Rijk Tulbagh is an independent mainstream school. We follow the guidelines of the CAPS curriculum, but enhance it as necessary. Rijk Tulbagh offers a dynamic and invitational atmosphere where learners enjoy school and develop a love for learning. In classes with a maximum of 20 learners per class, we are able to acknowledge the potential of each learner to reach their optimum ability and therefore we emphasise individual achievement. Rijk Tulbagh creates opportunities for personal growth in independence, responsibility and self-confidence.

Foundation Phase (Grade R-3)

In the foundation phase, focus is placed on the acquisition of skills, concepts and knowledge that are essential for further excellent learning.

The three main LEARNING AREAS in the foundation phase are:

  • Home language (English or Afrikaans) and first additional language (English or Afrikaans)
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills

Learners receive a report at the end of each term. Continuous assessment is done throughout the term to monitor progress. Formal assessment is carried out twice a term, usually in week 5 and week 8. Reports are sent home on the last day of school of each term.

Formal assessment includes:

1. Languages: Afrikaans and English

  • Prepared orals
  • Individual reading
  • Language tests (grammar, language use and structure, use of correct tenses etc.)
  • Phonics and dictation test
  • Phonics activities
  • Comprehension
  • Listening tests
  • Creative writing assignments
  • Handwriting

2. Mathematics:

  • Numbers, operations and relationships: Counting activities, ordering and comparing of numbers, fractions, solving problems etc.
  • Pattern tests: Numbers and geometrical
  • Space and shape: 2D, 3D
  • Measuring: Time, calendars, mass, length, capacity
  • Data handling: Bar, pie, line graphs etc.

3. Life Skills:

  • Formal Life Skills test: Covering the term’s topics
  • Personal and social well-being: Related to the term’s work
  • Physical education: Fitness and fun
  • Creative arts: Technology, class music and visual art

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-6) / Senior Phase (Grade 7)

Ons heg groot waarde aan die opdoen van vaardighede en die bewusmaking van ingesteldhede en waardes tydens die onderrig van die kurrikulum. Ons doel is om ons leerders toe te rus met die nodige selfvertroue om probleme kreatief op te los en duidelik en effektief daaroor te kan kommunikeer.

Die klein klasse (nie meer as 20) stel ons onderwysers in staat om betekenisvol met ons leerders interaktief te werk en te verseker dat elke leerder tot sy/haar volle potensiaal ontwikkel.

Die nasionale kurrikulum dien as ‘n riglyn, maar ons akademiese program is daarop ingestel om ons leerders in al die leerareas uit te daag, veral die tale, Wiskunde en Natuurwetenskap. Alhoewel elke leerarea sy eie uitdagings en waardes het, glo ons dat daar ‘n betekenisvolle interaksie kan plaasvind met kruisbestuiwing van ander kurrikulums om dit te alle tye tot voordeel van ons leerders te laat strek.

In the intermediate and senior phases, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations, but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a main focus, aiming to prepare learners for high school.

LEARNING AREAS in the intermediate phase (Grade 4-6) are:

  • Home language (English and Afrikaans)
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences (History/Geography)
  • Life Skills (Life Orientation/Arts and Culture)
  • Computer Literacy

LEARNING AREAS in the senior phase (Grade 7) are:

  • Home language (English and Afrikaans)
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Technology
  • Social Sciences (History/Geography)
  • Life Orientation
  • Arts and Culture
  • Economic and Management Sciences
  • Computer Literacy

Both informal assessment (assessment for learning) and formal assessment (assessment of learning) are done according to an assessment plan. In both cases regular feedback is provided to learners to enhance the learning experience. Learners receive a report at the end of each term. Assessment includes class tests, projects and other activities during the term which will be included in the report mark. At the end of terms 1 and 3 a formal test series is written on the whole term’s work and at the end of terms 2 and 4 a formal exam is written about the work of the previous six months.

Home Languages 50%
Mathematics 50%
Learners have to pass all three of the above-mentioned learning areas.

Social Sciences 50%
Natural Science and Technology 50%
Life Skills 50%

Promotion to the next grade will be based on the year mark.

Home Languages 50%
Mathematics 50%
Learners have to pass all three of the above-mentioned learning areas.

Social Sciences 50%
Natural Science 50%
Technology 45%
Life Orientation 45%
Arts and Culture 45%
Economic and Management Sciences 50%

Learners have to pass five of the six above-mentioned learning areas.