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Parents watch out for educational websites who influence your children with marketing.

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Be aware of adverts

As parents, schools or teachers we always look for new material and resources. When we find it for free or even cheap we say “wow” this is amazing while not realising what is actually going on. We studied 3 websites in South Africa specifically in the educational content they provide.   They advertise worksheets and other resources for very few rands. 

Then we started noticing 1 main reason why they do this. 

THEY ARE GIVING YOU WORKSHEETS OR CONTENT paid FOR BY A COMPANY. 

educational websites e-classroom resources and worksheets make influence your child This in short means they basically design worksheets specifically with a business or company. For example a local company or major brands in South Africa.  These companies are called sponsors for these educational websites, or as we call them “companies on a mission to influence your children to influence you to buy from them (sponsors)”. In the short run and long run, it influences your child. Example  Let’s say you have a child in grade 4.  They are busy with food items in LS.  Then food brands or major chains in South Africa sponsor “give money” to an educational website to put their logo, words they want to target your child with or even pictures/logo of their brand in worksheets for you to use for educational help. Parents are aware this is done with the aim to make you buy something from these so-called “sponsors” as your child will stay “mommy no let’s go here I like them, or mommy can we please go to (shop) I know they have…”  You will not even notice it as these educational websites and companies work hand in hand to influence your hard-earned money to buy from the sponsor of the resource, worksheet or classwork. Next time think about what you give your children from websites you use. Schools and teachers should also not be falling into this trap. Something we will never do at Best Education is to give you resources from companies if they paid for it.  We don’t believe in educating learners of any age to be influenced by companies, but rather give your child information tools and skills to decide what to do and how to be open-minded and think rationally.  In conclusion  Be aware and open your mind to these education companies or educational CAPS websites. Don’t fall into a trap where your whole household may be changing in a few days or even years to come, because you never took notice of how fragile influencing children can be of any age. Their minds are like a sponge it absorbs key things.  Focus on content rather than these educational websites giving you resources for cheap and clearly state they have sponsors on their websites. Best Education – proudly educating our parents, teachers and schools. We run no ads or track any of our users.
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Online tests and exams (to achieve excellence in results 80% +)

Online tests and exams (to achieve excellence in results 80% +)

Trying to help your child improve or even pass the grade?

We are designing a course for each grade and subject according to CAPS, therefore you as a learner, parent or teacher can learn according to what should be taught in CAPS and improve results.

Formal exams are included. Some tests get marked by our intelligent system, and others are marked by teachers across South Africa to help improve your child’s results.

Currently only available for Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 and Grade 12 – You can find it under the grade as Online CAPS tests and exams.

Enrolling in future Online courses will be automatic for each grade and subject.

Progress will also be shown during the course to keep you as a parent or learner updated on your progress.

CAPS Grade 8 and 4 English course

Each subject will have an outline according to CAPS, and things CAPS does not include which we call filling the GAPS for CAPS.

CAPS Grade 4 English exams and tests online

A correct green mark will show when you complete the lesson and quiz (test) 80% +  or less sometimes is needed to move on. Lessons and tests can be taken as many times as you wish

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Other grades and subjects will follow as we progress.

Certificate of completion will be emailed to Best Education parents, learners or schools when you complete all online lessons.

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What is School based Assessment (SBA) in CAPS?

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WHAT IS SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT?​

SBA

What is school Based Assessment?

You need to know

CAPS

SBA in CAPS

School-Based Assessment with CAPS is assessment is a continuous planned process of identifying, gathering and interpreting information about the performance of learner, using various forms of evaluation.

Basically to get marks for learners during the term. 

Assessment should be both

* Informal (Assessment for Learning) and

* Formal (Assessment of Learning).

In both cases, regular feedback should be provided to learners to enhance their learning experience.

Formal Assessment

All assessment tasks that make up an official programme of assessment for the year will be counting towards Formal Assessment marks. Formal assessment tasks are marked and recorded by the teacher for progression purposes.

All Formal Assessment tasks are subject to moderation for quality assurance and to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained.

Formal assessment use memoranda, rubrics, checklists and rating scales as well as other appropriate assessment tools to observe, assess and record learners’ levels of understanding.

Teachers will choose an assessment tool that is most appropriate for the type of activity.

For example,

  • a rubric is more suitable than a memorandum for a creative writing piece
  • a memo is better suited to a spelling test or a reading comprehension activity.

Informal or daily assessments

Assessment for learning has the purpose of continuously collecting information on a learner’s achievement that can be used to improve their knowledge.

Informal assessment is daily monitoring of learners’ progress through observations, discussions, practical demonstrations, learner–teacher conferences, everyday classroom interactions, etc.

Informal assessment may be as simple as stopping during the lesson to observe learners.

Informal assessment should be used to provide feedback to the learners. To inform planning for teaching, but need not be recorded (it may be used if a teacher sees fit or essential). It should not be seen as separate from learning activities taking place in the classroom. Teachers may use many of your learning activities to assess learners’ performance informally.

Self assessment and peer assessment actively involves learners in assessment.

Self Assessment is vital as it allows learners to learn from and reflect on their performance.

The results of the informal daily assessment tasks will not be recorded formally unless a teacher sees it fit. 

Teachers may, however, keep their informal records of how individual learners are progressing — ensuring that individual learners develop the required skills and understanding.

June Exams and memos

In other words 

All subjects are different and asking teachers to clear if for you, will assist you as a parent and guide your child as well. We suggest teachers plan for a term or better yet the year. Keep ATP’s in mind and give marks accordingly to CAPS Documents, but not limited to CAPS due to each teacher’s informal assessment can also count.

What parents should look out for, or always ask teachers:

  1. Ask a list of what will be formal or informal tasks.
  2. All tests (formal tests) will be part of your child’s progress report at the end of the term.
  3. Explain to your child there is a difference with classwork, and they can make mistakes because if they make mistakes, they learn from it and can improve.
  4. Ask teachers what should be studied for tests or exams. – Some subject teachers will not be able to give this due to department question papers on our site. The way in which the questions are asked, are always the same in each and every departmentally exam or test.
  5. Make a time table to study for tests and exams or other formal activities.

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Why no standardised CAPS tests/exams​ in 3rd Term

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Why no standardised CAPS tests/exams​ in 3rd Term

We get this question a lot.

Why don’t we have exams or tests for the 3rd term (September month)?

We do have a simple answer, but before we give you this answer you need to understand what is SBA first.

SBA – School Based Assessment
Schools across South Africa (private or public) needs to follow CAPS.  CAPS has different rules for each term and grade. For example:

Gr. 1 – 3
100% SBA.

Gr. 4 – 6
25% Test / Exam and 75% SBA.

Gr. 7 – 9
40% Test / Exam and 60% SBA.

Gr. 10 – 12
75% Test / Exam and 25% SBA.

(Gr. 12 however does have Trial Exams – September exams set by the Department only and may be different from province to province)

CAPS tests

Each grade and subject has different weights for each area or topic.

Teachers should give marks accordingly to CAPS Documents as outlined in each grade and subject. Best Education has both Afrikaans and English versions for each subject available.  You will find the information at the back of each Policy Document.

In term 1, 2 and four all school must write standardised tests/exams. – available on Best Education.

The difference with Term 3 is there are no guidelines on what can or should be tested. It is the only term a teacher/educator will set tests (not exams) for learners.  The only thing teachers may ask is what they have done in classwork or in languages and Maths it will be all work covered as it is broad. We suggest you work with ANA papers, all previous terms language and Maths papers.

In simple terms, all papers will be different except if you get a teacher who copied a previous exam.  Mostly all from past exam papers from Best Education.

There you go, now you know why we don’t have September tests.

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CAPS June exams Gr. 1 – 9 Best Study help

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Best ways to study for June exams

Best Education June Exams and memos For most children, it is difficult to focus for more than a few moments on any task, and that’s quite natural, due to their curiosity, abundance, and energy. However, concentration is essential for studying, for homework and complete any task. Adults can improve their concentration with special exercises; however, with children, one needs to use slightly different strategies. You can help your child increase his/her strength in various ways. These strategies will teach him/her certain habits and rules that, over time, make it easier to focus while doing homework or studying.

13 Ways to make sure you succeed with CAPS exams:

1. Divide an exams paper into Smaller Tasks

The whole exam may require too much concentration and discipline, so it would be a good idea to divide a question paper into smaller sections over 10 – 20 minutes at a time. A full exam requires time, dedication and focus, which might seem to intimate or overwhelm your child.  A smaller part of an exam paper will be more natural to carry out, and less confusing. June Exams and memos

2. Reducing Distractions

Unless engaged in something they like, children might find it difficult to screen out distractions. You need to keep the environment where they learn or study, as distraction-free as possible. Be especially wary of television, loud music, noises, and anything else that might occupy the child’s attention.

3. Television and Cell Phones

It is not a good idea to watch TV while doing exams or practising. It will distract attention. Text messages, WhatsUp’s or other messaging apps also interrupt concentration. Dr Nadine Moole recommends not to read text messages or use cell phones while studying or doing homework.

4. Studying at the same time every day

Repeating the same activity every day at the same hour, eventually, turns it into a habit. If any child sits down for homework or exams every day at the same hour, after a while, when the hour comes, there will be less effort required to focus. The mind will know study time has arrived. Study time Best Education June exams

5. Enough Physical Activity

Some physical activity, like playing and some sports, between study and questions, provides a way to vent out extra energy. Your child will be less nervous and make it easier to focus on the exam paper in front of them.

6. Let Children Have Play and Fun

Giving children too many questions and involving them in too many activities can be overwhelming and tiring for their brains. As a parent, you should allow them enough time for pleasure and fun, so they don’t feel too pressurised. Offer a period of play/doing a non-academic task that they enjoy, as a reward for completing a section of their study timetable.

7. Enough Rest

Ensure that your child has enough sleep at night, and also, some rest during the day.

8. Set Time for the Completion of an Exam

Set the time for completing an exam or part of it, like ten minutes, twenty minutes, etc. Exact time might help childer to focus, to finish the goal within the time limits. However, you should be careful with this, since some children might find setting time limits too pressurising, and this could cause them anxiety and disturb their focus. Perhaps allow your daughter or son to offer his/her suggested time for completing a particular part of the exam or the full exam.

9. Play Games that Require Focus

You can train and increase a child’s ability to focus by playing games that require thinking. Playing games that require focusing, planning and use of memory combine fun with concentration. For example, word puzzles and riddles are great for practising this skill. Focus Games Best Education

10. Allow sometime before beginning an Exam

When your child is busy, tell them what they have to do next, but allow a few minutes until they stop and starts the new activity. Before starting with any exam or task; Teachers gives typically 10 – 15 min to allow a learner to read the question paper. We call this practical brain training.

11. Always start with March exams

Start with March exams. It sets a baseline of the work your child did.  March exams will show teachers, parents and students which content he or she is still grappling with before the June exams. Look at the memo at the end of each paper you download, and mark only the correct answers.  Never mark the wrong answers incorrect at this stage. Leave it unmarked. Dr Oz studied the awareness of being wrong in children and found when a child’s work was marked wrong he/she may suffer in life by rejecting the wrong and never fully develop to treat mistakes as mistakes which can take years to overcome. Focus on incorrect answers first.  Open a separate paper for your child and redo the question again.

12. June exams

At this point start with the June exams. Begin with Home Language (HL) then First Addition Language (FAL) rest of the subject will follow.  Mathematics, Social Sciences etc. Here are links to all the official exam papers you need to study.   Afrikaans Graad 1 Junie vraestelle Graad 2 Junie vraestelle Graad 3 Junie vraestelle Graad 4 Junie vraestelle Graad 5 Junie vraestelle Graad 6 Junie vraestelle Graad 7 Junie vraestelle Graad 8 Junie vraestelle Graad 9 Junie vraestelle English Grade 1 June papers Grade 2 June papers Grade 3 June papers Grade 4 June papers Grade 5 June papers Grade 6 June papers Grade 7 June papers Grade 8 June papers Grade 9 June papers Don’t be shocked if you get the same exam paper or very related papers during the June Exams.

13. Done with a paper

Rereading the question paper is essential. Answer the questions briefly back by saying them aloud to yourself or another student. Study how to answer it correctly. VERY VERY IMPORTANT. QUESTIONS ALWAYS REPEATS WITH EXAMS. ONLY THE ANSWER ARE DIFFERS. CAPS exam june junie AFRIKAANS