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Senior preparatory phase

Senior preparatory phase: Grade 4 to Grade 6

In the senior preparatory phase, the emphasis is still on establishing basic foundations but learners are led into more abstract thought and independent work. Application of skills and concepts is also a focus area in this phase. This phase aims to prepare learners for the senior phase in the high school.

We aim to embrace 21st century learning by incorporating the use of tablets into our classrooms. We currently raise children who are ‘digital natives’. By embracing innovative technology into our school, we are speaking the language our learners understand.

The senior preparatory phase includes learners from Grades 4 up to and including Grade 6.

At Grantleigh we strive to build on the needs of the individual from the points of knowledge, skills, values, concepts and attitudes. The overall approach is child-centred and regular staff meetings are held to discuss the best way forward for the individuals in our care.

A strong culture of environmentalism exists and learners regularly go on outings and excursions to areas where this important awareness is reinforced. Academic excursions are a feature of our school and, with a fleet of buses at our disposal, places of educational interest are readily accessible and all grades enjoy major and minor excursions.

Curriculum

  • English home language
  • Afrikaans first additional language
  • Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • Natural Sciences
  • Human and Social
  • Sciences (Geography and History)
  • Computer Studies
  • Music
  • Arts

To align with 21st century skills Curro Select Grantleigh focuses on core subjects, namely Mathematics, Languages, Science and Technology.

Mathematics

The Mathematics curriculum has been rewritten to allow for a learner-centric, problem-solving approach.

Languages

Curro Select Grantleigh uses an individualised approach of matching learners to book levels as well as using guided reading and writing when teaching languages. Added to this is the implementation of reciprocal teaching of reading to enhance each learner’s deeper reading comprehension.

Science and Technology

In Robotics learners build and program Lego robots for 25% of the tuition time. The Science curriculum has been adapted to include 21st century content and learning.