Our academic programme at Epworth starts in the Pre-Primary where we provide the boys and girls, from Grade RRR, with experiential learning that is underpinned by the soundest educational principles.
The Grade R School Readiness Programme includes numeracy, literacy and life skills, and sees this grade attend weekly Computer, Music, Drama, Library and Physical Education lessons, preparing them for ‘big’ school and enabling for easy transition to Grade 1.
At Epworth Preparatory School, we believe that teaching children in a natural, co-educational environment prepares the children for life, where the natural context facilitates healthy gender interaction and creates a balanced curriculum.
Through our academic programme, we uncover the children’s individual strengths in a nurturing environment, offering a balanced education programme that enables critical thinking and problem-solving, while emphasising the development of basic skills as a foundation of all learning.
Information Technology, Life Orientation, Design and Technology, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education are all part of our daily educational programme.
Epworth Preparatory School does not follow the norm in academics, with regard to rigid scoring, awarding of places in class and prize-giving ceremonies. We do not have a prefect system or Head Boy, Head Girl or dedicated sports captains.
While academic excellence is highly valued and attained by our pupils, the competitive aspect of mark-driven recognition is not practised in general. Self-motivation and the acquisition of core skills, that can be transferred across many learning areas, is encouraged. Leadership roles are spread right across the entire Grade 7 class, throughout the year, focused on teaching responsibility to all children. This approach makes for less stressful and pressured learning, where every individual can develop their potential, at their own pace.
Only one award is given at the end of the Grade 7 year in the Prep School, and that is for good fellowship, which is largely decided by student vote.
Our class work has a strong theme base, which includes all the arts. Lessons are planned with language across the curriculum in mind and the younger classes follow Time2Read and the Ginn Reading Scheme. The Caper programme is also followed, which is a co-operative reading partnership between pupil, parent and teacher.
To find out more, and to book a tour, please email [email protected] or call us on 033 846 2580.