A Unique Approach

SPARK Schools offers a uniquely individualised educational opportunity for students because of the focus on each student’s needs in the classroom and using online learning.

Personalised Learning

Blended Learning

The blended learning model is a combination of teacher-directed learning in the classroom and technology-based learning in the Learning Labs, which supports the scholars to achieve globally competitive academic results. The model enables teachers to make data driven decisions about how to personalise learning for scholars. Scholars experience one-on-one teaching, small group learning or whole group instruction, based on their individual requirements, during the school day.

Flex Model

The Flex Model is a form of personalised learning that is used in the Intermediate Phase of SPARK Schools for Grades 4 to 7. Students move through an individually customised schedule learning Literacy, Maths, Natural Science and Social Science and a First Additional Language through different modalities. The aim of the model is to create autonomy and purpose in learning, improve mastery of objectives, build intrinsic motivation in students and promote daily reflections to prepare students for university.

Curriculum

SPARK Schools are aligned to South African national standards and seek to extend student learning to meet international grade level standards. Therefore, each curriculum used encompasses the requirements of the CAPS curriculum and deepens student knowledge to make SPARK scholars globally competitive. Our curriculum is based on dynamic and individualised teaching, which ensures that scholars are learning the curriculum in new ways that are interesting for them.

Math

In maths, students are taught according to Scholastic’s PRIME curriculum, which is based upon the rigorous maths standards of Singapore, the Republic of Korea, and Hong Kong. The curriculum builds student capacity to problem solve, and the assessments in the PRIME curriculum require students to employ critical thinking to demonstrate success.

isiZulu & isiXhosa

SPARK scholars’ second taught language is taught according to the scope and sequence laid out in the South African national curriculum. We do not teach Afrikaans at any of our schools in the network. We offer isiZulu as the additional language at all SPARK schools in Gauteng and isiXhosa at our school in the Western Cape, because they are the most populous previously marginalized African languages of their provinces.

Literacy

In literacy, students progress through reading and writing according to criterion scales based on Britain’s literacy standards. As required by the South African national curriculum, all students study life skills, natural science, and social science. At SPARK Schools, we integrate these subjects into literacy so that the themes of each life skill, natural science, and social science unit are explored through reading and writing.

Physical Education

At SPARK Schools we are focused on academic education, but we do know the importance of holistic development for our scholars. Therefore, SPARK scholars have physical education daily, Tuesday – Friday, where scholars learn in accordance to physical education requirements in CAPS.

SPARK Schools Extended Day

SPARK Schools have an extended school day that begins at 7:45am each day.

On Mondays, all scholars finish school at 13h00.

Grade R and 1 Regular Days (Tuesday-Friday): 7:45am – 2:30pm
Grade 2 and 3 Regular Days (Tuesday-Friday): 7:45am – 3:00pm
Grades 4 – 7 Regular Days (Tuesday-Friday): 7:45am – 3:30pm

This extended day includes all academic classes, as well as physical education and computer-based instruction in the innovative Learning Lab. The school day starts with Sparks Fly, an exciting and fun morning assembly. Then, the rigorous academic programme encourages SPARK students to develop a genuine love of learning in joyful and engaging classrooms.

Aftercare and further enrichment and sport is available from the end of school to 5:30pm for those families that desire it.