This is Part 1 in a series on staff training for your school.

Training is very important for every school. It introduces employees to the ins and outs of the school. Team building also builds relationships in the team.

Training includes the following elements:

  • General training relating to the organisation, including values and philosophy as well as structure and history, etc.
  • Mandatory training relating to health and safety and other essential or legal areas.
  • Job training relating to the role that the new starter will be performing.
  • Training evaluation, entailing confirmation of understanding, and feedback about the quality and response to the training.


  • Essential ‘visitor level’ safety and emergency procedures
  • Washrooms
  • Food and drink
  • Smoking areas and policy
  • Timings and induction training overview
  • Organisational history and background overview
  • Ethics and philosophy
  • Mission statement(s)
  • Organisation overview and structure
  • Local structure if applicable
  • Departmental structure and interfaces
  • Who’s who (names, roles, responsibilities)
  • Site layout
  • Other sites and locations
  • Dress codes
  • Basic communications overview
  • Facilities and amenities
  • Pay
  • Absenteeism and lateness
  • Holidays
  • Sickness
  • Health insurance
  • Pension
  • Trades Unions
  • Rights and legal issues
  • Personnel systems and records overview
  • Access to personal data
  • Time and attendance system
  • Security
  • Transport and parking
  • Grievance procedure
  • Discipline procedures
  • Career paths
  • Training and development
  • Learning Styles Self-Assessment
  • Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment
  • Appraisals
  • Mentoring
  • Awards and Incentives
  • Health and Safety, and hazard reporting
  • Physical examinations, eye test etc.
  • Emergency procedures, fire drill, first aid
  • Accident reporting
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Use, care, and issue of tools and equipment
  • Other housekeeping issues
  • General administration
  • Restricted areas, access, passes

Some of the information is from www.businessballs.com


Lesson ideas for Highveld theme suitable for 4-6 year olds.

Johannesburg is in the Highveld region. Little ones in this area will find this especially interesting.

Lesson ideas for Highveld theme suitable for 4-6 year olds.

  • Discuss the Highveld. Where is it? The Higveld is usually grassland. Past grass on a paper to create a grassland.
  • Discuss the straw coloured fruit bat found in the Highveld. Colour in a picture of the bat.
  • Discuss all the animals of the Highveld and paste pictures of them.
  • Discuss mining in the Highveld.
  • Talk about big cities on the Highveld eg. Johannesburg and Pretoria.



Lesson plans

Here is a tool for the weekly overview of lesson plans. This way at the beginning of each week you can see what you’ll need for the rest of that week.

Weekly planning

Term __ Week:___________________                              Theme: _________________ Teacher: ________



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This table can also be downloaded from: http://filegooi.co.za/get2/a8800cd0b0eb8c26de7106374c798853/Weekly+planning1.docx


Personal and Social Well-being in the Grade R curriculum


Personal and Social Well-being

Personal and Social Well-being is part of the Grade R (life skills learning area) curriculum. The department of Education explains it as follows:

‘”Personal and Social Well-being is the study of the self in relation to the environment and society. The study area provides opportunities for learners to practise life skills required to make informed choices regarding personal lifestyle, health and social well-being. It provides learners with skills to relate positively with and contribute to family, community and society. Learners are equipped with skills that will assist them to deal with challenging situations positively and recognise, develop and communicate their abilities, interests and skills with confidence. They learn values such as respect for the rights of others and tolerance for cultural and religious diversity in order to build a democratic society.

In the Life Skills curriculum, Personal and Social Well-being is expressed as a study area containing three topics. The three topics are:

1) Development of the self

2) Health and environmental responsibility

3) Social responsibility”
Here is a great website for physical education and development of self in Lifeskills:



Lesson ideas for the Theme: My classroom and friends suitable for 4-6 year olds.

Lesson ideas for the Theme: My classroom and friends for 4-6 year olds.


  • Ask each learner to say their name.Clap the syllables of each friends name.
  • Talk about the different areas in the class: art area, reading corner etc.
  • Memory game. Teacher mentions 3-4 names learners have to repeat it in order.


  • Count the number of learners in the class.
  • Let the learners group themselves according to the colour of the clothes they are wearing.
  • Let learners make a pattern while sitting in a circle on the mat. One sits and one stands.


  • Draw a picture of your new class
  • Draw the school
  • Draw the playground.