Intersen phase

Intersen phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

In the intersen 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 endeavour to prepare our learners to engage in a world that is constantly changing. This is achieved by our commitment to balance new trends in education with what we know works. In order to maintain this delicate balance we are part of a team of people who constantly work together to find new trends, test them and apply them where appropriate. 


  • English home language
  • Afrikaans OR isiZulu first additional language
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills
  • Natural Science
  • Technology (Grade 7 only)
  • Social Sciences  (History and Geography)
  • Computer Literacy
  • Robotics (Grades 4 to 6 only)
  • Economic and Management Sciences (Grade 7 only)

To align with 21st century skills Waterstone College 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. 


Waterstone College 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.