Foundation, Intermediate & Senior Phase


Children in class

Children reading a story

Woodridge Preparatory Foundation Phase Class

The aim of the Academic Programme at Woodridge Preparatory is to develop confident, happy, motivated and engaged children, who are able to question, think critically, work collaboratively and independently, and form their own opinions about the world they live in. Our thematic approach to teaching and learning ensures that essential real-life skills are at the heart of the curriculum. We actively seek to make use of our immediate surroundings as a stimulus for learning, and outdoor education and experiential learning lie at the heart of our child-centred curriculum. We provide our pupils with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding needed to be successful in an ever-changing world, whilst encouraging them to develop the positive attitudes and values needed to make a meaningful contribution to society.

The academic year is divided into two semesters: January – June and July – November. Full academic reports are emailed to parents in June and November. Students are assessed in a variety of ways, both formatively (through continuous ongoing assessment for learning) and summatively (through scheduled assessments at the end of each theme). Grade 7 pupils write examinations in May and November. The academics is run by a committee comprised of the Headmaster, Head of Foundation Phase and the Deputy Headmaster.

Our holistic education approach considers all aspects of the child. Their social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being are nurtured by our caring staff alongside their academic development. We stress the importance of moral values, respect and empathy for others and the need to make a difference in the world around them. Each pupil is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability in every aspect of school life. We strive to meet the learning needs of all children and have a dedicated learning support team on campus, consisting of Remedial Therapists; an Auditory, Speech & Language Therapist; an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Kumon.   


In the Foundation Phase, the emphasis is on developing the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, spelling and Mathematics. Our thematic, cross-curricular teaching allows pupils to learn and consolidate these real-life skills in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. We encourage our young pupils to explore the world around them, ask questions, begin to form opinions and develop critical thinking skills in a healthy environment. Our aim is to lay the foundation for our pupils to enter the Intermediate Phase as confident and open-minded pupils. Subject specialists deliver ICT, Art, Xhosa, Music, Library, Drama and Physical Education. Links across the curriculum are made wherever possible and all activities are planned and delivered to maximise first-hand experience through experiential learning and the use of different learning styles. We take full advantage of our unique setting, giving the children opportunities to explore and develop their curiosity and wonder of the natural world, emphasizing the importance of outdoor education. Regular excursions and visits by outside specialists enrich the curriculum and ensure learning is relevant and meaningful. 


Children arrive at school with minds full of curiosity, imagination and the need to understand the world. It is our duty to ensure that we fulfil these needs and through our academic programme, develop confident pupils who can question, think critically, work independently and collaboratively, and make their own assumptions about the world they live in. We strive to uphold a child-centred approach and make learning relevant, engaging and meaningful through the implementation of holistic education methods. Our aim is to foster a love for learning and provide pupils with the skills and attitudes necessary to become confident life-long learners. We strongly believe a thematic approach to teaching and learning, along with a healthy environment, and in so doing, providing a rich foundation for developing these skills.

As outlined earlier, the thematic approach ensures that essential real-life skills are at the heart of the curriculum, while we make full use of our immediate surroundings to enrich our teaching, outdoor education and experiential learning. We make every effort to link learning to real-life skills contexts and our cross-curricular topics ensure that what the children learn is motivating, challenging and relevant. We understand that children have different learning styles and so endeavour, wherever possible, to differentiate our teaching to accommodate these needs through a holistic education approach. 

From Grade 4 to 6 there is an emphasis on Mathematics and English, while all classes do Afrikaans (1st additional language), Xhosa, Information Technology, Art and Class Music. All other subjects are incorporated into the theme being covered at any specific time. In Grade 7, more focus is placed on individual subjects and pupils study Mathematics, English, Afrikaans (1st additional language), Information Technology, Physical Science, Natural Science, Social Science, Economic Management Sciences, Life Orientation, Art and Class Music.