Transitioning from the foundation phase can be a bit of an adjustment for children. However, with planning and assisting your child to understand how the Flex model works, they can reach the full potential in preparation for high school.
Unlike the foundation phase, the Flex model or intermediate phase give scholars more independence, which allows them to think and participate in their own learning. This helps scholars to gain critical thinking skills, which they will require for the job market. The Flex model starts from Grade-4 to Grade-7
SPARK Ferndale assistant principal Ntombikayise Gontyeleni shares strategies on how to help your child do well in Flex.
Flex is a learning model that combines direct instruction with a teacher and online learning. The students have a higher degree over their own learning, as they have to work independently. They also learn how to collaborate with other students, as they get divided into different ability groups and transition into different modalities. Flex also promotes self-directed learning.
The Flex model promotes independence, empowers scholars to think for themselves, take initiative, pace themselves and take ownership of their own work. This is to prepare scholars for the next phase of their schooling life, which is high school. Unlike primary school where scholars get a lot of assistance from the teacher, in high school scholars are expected to be responsible for their own school work.
The subjects that scholars do in Flex are literacy, Maths, Physical Education, First Additional Language Isizulu (Gauteng, Isixhosa (Western Cape), Social Science and Natural Science.
To help your child transition from the foundation phase to Flex it is important to get involved as a parent and take part in their learning process.