The Foundation phase is the origin of formal schooling in higher grades. The Foundation phase educators aim to provide young D/deaf learners with a basis for one’s school career through effective education and emotional support.
Furthermore, educators expose learners to various activities to promote learners’ social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. At De la Bat School learners with physical, emotional and intellectual barriers are also accommodated.
Speech development takes place in adherence to the learner’s ability and language teaching is taught using the Redstar-process. The Redstar-process is a bilingual language program that was developed by Mrs. Ina Senekal in 1997 (now retired) and reinforced by Foundation Phase educators.
The prescribed National Curriculum is followed but due to the nature of our learners, some alterations are made to support the unique and specific educational needs of our learners. From grade 1 to grade 3 literacy, numeracy and life skills are developed and reinforced. The medium of instruction is South African Sign Language, whereas Afrikaans and English are utilized for reading and writing purposes.
Subjects in the Foundation phase include: