OUR PREPARATORY SCHOOL

GRADES 1 TO 7

The Junior and Senior Preparatory cater for primary school students from Grade 1 to Grade 7. In Preparatory School we strive to ensure that our students develop a positive work ethic and gain skills that will equip them for life beyond school. It is our aim to assist in the development of students who are confident, independent and responsible. Our teachers strive to offer the best academic support throughout the year, as well as extensive activities for the students who strive to achieve over and beyond.

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MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD
"It is gratifying to see how the staff and the school community approach each of our students and their lifelong education from the perspective of striving to focus on each child – their strengths, their potential, their contribution and their uniqueness. "
Zain Strydom, Head of Reddford House Blue Hills

Reddford House Blue Hills offers students a superlative holistic educational programme, which offers a broad range of academic, cultural and sporting activities.

JUNIOR PREPARATORY:

Our teaching and learning programme reflects your child’s educational journey within a group setting. We offer a rich morning at school that includes a balance of both class teaching and specialist subjects. The students are actively involved in meaningful provocations that incorporate all areas of learning and development. The weekly class newsletter is a part of our documentation process and provides important information about our children’s learning process.

Although Reddford House follows the requirements of the South African National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS), our curriculum is enriched and extended in our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in Grades 1 to 3; the assessment and curriculum guidelines of the Independent Examination Board (IEB); subject specialist teaching and the incorporation of additional subjects like Additional Mathematics Extension and Robotics.

The academic timetable and the afternoon activities of the school function on a weekly programme and sports practices and fixtures are scheduled accordingly.

SENIOR PREPARATORY:

As our students enter this Phase in Grade 4 they are exposed to a more formalised educational environment; although being educated in a number of core learning areas, they are also taught other key subjects by specialist teachers. From Grade 4 onwards students are required to select between Afrikaans and IsiZulu as their First Additional Language choice. Similarly to the academic subjects, a strong focus is placed on our Arts and Culture learning programme, as students discover their inner voice and creative self through Visual Arts, Music, Creative Dance and Drama.

Grade 5–7 students are taught by specialist teachers and move between classrooms for the various subjects. Each student will be required to own a personal iPad (either an iPad Air1 or Air 2). Certain textbooks are also available in the form of eBooks to be loaded onto your child’s iPad. Daily use will promote the idea of technology and learning.

We offer an active academic programme under the scaffold of the South African National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS). Our curriculum is enriched and extended to strictly follow the assessment and curriculum guidelines of the Independent Examination Board (IEB).

GRADE 4 - 7 SUBJECTS

  • English (Home Language)
  • Afrikaans / IsiZulu (First Additional Language)
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science and Technology
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Life Orientation
  • Creative Dance
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Economic Management Science (Grade 7 subject choice)

The academic timetable and the afternoon activities of the school function on a weekly programme and sports practices and fixtures are scheduled accordingly.

GRADE TIME
Grade 1 - 3  
- Monday to Thursday 07:35 – 13:30
- Friday 07:35 – 13:00
Grade 4 - 6  
- Monday to Thursday 07:35 – 14:00
- Friday 07:35 – 13:30
Grade 7  
- Monday to Thursday 07:20 - 14:00
- Friday 07:20 - 13:30

Reddford House Blue Hills offers students a safe, secure aftercare programme that commences directly after the end of the school day. 

  • Our aftercare programme is offered for Grade 1 to 7 students.
  • Our Adventure Zone programme commences from directly after school until 17:30. Parents are able to collect children any time during the course of the afternoon.
  • Our children follow a varied programme in the afternoons with the aim of providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment.
  • Children receive a well-balanced meal at lunch time and an afternoon snack.
  • We also offer a Holiday Care Programme during the school holidays for parents who need to utilise these facilities.