Primary School Life at Elsen
Every child has access to counselling or play therapy, if this has been recommended, as well as the Neuronet programme in Grades 1-3 and the online remedial reading programme in Grades 1 – 7. The pupil/teacher ratio is 6:1 which allows for a more personalized approach in the classroom. Our multi-disciplinary team led by our SENCO, is always on hand to offer any advice or support to parents. Proper exam preparation ensures that pupils are well-prepared and organised and concessions such as separate venues or scribes are also provided, within our resources and if a proper diagnosis such as dyslexia, has been made by a professional, and the recommendation is stated.
Elsen uses an integrative, tailored programme that aims to develop phonological, literacy, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills in a fun an inclusive environment. The three main learning areas are language, mathematics and life skills that include creative arts and physical education. We create opportunities for personal and intellectual growth so that learners can become well-rounded individuals.
Learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. We teach them how to apply the skills and concepts they have learned. We create a safe environment to develop creativity and critical thinking by encouraging children to ask questions, establish independent behaviour, provide additional and tailored support systems to develop and grow the learner’s individuality and strengths.
What if my child is not able to manage the academic curriculum?
Your child is placed according to the amount of support and intervention needed. Categories 1 – 3 involve mainstream with some supportive therapies or interventions (if necessary). Category 4 refers to mainstream with some modified areas and/or exam concessions. If your child is on a category 4 and is still not coping adequately, Elsen offers vocational education (ABET). Created with the objective to develop our children into independent, skilled and productive adults. We focus on 3 main areas, i.e. literacy, functional maths and life skills. We also offer woodwork, cooking, computer literacy, and gardening. Read More about our Vocational Curriculum here