Online Schooling FAQ

Online School

What are the IT specifications and one of our interactive requirements?

Smart devices (Desktops, laptops and tablets) can be used for our online school. The site is also mobile friendly allowing you to access the academy anytime, anywhere.

Wingu Academy is compatible with any standard compliant web browser.

 

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

These browsers sometimes have difficulty:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

 

Tablets need to run Android 7.0 and later (7.0 was released in 2016) and iPads need to run iOS 11 or later (released in 2017).

Please use the latest version of Chrome (no other browser is officially supported). Safari browser should be used for iPads.

Minimum internet speeds of 4mb per second are required (if only one student is online, higher speeds are required for more than one student).

Uncapped lines are recommended but not essential – each learner will use between 4 and 10 Gigs a month depending on how much they interact with the content.

What if english is not my first language?

Since the British international curriculum leads to an international high school qualification, these examinations are only set in English and all course material is also presented in English. However, even if English is not your first language, that should not prohibit you from doing this exceptional curriculum.

We provide extensive support to students whose first language is not English, to ensure that language is not a barrier to academic success.

What can I expect from Wingu Academy's Online Schooling?

School from home!

Wingu Academy is a completely online Primary and High School solution. You can expect:

 

  • Live classes per timetable by qualified teachers with great qualifications in their respective subject areas and phase of specialisation.
  • Continuous assessments and tests with termly reports.
  • Access to an internationally recognized British international curriculum.
  • Live, interactive virtual classrooms and workshops with real teachers and tutors.
  • Formal tasks for a portfolio of evidence as required by the Department of Basic Education
  • Collaborative learning online, as well as opportunities for field trips
  • Innovative problem based learning strategies, introducing students to robotics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and additive manufacturing (3D printing).

For more information about our online courses in South Africa, you can read all about The Wingu Way.

How does online learning work? Do I work at my own pace?

The idea behind online home school is so learners can work through their own courses on their own time, assisted by their learning coach. Each learning coach is tailored to the specific needs of each student. The learning coach assist with motivation, study methods and skills development. In addition, they monitor each learner’s daily progress, assisting them with work schedules, homework and goal setting. 

What subjects are offered?

 BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY AND LOWER SECONDARY SUBJECTS 

Primary and lower secondary subjects include English First Language, Afrikaans as a First Additional Language, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communications Technology, Art and Design and Global Perspectives. French, Spanish and German can also be taken as foreign languages. The Kukua programme offers subjects in coding and robotics.

HIGH SCHOOL COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

Grade 8 to 12 learners include English Home Language, Afrikaans as a First Additional Language and Mathematics as a compulsory subject for International GCSE and AS/A levels. Computer science is highly recommended for International GCSE level. We focus on preparing the students for the 4th industrial revolution – 4IR skills are used throughout the curriculum and computer science is crucial for the students’ success!

HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES

Both International GCSE and AS/A-Levels has Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies,  Accounting, History and Geography as elective subjects. Computer Science is highly recommended for International GCSE students, and an elective subject for AS/A level students. French, Spanish and German can also be taken as foreign languages. The Kukua programme offers subjects in coding, robotics and web development.

When do you start each of the courses?

Our courses commence at the start of each year. Wing Academy does accept stduents on a case-by-case basis throughout the year.

International GCSE

Students complete their International GCSE qualification in 2 years.  There will be additional support for students who join later in the programme.

Are there any prerequisites for my child to get into each subject level?

Yes, even though we are flexible and our programs bespoke, there are prerequisites for some subjects – please contact a consultant for more information.

What are the office hours and working week?

Our office hours are from 8:30 to 17:00 weekdays, except for public holidays.

Do children get breaks between lessons?

Yes, there is a schedule that is spread across the day and there is ample time for breaks.

Are all classes live interactive lessons?

Yes, all our Stage 1 – iAS classes are live, – unless the teacher has chosen a pre-recorded lesson. All workshops are live and interactive.

What is the school calendar?

The school year is split into 4 quarters with these approximate dates:

Quarter 1: Middle January – end of March;

Quarter 2: April – end of June;

Quarter 3: Middle July – end of September.

Quarter 4: September – first week of December.

 

Exact dates are available to all registered students.

Please contact a consultant for more information.