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African Adventures
 
The African Adventures Curriculum is a proudly South African curriculum developed specifically for South African Schools. It is an Outcomes-based curriculum and has been developed with advice from the Department of Education and various local Universities to meet the specific needs of South African learners. It provides the Educator with lesson plans which are aligned with the NCS and has been developed around the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
 
Lessons are aimed at integrating ICT into current, relevant class content.
 
The African Adventures curriculum is designed for use by:
  • Computer teachers. 
  • Class teachers who teach computers to their own classes. 
The African Adventures curriculum has a school-to-home focus. Learners can immediately apply their knowledge at home. The curriculum is not dependant on any additional software packages which are not available at home.
 
Structure of the curriculum
 
The series is colour coded and could also be used across grades for enrichment or remedial purposes.
 
The series consist of a Teachers’ Guide with weekly lesson plans as well as a Learner workbook. The Learner workbooks are used with a reading focus. It provides learners with extra reading time in the computer room. While enlarging the learners’ vocabulary, it also provides each learner with an opportunity to read out aloud instructions to friends with the opportunity to work in pairs and to take turns to read and carry out the instructions in the workbook to complete the projects. The teacher will therefore act as a facilitator rather than an instructor. This will also provide opportunities for learners to work at their own pace and to apply their knowledge rather than wait on instructions from the facilitator.  

Foundation Phase Gr R – Gr 3

African Adventures for the Foundation Phase use computers to teach and consolidate basic numeracy, literacy and life skills. It also provides opportunities for repetition, practice and reinforcement of what has been done in the classroom. Peer -, self - and group assessments provide immediate feedback so ensure that learners’ further attempts are informed.
 
In the Foundation Phase learners use generic software such as WordPad, Paint, PowerPoint and Excel to support learning in all 3 Learning Programmes. No additional software is needed and it is therefore an affordable option to schools. These commonly used software packages are available in all schools – even at home.
 

Intermediate Phase Grade 4-6

and Senior Phase (Grade 7)

The Intermediate/ Senior Phase Learner workbooks are divided into 8 Learning Areas. The focus is on cognitive development as well as research skills across all 8 Learning Areas. The learner workbooks often make use of open ended questions as an introduction to topics.

Internet and basic CD-ROM skills will be used to research information. Learners will have to identify the information they need, gather the information, analyse, integrate and then present the information in a document.

Benefits of South African material for South African learners

The focus is on consolidating classroom content, knowledge and skills while learning computer skills.
  • Can be easily adapted to any classroom lesson.
  • Lessons are designed to incorporate knowledge, skills, values & attitude.
  • There is a progression of ICT skills from lesson to lesson, from year to year.
  • In addition to the Teacher’s Manual, there are Learner workbooks for every grade. This allows for instructor lead, self-paced learning or both.
  • Provides opportunities for both remedial and enrichment lessons.
  • The focus of the learner workbook is to improve reading in our Primary schools.
  • Fully aligned and integrated with the NCS.
  • Provides the class teacher with extended opportunities to consolidate on classroom content from a different angle.
  • Proudly South African.
  • Affordable for every school.
  • Focus on research / how to make summaries.
  • School-to-home focus – projects.
  • Templates available in Afrikaans and English but can be adapted for any language.
  • Multiple assessment strategies.
  • Assess knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.
  • Use generic software such as Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • No additional software needed.