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The transformative learning process at Amedeo is designed to help our learners grow both in and out of the classroom.

Each day is filled with opportunities to experience new educational and social situations for further development. Our teachers create a safe and open setting, where they can guide students in exploring the world around them.

Amedeo College follows a Mainstream Curriculum.

Amedeo College: Nurturing Individual Learning Styles with a Creative Curriculum

 

At Amedeo College, we recognize that each child has a unique development pace and learning style. As such, our teachers are well-versed in the diverse methods of assimilating knowledge and adjusting their lessons to cater to these different styles.

 

Our curriculum approach goes beyond the requirements of the statutory CAPS syllabus.With our qualified and well-equipped staff, we deliver a curriculum that is purposeful, imaginative, and measurable.

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Critical Thinking Techniques are taught & have the power to launch learners on an unforgettable learning experience while helping them develop new habits of Thought, Reflection & Inquiry.

Exploring the Importance of Critical Thinking with Amedeo College

At Amedeo, we believe that critical thinking is a crucial component of focused, careful analysis. More than ever, these 21st-century learning skills have become increasingly essential to success in school and beyond. Known as the "4 C's," they include Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communicating, and Collaborating. That's why we put such a strong emphasis on teaching these skills to our students and demonstrating their importance in real-world situations.

Discovering Personalized Learning at Amedeo

Amedeo provides a unique and supportive learning environment that caters to your child's individual needs. We make sure that each child is nurtured, both personally and academically, and regains their self-esteem. With small class sizes, every student at Amedeo receives a high-quality education while being valued, encouraged and respected. One of the most significant advantages of small class sizes is that it guarantees high-quality interaction between teachers and students.

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CAPS Curriculum

The Department of Basic Education is responsible for K12 education in South Africa, and the local curriculum is called CAPS.

This curriculum is divided into four phases:

Foundation Phase - first three years of schooling

Intermediate Phase

Senior Phase

FET.

EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE

What do we need to teach?

Rather than subjects driving the curriculum, it’s the needs of children that should determine the emphasis. It’s important that children learn what’s in the statutory curriculum, but most teachers know that children need much more than this. Balancing children’s needs with the statutory curriculum will always be a challenge, but instead of the two acting in opposition, we can ensure the content of the curriculum meets the needs of children and fulfills statutory requirements.

Amedeo College: A Place to Learn and Flourish

From the very beginning, our goal at Amedeo College has been to create a nurturing environment for all of our learners. Our dedicated staff and unique teaching approach help students grow personally and academically, pushing them to reach their full potential.

Introducing Amedeo Preparatory and High School

We understand that some students may find the traditional learning environment challenging, which is why we offer a progressive approach to education at Amedeo Preparatory and High School. We cater to students with learning potential, offering them a unique educational experience that can help them thrive.

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What is Statutory?

The statutory curriculum – what we have to cover in our schools – is set out in the CAPS. For each subject there are objectives. The objectives need to be divided up so that all aspects are covered at some point. It does not require repetition, but schools may choose to repeat some aspects if they wish. The program of study comprises the essential knowledge, skills, and understanding within subjects. It does require repetition, as it’s this part of the curriculum that leads to progress.

IMAGINATION
The planning for how the curriculum is to be delivered is key to engaging and inspiring children. We must ensure that all the skills that the children need to acquire are covered.

Principles for creative themes

When planning your creative themes it’s useful to keep certain principles in mind. These principles can be used to assess your themes once they’ve been created to ensure the consistency of principles across the school.

Make it real

The more real the learning experience, the more likely it is that children will engage. Try to make the theme real to children – it should not be abstract or too far removed from their experience. If something is based on the past, for example, try to think of the legacy it has left and start with that.

Try a stimulus of some description: a visit, visitors, artifacts, books, videos, situations, plays, etc. The wider the range of stimuli, the more likely it is that children will engage with the theme.

 

Provoke

By planning a ‘skeleton’ theme based on our curriculum map, we ensure educational purpose, but the content needs also to be steered by children.  We need to provoke children into taking an interest in both what we’ve planned for them, and related things that they find interesting along the way. This is not the same as asking children what they would like to learn. When children don’t know what they want to learn or what they can’t do, it can be a pointless exercise. Asking children what they want to learn also assumes that they can articulate it. Most worryingly, though, asking children what they want to learn may lead to a situation that keeps children in a world that they’ve already experienced and not into the new worlds teachers can take children based on their needs rather than their wants. Having said this, we do want children to feel part of the process. We give lots of provocation to stimulate their interest and imagination and allow children to steer rather than lead learning.

We use a stimulus at the beginning of the theme to provoke lines of inquiry from the start. We allow the children’s inquiries to steer the theme’s direction. We respond to lines of inquiry that come up later in the theme – not all children will be provoked at the same time.

Allow time and space

If we are to provoke lines of inquiry, then children need space and time to follow them.

  • Try planning for about half of the time you expect your plan to last.

  • Try to allow time for children to explore their chosen lines of inquiry.

Be Flexible

Don’t let timetables get in the way, especially at the ‘launch’ of a theme.

  • Try collapsing the timetable at the beginning of a theme.
    Try to hook the interest of children and secure their commitment through a dramatic start.

  • Try to pull the theme together at the end.

PLANNING FOR MEASURABLE  EDUCATIONAL VALUE

Some schools make a mistake in thinking that planning a purposeful and engaging curriculum will raise standards. It won’t.  To ensure the content is right and that children are engaged, another step is needed – that is to plan for what you want children to accomplish as a result of this purposeful and engaging curriculum.

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