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.
To align with 21st century skills Curro Klerksdorp 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 Klerksdorp 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 top 5 learners of each term get the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and cake with the educators in the staffroom. With this gesture learners are rewarded for their hard work throughout every term. This also motivates other learners to work harder to be in the Top 5.
With our market day, the Grade 7 learners have the opportunity to show off their marketing and business skills.
The aim of the market day is not to see how big the profit for the day can be. Market day forms part of the Grade 7 Economic and Management syllabus. It is therefore an opportunity for the Grade 7 learners to develop their marketing and business skills under the guidance of the educators involved.
An important aspect of the market day is that learners must set up their stalls by themselves and no parents are involved.