School Information: Rallim
9 Deerhurst Drive, Sunningdale, Cape Town, 7441
Age 3 to Grade 7
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Type of School
We are an innovative private, English medium, co-educational
pre-preparatory and preparatory modern learning environment situated
in the beautiful suburb of Sunningdale close to the new Table Bay
Mall on Berkshire Boulevard along the West Coast of Cape Town. Our
doors opened in 2019 with students from 3 to 13 years in age in our
pre-preparatory and preparatory faculties with set plans in place to
open our secondary faculty in two years' time.
We follow the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach which values the child as strong, capable, resilient and rich with wonder and knowledge. Our flexible learning spaces are filled with natural light and glass with an indoor exploratory learning hub.
The Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in the Pre-Prep de-emphasises the utilisation of technology in this phase although our portable bank of iPads is frequently used for the documentation of our children's progress. However, the fundamentals of coding are formally introduced in our Grade 0 learning communities as detailed below.
Robotics in the Pre-Preparatory phase is a 'hands on' approach to learning, where students build and design simple mechanisms from their environment whilst 'learning through play' with Lego Simple Machines. Whilst building activities range from spinning tops to racing cars, skills learnt involve an integration of Mathematics, Science and Linguistics.
Coding skills are promoted through the use of the Sphero Bolt - a robotic ball that can be programmed to manoeuvre through specific paths, whilst displaying colour and sound effects. Coding lessons enhance logical and problem solving skills. Spheros are also used to investigate other the effects of other concepts like speed, direction and balance.
will be new goals for performance and cognition in education in the
future which Rallim Modern Learning Environment aims to achieve
through its flexible, open and adaptive architectural design as well
as its new models of learning.
At Rallim, we create a culture of continuous improvement and we subscribe to a deep commitment to innovation. . . in other words, Rallim continuously seeks to improve or develop new ways to more effectively impact on student learning.
In the Junior Preparatory phase, Robotics and Coding fosters a culture of collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking as well as problem solving amongst students during their Lego Simple Machines, Lego Wedo 2 and Sphero Bolt lessons. Robotics lessons build on simple engineering principles whilst promoting an interactive scientific and creative learning experience.
Students are also introduced to other coding languages like Code Spark and Scratch Junior where logic and coding concepts are enhanced.
In the Senior Preparatory phase, Robotics and Coding extends on the principles of coding and computational thinking already covered in earlier grades. The use of EV3 Robotics explores the application of autonomous robots. Robots are built with specific motors and sensors and coded according to Engineering principles to promote its functionality. Through the use of computational thinking, students learn to solve more complex problems systematically.
Arduino, an electronics platform which involve the use sensors, motors, switches, inputs and outputs, takes the world of Robotics to another level. Its application is integrated with Robotics and Science lessons.
we aim to achieve the explicit outcomes of the national curriculum
by acknowledging the unique competencies and capacities of children
through an engaging programme whereby we honour a broad range of
learning styles and in which we nurture a keen intellect, a sense of
curiosity and wonder, and a passion for learning. We believe in the
potential or the unrealised ability of every child. We actively
embrace the idea of each individual having a growth mindset and that
a student simply has not mastered a particular concept or skill. . .
Our framework for learning, Redesigning Education for the Future (REF21), is explicitly embedded within our curriculum design and mapping processes. It is thoughtfully developed in line with an enhanced national curriculum employing strategies of customised and innovative learning methods as well as a willingness to transcend traditional academic boundaries thereby creating deeper learning experiences and individualised pathways to success for the students. It is an interest-driven framework which is interdisciplinary in composition with a targeted focus on 21st Century skills.