Stutterheim High School

We provide quality education for our children to reach their full potential in all spheres of life

Grade R - 3

Stutterheim High School Foundation Phase offers young learners an education of a high standard in a safe and happy environment. Their academic, physical and social needs are all met by a team of dedicated, experienced and qualified staff.

Our learners are given the opportunity to excel, not only in the classroom but also on the sports field, as we offer a wide variety of sports. Scholars also interact with children of different ethnicities, genders, cultures and disabilities in the classroom and on the playgrounds. This creates the opportunity to teach them how to respect and accept people from all walks of life. We are very proud of the little people who emerge from our Phase!

Subjects of the Foundation Phase

Like the whole school, we follow the CAPS curriculum. Our focus is on the development of listening and speaking, reading, phonics, writing and handwriting skills. Our approach for our language skills is for them to be integrated into all our other subjects. We have had wonderful success with the implementation of the Jolly Phonics Programme and have seen the benefit of this in our children's reading progress. As the amazing Dr Seuss so wisely said:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go”.

We believe that reading is the core component of learning and thus forms a very important part of our week. We begin each day with a reading period where the scholars are either read to; watch digital stories or read themselves. They also attend library/quiz lessons once a week to promote the reading and love of books and their general knowledge.

Our learners are given the choice between Afrikaans and IsiXhosa as a First Additional Language. The Grade 1s are exposed to both languages for the first term of Grade 1 and thereafter make a selection between the two.

Mathematics covers the CAPS recommended five content areas of:
  1. Numbers, Operations and Relationships
  2. Patterns, Functions and Algebra
  3. Space and Shape
  4. Measurement
  5. Data Handling
We place great emphasis on the importance of learning number bonds as our mathematical foundation as well as problem solving skills. We would like our learners to leave the Foundation Phase with the skill of being able to identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking with an established number concept.

Under the content area of Beginning Knowledge and Personal and Social Well-Being our learners are exposed to a variety of topics. They develop their sensory skills, as well as their fine and gross motor co-ordination, through our physical education and visual and creative arts programme. Learners attend art classes where different drawing and painting techniques are taught using a variety of media. They attend singing and drama classes and we present an annual concert where dancing and acting make up a large part of our creative arts. The holistic development of a child is critically important in the learning process and physical education classes play a vital role. We are very excited that we will be offering Monkeynastix as a component to our physical education programme from 2022.


LSEN is an acronym which stands for Learners with Special Educational Needs.

The Stutt High LSEN class is a place where every child has, without any form of discrimination, the opportunity and access to the love, fun and joy of quality education. We make use of the DCAPS curriculum which is flexible and our teaching methods can be differentiated to ensure each learner is able to progress and move forward to their next level or grade.

We develop personalities, talents and creativity as well as scholars' mental and physical abilities so that each and every little individual can grow and participate effectively and independently in society as adults. We focus particularly on practical assessments, encouraging learners to apply the knowledge and concepts which have been taught in the classroom. When it comes to learning and developing skills with language and numeracy, these concepts are individually introduced to each scholar. Movement activities form part of our daily routine including dance and active rhymes.

We are especially satisfied when we see the pride and joy which radiate from each of our scholars' faces when the opportunity arises to show off to any guests who visit our happy classroom. Each day we try to live up to our class motto "Let your light shine!" (Matthew 5:16)