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.
- English or Afrikaans home language
- English or Afrikaans first additional language
- Life Skills (Life orientation, personal and social well-being and art)
- Natural Sciences and Technology
- Social Sciences (Geography and History)
- Computer Literacy
- Bible studies
To align with 21st century skills Curro Heuwelkruin 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 Heuwelkruin 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.
Preparing our learners for the future!
At Curro Heuwelkruin we strive to give our learners the best possible education. We have integrated robotics into the Natural Sciences curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and we also run a robotics club after school.
Learners develop skills such as problem-solving, creativity and planning. Robotics also promotes logical thinking.
The robotics club is for learners who wish to do more extensive robotics. Here they work in teams. We register teams for the Robotics Olympiads. At these Olympiads a specific problem is given to the learners. The learners need to program the robot to perform the movements in order to solve the problem.
Robotics is educational, fun and an excellent 21st century learning tool.
21st century learning
Teaching and learning now also include the use of tablets in the classroom. Curro Heuwelkruin is embracing 21st century learning. We use e-versions of existing ink-and-paper textbooks on tablets for the learners in our schools. Our educators supplement these with video clips, photos, audio files, extra notes, learners’ work and homework by using our Wi-Fi intranet system at school.
Tablets can ensure that:
- Our classes are places where lively discussions happen
- Content stays current through regular updates
- Learning involves solving problems and encourages thinking
- Learners share their thinking and opinions in groups
- Educators cater for diversity as learners work at their own pace and have support to excel or catch up
- Alternative assessment strategies are implemented