The transition from pre-school to more formal learning is a significant one for children. It can affect their interest, motivation at school and their future school success. PYMA implements literacy and numeracy programme as a gentle introduction to learning for grade 1 to 3.
This programme is a strategy to improve literacy and numeracy standards among children in Freedom Park. The inability to read, write and understand information can hugely affect children school performance and their post primary results. The programme runs Friday and Saturday each learner is required to attend at least 75% of the programme per term.
This programme is designed for foundation phase the grade 1 to 3 learners as it’s the significant opportunity to introduce learning. During these early grades children take their first step along their journey of lifelong learning. They have an inherent capacity to learn from early as grade 1 and the experiences they have in their homes and wider environment can influence their communication skills. Children often develop good literacy and numeracy skills if these abilities are fostered in a consistent way from their foundation to the second-level of education.
The Programme mainly focuses on Early Reading, learning phonics, Spelling, Comprehension skills, Vocabulary development and grammar. For numeracy we introduce number concept, measurements, additions, subtraction and multiplication.
Grade 1 Programme covers:
- Recognizing letter sound and names
- Writing letter sounds and names
- Shape recognition
- Identifying colors
- Learning behavior
- Hand and eye coordination
- Writing one’s own name
- Pencil grip
- Introduction to mathematics
- Phonics and Sounds
We know that while many students in our education system achieve very good standards of literacy and numeracy, a significant minority do not. In addition, many students acquire adequate skills but could do even better. The evidence is clear:
- Three in ten children (30%) have serious difficulty with reading or writing.
- Senior phase teachers have identified poor literacy levels as a barrier to accessing the post-primary curriculum and making a smooth transition into post primary school.
- Results show that 45% of youth lack the literacy skills to function effectively in today’s society.
- Repeated assessments of mathematics at primary level have revealed weak performance in important areas of the mathematics curriculum such as problem solving and measures.
- The proportion of students who are currently studying mathematics at higher level in post primary schools is disappointing and lack of confidence to approach the subject.
- Majority of post primary school learners choose not to do mathematics.
Phakamani Young Minds Academy set challenging targets for improvement that will require a comprehensive effort focused on the progress of every learner enrolled in the programme and also improving the core skills of literacy and Numeracy during the foundation stages of the education system. We foster an enjoyment of reading among children through pair reading. We promote better understanding of the critical importance of supporting the development of children’s ability to become effective communicators from their earliest grade. The programme is an influence so that each child progresses at his/her own pace.
This programme aims to create a culture of continuous improvement in Numeracy and Literacy and aiming for a minimum of 5% improvement from each learner per term.