Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 6
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.
To align with 21st century skills Woodhill 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.
Woodhill 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.
The school adopts a modern approach to leadership. Our vision is to assist the Grade 6 learners in experiencing leadership development opportunities. We subscribe to the notion of ‘service leadership’ as an appropriate model for South African society. The model we have adopted teaches the concepts of election to leadership positions and accountability to the electorate. The learners develop the necessary skills within themselves to attain these positions of leadership later in life.
Learners have to attend developmental sessions once a week, where modules on development are presented by members of the school executive.
All Grade 6 learners are presented with a special leadership development tie in their Grade 6 year, to be worn on special occasions and at formal school functions.
Part of the development of service to the community and beyond includes the Grade 6 learners being part of the outreach programme, where learners from underprivileged areas are cared for in various ways at different times of the year. The Wet Nose Programme, CANSA, Children’s Homes, Barefoot Day and the Methodist Church Feeding Scheme are all actively and enthusiastically supported by the whole primary school.