Dancing and musical theatre light up my soul. DIY items are what my home is made of. Relationships and meaningful connections are what it’s all about.

Qualifications:

Mariè holds a Cum Laude Bachelors in Education degree specialising in Foundation Phase.

Captain Clare, from a small island in Indonesia

Hello Green School family. My name is Clare Acheson. I am a Life Science and Mathematics teacher. I studied Marine Biology and Oceanography but then went on to follow my passion in education. I aim to combine my love for the environment and education. I am in my element being in nature with friends- mainly surfing, hiking and camping. I am currently living in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia and am lucky to have a coral reef on my doorstep to explore and world-class waves in the background. I will be teaching Grade 5-8 Mathematics in Explorers’ Club. I am looking forward to having fun with you in the classroom!

Qualifications:
Clare holds a B.Sc in Marine Biology and Ocean and Atmospheric Science as well as a PGCE from the University of Cape Town.

Kaptein Joanie, van Qatar

Goeiedag! My naam is Joanie Venter. Ek, my man, Riaan, en ons twee brakke, Lizzy en Siya (Mthanda Kolisi) kom van Potchefstroom af. Musiek en enige vorm van kreatiwiteit inspireer my. Ek is ’n taalentoesias met ’n passie vir onderrig en leer. Ek geniet moderne taaltoffies en om te help om Afrikaans uit brei deur om nuwe woorde te vorm (so terloops, het jy geweet dat die Afrikaanse woord vir iets op Google naslaan, “Googleloer” is?). Die Verkennersklub se Afrikaanse klasse vir onderskeidelik Graad 3-5 en Graad 6-8 sal deur my behartig word. Ons klas gaan ons op verskeie avonture neem, waarvan die eerste reis deur die oseaan gaan wees.

Qualifications:

Joanie holds a BA Humanities and an Honours Degree in Language from the North-West University.

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