Blouberg Ridge Primary School
Our pupils are taught how to use a computer using fun exercises, as well as making use of other software such as Cami Maths and Readers are Leaders. Lessons consist of “Tech Talk” where pupils learn computer technology, typing lessons using 2Type, and then the main part of the lesson is an exercise where pupils are taught to use various programs like Microsoft Office. Our lessons are now including reading and mathematics exercises to improve our literacy in both subjects. Some computer lessons are allocated to finding information for projects. Each year our pupils do a computer assessment and receive a computer report.
Our school Library contains 18 898 books. The books are divided into
categories and are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal classification system.
All books are colour-coded as follows:
Black label – Teacher’s resources only
Black and green label – Super Senior Fiction (For grades 6 and 7 only)
Grade 7 label – Books for grade 7’s only which will be found in the black and green section
Green label – Senior Primary Fiction (For grades 4-7 only)
Red and green label – Junior Primary Fiction (For Grade 3 only)
Red label – Easy English reading books (For grade 1 and 2’s only.) These readers are found in the kinderboxes which are only made available for grades 1 and 2.
Yellow label – Junior Primary Afrikaans (Grade 1, 2 and 3)
Navy label – Senior Primary Afrikaans (Grade 4, 5, 6 and 7)
White label – All Xhosa books in our library are marked with white tape.
All non-fiction books have no colour code however they have the appropriate Dewey classification number on them (otherwise known as a call number.)
Pupils visit the school library once every cycle.
The library is open at first break for grades 2, 3 and 4 and at second break for grades 5, 6 and 7. The library will be closed every Friday.
The library is open after school on a Tuesday afternoon until 15:30. Pupils may use this time to do research, homework or to simply enjoy a good book!
Blouberg Ridge Primary School can pride itself in its approach and the high standard it has delivered over the past number of years with regard to the Science and Technology curricula.
The subjects are now integrated and place great emphasis on the environment, understanding our role in the environment and learning innovative ways of lessening our carbon footprint. Constant exploration, investigation and testing takes place in Science with the goal of reading sound conclusions.. This is to better understand the world around us. Similarly,Technology allows the pupils to focus on practical solutions that would apply a scientific approach to a variety of scenarios. At Blouberg Ridge we have used the “recycled material approach as part of our contribution to an Eco-friendly philosophy.
Blouberg Ridge Primary School has an room in which grades one through to seven have the opportunity to create art. The facility seats 36 pupils at large easel tables. There is a washbasin in which children are encouraged and taught to wash dirty items after use. The children are also encouraged to set up for the lesson following theirs.
We have a vibrant music department at Blouberg Ridge Primary School. The music department provides tuition in piano, recorder and vocals. Pupils receive 25 minutes tuition classes per two week cycle. It consists of 66 private music pupils, two choirs, two marimba bands, one recorder band and vocalists. We have three bands: marimba band, percussion band and the recorder band (orchestra). Auditions are conducted at the beginning of each year to fill the various positions. The melodious sounds of our singers are found in the senior choir. (105 in total) and the junior choir (60 in total).The choirs participate in various concerts (kykNET & Musicals) and festivals (West Coast Song Festival) during the year. The Tygerberg Eisteddfod gives the choirs, pupils and bands an opportunity to showcase their talents.
Various external examiniations (Trinity, UNISA, Royal Schools) are written and performed by the piano pupils.