09 Apr 20 News Communities South Africa

Online maths adds up to a win for primary school pupils

Two classmates log on for their weekly maths puzzles at Loeriesfontein Primary School before the COVID-19 lockdown

Young maths pupils in Loeriesfontein, South Africa, will be able to make up for lost classroom time when their school reopens, thanks to an award-winning teaching programme that’s been rolled out with the support of their local wind farm.

Maths Curriculum Online, which is already being used by more than 150,000 students across the country, blends traditional learning with weekly web-based exercises.

It has been introduced across Grade 4 to Grade 7 classes at Loeriesfontein Primary School as part of Khobab Wind Farm’s ‘Green Shoots’ commitment to promoting STEM subjects from an early age.

Maths Curriculum Online has been rolled out as part of Khobab Wind Farm's 'Green Shoots' drive to promote STEM subjects

Each pupil, together with their teacher, receives immediate feedback on their work, and their progress is also benchmarked through standardised end-of -term assessments, allowing them to track their marks through the curriculum.

The Khobab socio-economic development team supported teacher-training before the first MCO lessons in January.

And when lessons resume after the COVID-19 lockdown, they will also help school management to utilise student results data and share it with district and provincial education officials.

Vanessa Fredericks, Economic Development Manager for Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farms, explained: “The Loeriesfontein maths teachers undertook site visits to schools in the Western Cape that have implemented the programme, and have been encouraged to integrate the programme into the schools’ Maths Curriculum, which is something they have taken on-board and are very excited about.

“The Namakwa District and Hantam Circuit Managers for Education have also approved the implementation of the programme. Ongoing support and monitoring of the implementation of the MCO and integration in the primary school takes place on a regular basis.”

Fredericks added that, during the first year, the focus will be on the implementation of the weekly exercises, with the standardised assessments being introduced on a timetable agreed with the school principal and the Northern Cape Department of Education.

  • Mainstream developed, constructed and now operates Khobab Wind Farm and its sister project, Loeriesfontein 2, for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. With a generation capacity of 140 megawatts each, they collectively power around 240,000 South African households.