Reading is emphasised at the school. Each day is started with a period of reading, where pupils grouped according to ability are taught to hone their reading and comprehension skills.
Assessment of Pupil’s Performance
In Grade R to Grade 2 pupils are evaluated and assessed through a process of continuous assessment. Academic as well as physical, emotional and social development is evaluated and assessed. In Grade 3 the process is the same as for Grade R to Grade 2 but some formal testing is introduced.
Grades 4 to 7 have school tests during the first and second school terms and examinations in the third term. Tests and examinations in conjunction with class tasks and activities are part of the continuous assessment undertaken throughout the year in these Grades.
Grade 7 pupil’s also sit the Zambian National Grade 7 Certificate examinations, usually written in October / November of each year.
Reporting on assessment
All pupils are given three reports a year, one per term. A Consultation Day between parents and teachers, on a one-on-one basis is held at the end of the first term and at mid – term in the second term. However, parents are encouraged to be in regular communication with the
teachers concerning their child’s progress at school. Book Home days are held every term, when a pupil’s books are sent home for inspection and comments by parents.
The Special Needs class is there to help children who may have a learning difficulty that affects their reading, spelling, writing or number work. The full time Special Needs teacher works closely with the class teacher, the parents and, in some cases, the educational psychologist or occupational therapist, to help the child overcome or learn to cope with difficulties.
The children attend lessons with the Special Needs teacher on an individual basis or in small groups during non-critical class time and during afternoon activity time if necessary.
A well-stocked library provides pupils with access to fiction in support of reading skills as well as for recreational reading. Non-fiction books are available for research purposes. Classes visit the library every week to exchange books taken out on loan.
The school is cognisant of the critical role played by technology in daily life and our responsibility to expose pupils to appropriate technology not only in support of teaching and learning but also in preparation for participation in the “global village” environment in
which they will one day live and work. Therefore classes visit the Computer room each week to learn keyboard skills and develop user skills in terms of the Microsoft Office suite of programmes. These skills are taught in a progressive manner from junior classes upwards. In addition the school has tablets which can be used in class to support teaching and learning.