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Intermediate phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

In the intermediate 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. 

Curriculum 

  • English or Afrikaans home language  
  • English or Afrikaans first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences and Technology 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Life Skills 
  • Creative Arts 
  • Robotics 
  • Economic and Management Sciences with a focus on Accounting (Grade 7) 
  • Applied Mathematics (Grade 7) 
  • Technology (Grade 7) 
  • siSwati 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Computers 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Nelspruit 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 Nelspruit 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.   

The language departments strive to provide learners with exposure to modern and contemporary literature as well as the works of world-renowned and South African poets and writers. Learners are encouraged to express themselves through language and literature. This culminates in participation in public speaking, debating and eisteddfods. 

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. 

Robotics 

Preparing our learners for the future! 

At Curro Nelspruit we strive to give our learners the best possible education. We have integrated robotics into the Natural Sciences curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and we also run a robotics club after school. 

Learners develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity and planning. Robotics also promotes logical thinking. 

The robotics club is for learners who wish to do more extensive robotics. Here they work in teams. We register teams for the Robotics Olympiads. At these Olympiads a specific problem is given to the learners. The learners need to program the robot to perform the movements in order to solve the problem. 

Robotics is educational, fun and an excellent 21st century learning tool. 

For more information, contact Adri Kruger. 

21st century learning 

Teaching and learning now also include the use of tablets in the classroom. Curro Nelspruit is embracing 21st century learning. We use e-versions of existing ink-and-paper textbooks on tablets for the learners in our schools. Our educators supplement these with video clips, photos, audio files, extra notes, learners’ work and homework by using our Wi-Fi intranet system at school. 

Tablets can ensure that: 

  • Our classes are places where lively discussions happen 
  • Content stays current through regular updates 
  • Learning involves solving problems and encourages thinking 
  • Learners share their thinking and opinions in groups 
  • Educators cater for diversity as learners work at their own pace and have support to excel or catch up 
  • Alternative assessment strategies are implemented 

Developing successful adolescents means providing them with life skills, such as team building, leadership and community awareness. For this reason, Curro Nelspruit offers grade camps for approximately one week during the year so that learners have the ability to take part and interact in a diverse set of circumstances, including in physical, mental and social challenges. 

Real Life 4 Kids 

The Grade 5s of Curro Nelspruit are given the opportunity to experience real-life situations in a fun and challenging game called Real Life 4 Kids. This is the fifth year that Curro will be offering this to their Grade 5s. 

It is said that children are poorly prepared for the realities of the financial decisions that they will need to cope with as adults. Real Life 4 Kids seeks to address this by allowing the learners to deal with these decisions in a fun, yet challenging game. 

The game is similar to Monopoly, where the learners are paid to come to school, as well as for good work. This sounds great, but there is a catch. With this money they need to pay for their bus fare, buy a home, pay fines, purchase medical aid and many other life expenses. They do get to earn more money by doing various jobs like being a mayor, selling home-made goods to their classmates, buying stocks and tendering for business. Life happens and disasters strike, people tend not to be honest, with real-life scams happening. There are also community outreaches where you invest your finances and time without financial benefits to you. These are some of the issues they have to deal with. They are exposed to the financial world with EFT transactions, maintaining an income, an expenses balance sheet, as well as taxes. Winners are categorised according to eco-friendly homes, how they play the game, and of course the final winner is the one with the biggest bank balance! 

For more information, contact Janene Bladwell.