Our Curriculum for 2015 – Grade 3

Dear Friends,

I apologize for not posting earlier this year.  We faced a few personal challenges in our family which has required a restructuring of our scheduled home-school calendar. Home-schooling is indeed a blessing in such times!

In February, we moved to the Fourways area of Johannesburg.  We now live amidst a backdrop of heavy traffic and ongoing roadworks.. the bliss of city life!  Even our faithful school companion, Prince is suffering from the stress here. He has developed bald spots on his otherwise sleek, immaculate and shiny coat.  When we gather in our sunny school room, however, the familiar routine of learning brings a sense of ease and calm into our days.  This year, we are attempting the Cambridge Primary core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science (Stage 3).  Our curriculum also includes Afrikaans, French, Art, Classical Music and Baking.

SUBJECTS Summary List for Grade 3 2015 - School of Gaby

In our home-school journey, it has become increasingly clear that I ( as the Facilitator ) am learning alongside my daughter. It may be more appropriate to change the name of our home-school to ‘School with Gaby”‘ versus ”School of Gaby”.

Details of the resources we are using will be posted shortly.

Until then, bye for now!


Maths 2015 – Outline

As mentioned in the first post, Cambridge Primary Math Textbooks are not for home-school use. They are meant for Private Schools endorsed by The University of Cambridge to teach their curriculum and to assist students to prepare for the prestigious Cambridge qualifications… We are simply using their system to ensure that Gabs gets a high quality standard of education.  We will attempt to cover the following outline of this course this year in our homeschool:


  • Number and the number system
  • Calculation – Mental strategies, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division


  • Shapes and geometric reasoning
  • Position and movement


  • Money
  • Length, mass and capacity
  • Time

Handling data

  • Organizing, categorizing and representing data

Problem solving

  • Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems

For ease of use we are working through the work as suggested.


Food Revolution Day 2015 – The Squash It Sandwich

Hello there, unfortunately, we were not able to take part today as my dear daughter is very ill with the flu and very miserable.. however, we will make this delicious looking recipe as soon as our household is back to normal again.  So, for now, I will only post the recipe:

The Squash It Sandwich

The Squash It Sandwich
Recipe © Jamie Oliver. Photo © Dan Jones 

Makes 4 | 40 MINUTES

This is colourful, seriously tasty and fun to make. Swap the roll for another type of
bread, if you like, or leave it out altogether and eat it as a salad.

4 seeded wholegrain rolls
4 radishes
5cm piece of cucumber
½ a small carrot
2 cauliflower florets
½ a small red pepper
½ a small apple (core removed)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 sprigs of fresh soft herbs, such as dill, flat-leaf parsley or basil or 2 sprigs of fresh mint
½ a punnet or 1 handful of salad cress or sprouting herbs
1 handful of fresh podded peas
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons quality cottage cheese or cream cheese
2 tablespoons quality humus

  1. On a chopping board, carefully halve the rolls across the middle using a bread knife, to give you a top and a base for each. Put to one side.
  2. Using an eating knife, cut each radish in half lengthways, then slice each radish half into 3 pieces and place into a large bowl.
  3. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways, scoop out the watery seeds with a teaspoon and discard.
  4. Slice each cucumber half into 4 pieces, then add to the bowl.
  5. Trim the carrot, then cut into 8 even-sized pieces and add to the bowl.
  6. Click apart the cauliflower florets and place into the bowl with the stalks.
  7. Pull out the pepper’s stalk, tearing out the core, then discard.
  8. Scoop out the seeds and white pith with a teaspoon, then discard.
  9. Cut the pepper into 4 slices, then cut each slice into 4 pieces. Add the pieces to the bowl.
  10. Place the apple half, flat-side down, on the board.
  11. Cut the apple into 6 even-sized pieces, then add to the bowl.
  12. Place a clean tea towel onto the chopping board and place the vegetables and chopped apple in a pile in the middle.
  13. Fold over each corner of the tea towel so your ingredients are wrapped up like a parcel – make sure there are no gaps to stop the vegetables from escaping.
  14. Carefully crush and squash the vegetables with a rolling pin until broken down into little pieces.
  15. Open up the parcel – if your pieces are still too big, wrap it back up and crush and squash again.
  16. Measure the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil into the empty bowl to make your dressing.
  17. Pick the herb leaves, discarding the stalks.
  18. Tear the leaves into small pieces, adding them to the bowl as you go.
  19. Using scissors, snip the cress or sprouting herbs into the bowl.
  20. Add the peas and sunflower seeds to the bowl.
  21. Add the squashed vegetables to the bowl, then using the tips of your fingers, carefully toss them in the dressing so they’re nicely coated.
  22. Spread the base of each roll with the cottage or cream cheese.
    Spread the soft side of each top with the humus.
  23. Equally divide the vegetable mixture between the base of each roll.
    Place the lids on top, houmous-side down, press lightly, then tuck in!

Recipe © Jamie Oliver. Photo © Dan Jones




Maths 2015

Math is a difficult subject in our home-school.. as a result I am constantly looking for easier ways to teach it to my little home-schooler. This year, after much encouragement from my husband to tackle Cambridge Primary Mathematics for Grade 3 (SA) or Year 3 (UK). Here are our initial impressions…

Firstly, do not panic when you open the Teacher’s Resource Guide. I must stress, there is no way around it… you need to use this guide.. and advance preparation is absolutely non-negotiable. I will admit, in comparison to other programs, this one really requires dedication and hard work by the parent! I have found it is less stressful and far easier to prepare the week’s lessons the weekend before instead of hastily doing it the night before (or the wee hours of the morning before school starts for the day).

That having been said, my daughter loves it!  There are games on a nearly daily basis to help understand difficult mathematical concepts. We actually have a few laughs during our maths lesson (gasp)…

The textbooks include a Teacher’s Resource Guide, a Learner’s Book and a Games Book (with a CD to print out all the games). I have also taken out an online platinum subscription with Twinkl for powerpoint presentations and additional support, which adds even more fun to the subject..

To be continued…