Laerskool Durbanville


Our academics


The school timetable consists of a 10-day cycle: Monday to Friday is either day 1 to 5 or day 6 to 10. The year programme and class timetable are in the learner diary. This diary is compulsory for all learners.

Our curriculum model

Child-oriented, dynamic and current

Amid a busy holistic menu, Durbanville Primary School’s curriculum is central at all times. To develop learners optimally, education is aimed at the child in totality which is why we unlock certain concepts, skills and values.

The CAPS forms the backbone of teaching and learning. Well-qualified teachers make the curriculum their own by using, among other things, eLearning.

Continuous evaluation

Supporting the learning process

The CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) forms an integral part of teaching and learning. The purpose of the traditional product-oriented (exam-oriented) evaluation has been replaced with an evaluation that provides support for the learning process through meaningful, valid and relevant information regarding each learner's progress. Learning processes and products are measured by continuous school-based evaluation. Each learner’s performance must be compared to his ability and not to the performance of other learners. Reporting regarding each learner's development process takes place quarterly. Two full-time learning supporters guide teachers during school hours and support learners in mathematics, languages and through alternative assessment.

Compilation of marks

Weighting of school-based assessments and examinations
Gr. 4 – 6Continuous: 80%Year-end: controlled tests 20%
Gr. 7Continuous: 60%Year-end: examination 40%


In Terms 1 and 3 learners only complete school-based formal assessments and practical assignments. In Terms 2 and 4, together with the school-based formal assessments, an examination (controlled test) is also taken.

Achievement codes

780% – 100%Outstanding achievement
670% – 79%Meritorious achievement
560% – 69%Substantial achievement
450% – 59%Adequate achievement
340% – 49%Moderate achievement
230% – 39%Elementary achievement
10% – 29%Not achieved

Learners with special educational needs


Durbanville Primary School attempts to support learners with special educational needs and offers the following services:

  • Chat room (emotional challenges)
  • Extra Home Languages and maths lessons (retention and practise) for all learners who achieved less than a specified percentage
  • Learning support (academic challenges)
  • Referrals to specialists, eg. social workers, medical practitioners, therapists and special schools
  • Improving all learners' literacy and numeracy
  • Library (cultivate a love of reading)
  • Alvarium (emotional intelligence, learning styles, research skills, study methods, etc.)

Xhosa Tuition

Facilitated by: Mrs. Lida Keet

Xhosa as a third language is offered as an additional subject once per cycle to the Gr. 4 to 6 learners. Emphasis is placed on basic communication skills, but written and oral tests are conducted within a class context to strengthen language acquisition.

Class and subject teaching

Intermediate Phase (Grades 4-6)

Mainly classroom teaching

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History)
  • Life skills (Creative Arts – art and drama, Physical Education, Personal and Social Well-being)

Additional exposure:

  • Robotics, coding & computer literacy
  • Xhosa as additional subject (not language of teaching and learning)
  • Alvarium (emotional intelligence, learning styles, research skills, study methods, etc.)
  • Fully equipped practical room for technology
  • Two art studios

Senior Phase (Grade 7)

Subject teachers

  • English Home Language
  • Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History)
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Technology
  • Life Orientation (PSW and Physical Education)
  • Creative Arts (visual art; drama or dance)

Additional exposure:

  • Robotics, coding & computer literacy
  • Alvarium (emotional intelligence, learning styles, research skills, study methods, etc.)
  • Two art studios

Our spiritual pillar

Durbanville Primary School is a value-driven school and universal values form the basis of our spiritual pillar. Assemblies and other events are opened in an appropriate manner. Volunteer youth workers from the surrounding churches focus on these values during weekly JOT lessons.

There are also practical ways in which the learners get involved, e.g. Caring Days when money and/or items are collected for a specific organisation.

Robotics, coding & computer literacy


The computer centres are used to prepare learners for a future where computer literacy and knowledge of the information and communication world, as well as robotics and coding, are indispensable. In computer literacy, the focus is on specific themes, integrated with the curriculum. Robotics and coding challenge learners at the highest level to work creatively, analytically and strategically. Exposure and participation in the above form an integral part of a learner’s 4 years at Durbanville Primary School. 

Learning Material

  • Textbooks are provided by the school.
  • Parents purchase workbooks and stationery requirements according to a stationery list.
  • Complete stationery packs are available from the clothing shop in Term 4.
  • Data projectors and whiteboards or TV screens are used to complement the learning experience.
  • Concrete learning material for maths lessons.
  • Experiments in natural sciences.