The SPARK Schools education model ensures that every child develops a love of learning and makes great academic progress. SPARK Schools offers a unique individualised educational opportunity for students because of the focus on each student’s needs in the classroom and using online learning.
SPARK uses a combination of direct classroom instruction and technology-based learning where data from each child is fed back to the teacher. This empowers teachers to cater to each child’s individual needs, resulting in scholars who achieve globally competitive academic results.
Lab Rotation Model
(Grades R – 3)
The lab rotation model is a form of blended learning that is used in the Foundation Phase of SPARK schools for Grades R to 3. The model includes a combination of teacher-directed learning in Literacy, Maths, Life Skills, Physical Education and a First Additional Language with technology-enriched learning in the Learning Labs. Scholars experience one-on-one teaching, small group learning or whole group instruction, based on their individual requirements, during the school day.
(Grades 4 – 7)
The Flex Model is a form of blended learning that is used in the Intermediate Phase of SPARK Schools for Grades 4 to 7. Scholars move through a personally customised schedule learning Literacy, Maths, Natural Science and Social Science and a First Additional Language.The aim of the model is to: Create autonomy and purpose in learning, Improve mastery of objectives, Build intrinsic motivation in students, Promote daily reflections to prepare students for university
SPARK Schools is aligned to South African national standards and seeks to extend scholar learning to meet international grade-level standards. Therefore, each curriculum used encompasses the requirements of the CAPS curriculum and deepens scholar 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.
As a result of our dynamic, individualised and globally competitive curriculum, we believe we equip our scholars to:
Collaborate when they discover new knowledge
Think critically when presented with a problem
To be creative when presenting their findings
And learn to communicate effectively with adults and their peers
In maths, scholars 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 scholar capacity to problem-solve, and the assessments in the PRIME curriculum require scholars to employ critical thinking to demonstrate success.
In English, scholars progress through reading and writing according to a curriculum based on Britain’s literacy standards. We have adopted the Literacy Tree Curriculum, which is a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of English that places children’s literature at its core. Reading, writing, grammar, and phonics are incorporated in day-to-day teaching.
isiZulu & isiXhosa
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 marginalised African languages of their province. SPARK scholars’ first additional language is taught according to the scope and sequence laid out in the South African national curriculum and our Language Policy.
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 they learn in accordance with physical education requirements in CAPS.
Social & Emotional Learning
Our schools provide children with tools to help them manage social situations that they may face at school and beyond their time at school. This encourages children to be confident, independent and to take responsibility for their own actions. These tools are shared with parents should they wish to incorporate them into their home
Natural & Social Science
In Grades R to 3, we integrate these subjects into literacy so that the themes of each natural science and social science unit are explored through reading and writing. In Grades 4 to 7, scholars learn these subjects online and in collaborative group sessions where they work on design projects.
Arrival & Dismissal Times
During COVID-19 Lockdown
SPARK Schools have an extended school day.
School gates will open at 7:00 am for the primary schools.
No scholars are allowed to be dropped off before this or left outside the gate.
Grade R-1: Start 7:45 – end 14:30
Grade 2-3: Start 7:45 – end 15:00
Grade 4-7: Start 7:30 – end 15:30
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 is available from dismissal until 5:30 pm five days a week (Monday-Friday) during the school terms.
No extramural activities will occur until further notice to minimise exposure to COVID-19 and ensure scholars and staff’s health and safety