Our Academics

Active Learning

At Summerwood Primary School, we believe that an effective education doesn’t just come from memorizing or lecturing. Active participation in the learning process entails analyzing, discussing and collaborating - in order to comprehend and retain. All of our courses are designed to encourage deep mental processing and learner engagement with the class material. This is why Summerwood Primary School is consciously  going to emphasize integrating The Habits of the Mind and using Thinking Maps with our curriculum in 2022.


We also believe that 21st Century Learning Skills should be integrated with the CAPS Curriculum. We maintain a high level of IT-teaching and learning at Summerwood Primary School. We follow the nationally acclaimed "Knowledge Network" curriculum and write external examinations from Grades 4 - Grade 7. The teachers use Microsoft Teams for teaching and learning, Summerwood has also embarked on using CAMI Web, a flexible and sophisticated  web-based Mathematics system where learners can practise their Mathematics skills anywhere and anytime.

We have three distinct learning phases at Summerwood Primary School: The Foundation Phase, the Intermediate Phase and the Senior Phase.

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Three Distinct Phases

We follow the CAPS Curriculum Statement and Revised Annual Teaching Plan.

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Foundation Phase

The following subjects are offered in the Foundation Phase (Grades 1 to 3):

  • English  / Afrikaans Home Language

  • English / Afrikaans First Additional Language

  • Life Skills

  • Mathematics

  • Isixhosa Second Additional Language

Intermediate Phase

The following subjects are offered in the Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 to 6):

  • English Home Language

  • English / Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal

  • Life Skills

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Sciences and Technology

  • Social Sciences

Senior Phase

The following subjects are offered in the Senior Phase (Grades 7 to 9):

  • English Home Language

  • Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Sciences

  • Social Sciences

  • Technology

  • Economic Management Sciences

  • Life Orientation

  • Creative Arts

"There are two educations.  One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."


John Adams

"Education is not the preparation for life; education is life itself."


John Dewey

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"Learn continually - there is always one more thing to learn."

- Steve Jobs




1.    Macario Human

2.    Amy Dersley Graham

3.    Anje Bodemer

4.   Kai Stone

5.   Michael Ferreira

6.    Mia Prinsloo

7.    Leona Breitfeld

8.   Lily Cuff

8.  Saeed Ally

10.Carla Lubbe

The Purposes and Principles of CAPS- Grades R to 12

The transformative learning process at Summerwood Primary School is designed to help our students grow both in and out of the classroom.


Each day is filled with opportunities to experience new educational and social situations to further development.


Our teachers create a safe and open setting, where they can guide students in exploring the world around them.

Therefore; Summerwood supports the following CAPS Purposes and Principles:

The National Curriculum Statement Grades R-12 serves the PURPOSES of:


  • Equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for self-fulfilment, and meaningful participation in society as citizens of a free country;

  • Providing access to higher education;

  • Facilitating the transition of learners from education institutions to the workplace; and

  • Providing employers with a sufficient profile of a learner’s capabilities.


The National Curriculum Statement Grades R-12 is based on the following PRINCIPLES:


  • Social transformation: ensuring that equal educational opportunities are provided for all sections of the school population;

  • Active and critical learning: encouraging an active and critical approach to learning, rather than rote and uncritical learning of given truths;

  • High knowledge and high skills: the minimum standards of knowledge and skills to be achieved at each grade are specified and set high, achievable standards in all subjects;

  • Progression: Content and context of each grade shows progression from simple to complex.