Foundation Phase

Grades 00 – 3

There is no doubt that the skills your child learns in the early years of their life are crucial for their social, emotional and academic success. How the brain grows and develops is strongly influenced by a child’s environment and interactions with others.


Confident, Curious & Creative

We know that academic success in later years depends on a solid foundation. At Clifton, our qualified and experienced teachers ensure a programme where methematics, languages, interpersonal and other early life skills are enriched. Through play, our boys learn to listen to others, show empathy, deal with conflict, build friendships and share ideas. You will often find one of the boys happily incorporating another boy’s ideas into his play.

Our curriculum is constructed in such a way that boys are kept happy and busy throughout their day. Our modern well-equipped facility offers fantasy, cognitive, outdoor and creative areas within a flexible and interactive learning environment, suited specifically to the needs of boys. 

The many varied social and cognitive experiences help our boys to grow in confidence, become more independent and develop a positive attitude to learning, preparing them for more advanced education as they grow. Our boys are taught according to individual strengths and become confident, curious and creative individuals. Small classes with specialist and passionate teachers ensure that they receive individual attention.

Our programme includes the early development of sporting skills through fun activities. 

“Our Grade 00 and R boys enjoy a world of wonder and excitement and discover learning in every activity.”

Not only do our boys have access to a fine facility but they are also introduced to life in the Preparatory School, where they visit the Information Technology Centre, the Media Centre and our Music Centre.

Our Sports Curriculum meets the specific needs of the boys. From Grade R they are introduced to swimming and ball skills by specialist teachers and coaches and the foundations for life-long exercise are laid at an early age.

Our Aftercare facility and Afternoon Programme allows the boys to enjoy supervised activities in a safe and caring environment. Our boys discover learning in every activity they encounter, whether inside or outdoors.


A Challenging & Inspiring Learning Process

The journey from our Grade R classrooms to our Junior Preparatory School is enjoyable and exhilarating. Our experienced teachers, who are committed to child-centred education, ensure that your son’s introduction to formal learning is adventurous, inspiring and fun.

We believe that happy children learn best, and our classrooms are caring, nurturing and exciting places, where a spirit of enquiry and commitment to excellence prevails.

We expect the best from every boy, and we provide the environment in which that is made possible. It is at this level that we establish the grounding in the academic and social skills that are needed to develop a lifelong love of learning.

“Your son’s day will be enriched, busy and fulfilled.”

Our curriculum is broad, exciting, innovative and holistic, and we give a distinct focus to each of the academic, social, cultural, sporting and spiritual aspects of your son’s development.

Traditional values and modern methodology combine to provide a solid foundation for our boys’ education. Class teachers are responsible for the teaching of the basic core subjects of Mathematics, English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language and Life Skills, and we introduce specialist teachers in isiZulu, Music, Physical Education and Information Technology.