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Intermediate phase

Intermediate phase: Grade 4 to Grade 7 

Our academic programme follows the government CAPS curriculum. We also have our own curriculum developers who are experts in their respective fields and ‘inject’ cutting-edge topics and techniques into the curriculum. Our Robotics programme speaks to design, technology, problem-solving and computer programming, and adds to the fun of academic curiosity. 

We strive to develop 21st century skills in our learners and each classroom has its own interactive whiteboard with every Grade 6 and 7 learner working on their own tablet. 

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 in this phase. This phase aims to prepare learners for the senior phase in our high school. 


  • English home language  
  • Afrikaans first additional language 
  • isiZulu second additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Technology (Computer Studies) 
  • Physical Education 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Human and Social Sciences 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Arts and Culture (this includes Art, Drama and Music. Musical instruments available are: guitar, violin, recorder and marimba) 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Hillcrest 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 Hillcrest 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. 

Adventure Out There programme 

We are very blessed to supplement our academic programme by taking learning outside to the great outdoors. Our Adventure Out There programme extends beyond ordinary outings, excursions and tours and provides a balanced, fun-filled outdoor experience. Along with formal practical environmental studies, learners are challenged with activities and exercises that give them an opportunity to discover and develop their potential and learn other important life skills. This programme includes sleeping out, starting with two nights in Grade 4 and increasing to five nights by Grade 7.  

Some of the practical skills covered are: 

  • Water studies and water safety 
  • Farming 
  • Marine studies 
  • Risk management 
  • Camping 
  • Hiking 
  • Canoeing 
  • Rope work 
  • Fire safety 
  • Flora and fauna studies 
  • First aid 
  • Abseiling 
  • Orienteering 
  • Scuba diving 
  • Archery 
  • Animal interaction 

Spiritual programme 

A Christian lifestyle is the all-encompassing value system here at Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy. Our educators are the role models who demonstrate a lifestyle of ethics, integrity, discipline and love in the school programme. Learners are encouraged to find biblical solutions to contemporary challenges, to apply Godly wisdom and understanding to every circumstance, and to develop their natural talents in harmony with spiritual growth.