Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 6 (higher grades will phase in annually)
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.
To align with 21st century skills Curro Monaghan focuses on core subjects, namely Mathematics, Languages, Science and Technology.
The Mathematics curriculum has been rewritten to allow for a learner-centric, problem-solving approach.
Curro Monaghan 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.
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.
Tablets were formally launched in our classrooms in 2016 and have created an unrivalled world of possibilities in education. The learning process is no longer content-driven, but encompasses the knowledge explosion, which is constantly available all around us. Educators are now able to send multi-media learning support material home and learning material is kept alive and current.
21st century skills in our classrooms