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Intersen phase

In the intersen 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 
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences and Technology 
  • Social Sciences (Geography and History) 
  • Life Skills  
  • Information Technology 
  • Arts 
  • Robotics  
  • Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) (Grade 7) 
  • Xhosa 

To align with 21st century skills Curro Durbanville 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 Durbanville 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. 

Additional information on the intersen phase  

  • IT classes and access to the Internet for research 
  • Formal assessments in the form of exams twice a year 
  • Parent/educator discussions three times a year  on occasion learners accompany their parents to discuss their progress and to draw up a joint development plan 
  • Participation in various types of sport 
  • Entrepreneurs Day to promote learners’ marketing skills (Grade 6) 
  • An annual camp for the Grade 6s to create an awareness of our environment  life skills such as leadership and group work are also focused on 
  • Outings in conjunction with the curriculum work covered in class 
  • A learning programme with content that is integrated with the curriculum 
  • Enrichment work 
  • A reading and spelling programme as priority in the intermediate phase 
  • Participation in the eisteddfod 
  • An Evening of Excellence function at which EVERY learner receives recognition for the work done during the academic year, and recognition for sport and cultural achievements 
  • Participation in Olympiads 
  • Participation in IEB core skills test (Grades 4 to 6) 
  • Leadership skills development programmes 
  • Living Maths 
  • IBT tests 
  • Art club 
  • Learner discussions twice a year 
  • Group meetings with therapists and parents regarding the learner’s progress 

Progression and promotion 

Curro Durbanville follows the national curriculum, which has once again been revised and is now known as CAPS. We have also added a Curro curriculum to the national curriculum in order to expand the scope of learning. 

At the end of each year the executive head and the operational head together discuss all promotions from Group 5 to Grade 7. Discussions are also held with educators where necessary. 

All the promotions of Grade R to Grade 6 learners in the primary school are done in accordance with the national curriculum document.