1. Physical Address:
    2. Dean Street
    3. Newlands
    4. Cape Town
    5. 7700
    6. Postal Address:
    7. SACS Junior School
    8. Private Bag X3
    9. Newlands
    10. 7725
    11. Email Address:
    12. Click here to email
    13. Secretary:
    14. 021 689 4001
    15. 021 685 7028 (fax)
    16. Bursar:
    17. 021 686 6027
    18. JE De Villiers House:
    19. 021 689 8779
    20. SACS Pre-Primary:
    21. 021 685 3865

English

To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up. — George Orwell

Our approach to the teaching of English at SACS Junior is guided by the shared belief that each learner who passes through the School should emerge as a soundly literate, confident communicator who has a love and appreciation of English.

Communicative competence is developed through the teaching of reading and comprehension skills. Specific focus is also placed on developing a sound knowledge of the structure of language. English at SACS Junior embraces all the language activities such as listening, speaking, reading, viewing, literature, writing, thinking and reasoning, spelling and grammar. The teaching and assessment of English as a Home Language is consistent with the Revised National Curriculum.

Skills which the learner should master, include:

Reading

A structured reading programme exists in the Foundation Phase and a variety of “class readers” are provided in the Senior Primary. Learners also have access to our well-equipped and up to date library.

Learners are encouraged to:

  • Develop a love for and appreciation of reading of suitable novels, poetry and drama.
  • Develop a fluency and independence in reading.
  • Acquire the skill of comprehending and analysing the language.
  • Appreciate that language is used for different purposes or contexts.
  • Learn to acquire knowledge through reading.
  • Learn discretion when selecting reading for personal interest and preference.

Writing

Learners are encouraged to:

  • Master the skill of writing for a wide range of purposes and learn to express themselves accurately, creatively and convincingly.
  • Learn the importance of planning, structure and editing.
  • Use computer technology as a tool for writing.
  • Develop skills of communicating emotions, experiences and the ability to give precise directions and definitions.

Speaking

  • A wide range of oral activities aim to teach learners to:
  • Communicate fluently.
  • Increase vocabulary.
  • Learn the importance of register and tone.
  • Adapt their language to varying audiences and situations.
  • The need to listen before speaking.

The Study of Language

Learners will study the structure of language and the correct use of grammar. This involves spelling, punctuation and vocabulary enrichment. The appreciation of correctness of expression in writing or oral activities is an important skill. Learners will also develop editing skills as the teaching of grammar is largely through the contextual use of language and it is not taught in isolation.

The day to day programme involves writing and comprehension exercises, oral activities, regular spelling tests, and language study.