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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. 

In addition to a stringent academic regime, learners in the intermediate phase are encouraged to grow as confident and well-balanced individuals. Our emphasis is on developing the whole child. This is done by encouraging the learner to experience as much of life as they can through academics, sport, cultural activities and regular outings. We also offer an additional activity, robotics.  

Our focus is to build and encourage every learner’s talents. We encourage learners to challenge ideas and to experience school life in a fun and positive manner. 

As part of our ‘educating for life’ policy, we organise regular outings to places of interest around town in order to broaden your child’s view of the world around us.  


  • English home language  
  • Afrikaans or isiZulu first additional language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Life Skills 
  • Natural Sciences and Technology 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Computer Literacy 
  • Robotics 
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) (Grade 7) 
  • Arts and Culture (Grade 7) 

To align with 21st century skills St Dominics Newcastle 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. 


St Dominics Newcastle 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.

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