The majority of South African Grade R teachers do not have a formal teaching qualification. Most have a National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 4 or 5, which does not adequately prepare them to teach the Mathematics content of the Grade R South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) in preparation for Grade 1.
A scalable and affordable intervention to strengthen foundational numeracy is needed, targeting teachers and simultaneously empowering parents to support their children’s learning within the home.
The app features fun hands-on activities that encourage problem solving and investigative skills. Suggested activities encourage play-based, active teaching and learning. Tips are provided on how to involve parents in their children’s maths learning at home. Stories and rhymes are recorded for easy listening in preparation for reading to or reciting with Grade R learners, and a direct link allows teachers to share information in-app with parents, colleagues and friends.
The intention is to test the extent to which this mobile app, carrying an adapted version of the same core CAPS Mathematics content and targeting Grade R teachers can improve classroom practice, encourage reinforcement of maths concepts in the home and ultimately improve child outcomes.
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