Parents all around the world and in South Africa have suddenly become teachers with the closure of schools
Especially parents of high school learners with challenging subjects such as mathematics and physical sciences, need help! So, how can you help your kids?
Klaskamer 10 on kykNET & kie, DStv-channel 145, is your answer! This program focusses on mathematics and physical sciences for learners from grade 8 to grade 12. Martin du Plessis and Werner Cronjé, the masterminds behind Klaskamer10, tell us more:
What exactly is Klaskamer 10?
Klaskamer 10 is kykNET’s educational mathematics and physical science program that supports learners in Grade 8 to Grade 12 with important concepts in the curriculum. After every episode you also receive a free worksheet on our website www.klaskamer10.co.za which can be downloaded. Klaskamer 10 is on every weekday as 15:00 on kykNET & kie, DStv-channel 145, with a weekly omnibus on Saturdays.
How can parents use the program and website in these times?
Klaskamer 10 offers parents the opportunity to work through concepts with learners. Parents can also download worksheets for free and can follow the program to prepare in case learners need help in self-study. Klaskamer 10 is also available on DStv Catch Up so that learners can watch it repeatedly in their own time.
What important advice would you give to parents that suddenly have to be teachers as well?
It is important for parents to make sure that the resources that they provide to their kids are of the highest standard. There are quite a lot of resources available, but very few are compiled by experts in their fields with focus on what is currently being done in the curriculum and what will be asked in exam papers. In this time, it is important to focus on exam preparations and the Klaskamer 10 –tutors are teachers with years of experience. We are actively involved at a variety of schools and work closely with the different departmental heads as well as mathematics and physical science teachers to make sure that our content is relevant. Cooperation with different education departments also facilitates with accurate and reliable resources.
Are there any other websites that you can recommend?
The best thing is to make sure the websites that you are using are from a reliable source and compiled by experts in their fields. Also look at the Department of Education’s website for previous exam papers where learners can practice and learn from.
eClass Room is also an excellent source for learners: https://e-classroom.co.za/
What should matric pupils do in preparation for exams?
Matric pupils should make sure that they stay clued up on the content. It’s already difficult to handle some of these content under normal circumstances. At the moment, with the closure of schools and the uncertainty, it is now more important than ever for matriculants to continuously stay clued up and to work through the curriculum on their own. This time should NOT be seen as a holiday, but rather time for self-study at home. That is why top-quality learning material is so incredibly important! It is also important to focus on Grade 11 content because these concepts will also be assessed in the June exams.
Klaskamer 10 is also providing free worksheets and have a complete BLIKslim-series available. These packages include in-depth video lessons, workbooks, exam papers, mind maps and other resources that will assist with self-study at home. Look at Klaskamer 10’s website under the BLIKslim-link (http://www.klaskamer10.co.za/BlikSlim.html) to equip yourself with the above. Make sure to get your package as soon as possible to start working on it.
How many hours per day should children spend on their schoolwork?
During this time, learners should devote more or else the same time on their schoolwork like they would have done on a normal school day. Five to six hours for all subjects is a good standard.
What activities would you recommend for leisure?
Since we’re not allowed to go out of our houses, we would suggest exercising. It might also be important for parents to do activities like reading a book, watching a documentary or to start a new hobby.
What is important for parents to remember in this time?
Learners should keep to their daily routine. Learners should also take a sense of responsibility in this time. The fact that schools are staying closed for a longer period doesn’t mean it’s a longer holiday. If learners keep to their routine and continue to do their schoolwork (from home) and work ahead, it won’t be a big adjustment when schools open again. It is important that learners take responsibility for their own academic achievements. Nobody is to blame for the current situation and all learners should now more than ever make use of excellent material for their preparation.
What can viewers look forward to in the next few weeks?
Klaskamer 10 will continue with the curriculum as set out by the Department of Education and will also have a series of episodes for exam revision. This will be done with a revision book that learners can download from our website.
Watch Klaskamer 10 weekdays at 15:00 on kykNET & kie, DStv-channel 145, and visit https://klaskamer10.co.za/ for additional resources.