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. The intermediate phase focuses on the continuation of 21st century skills. These skills are summarised as the 3Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic), 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity and innovation) and 2Ms (meta-cognition and motivation).
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.
From Grade 4 through to Grade 12, tablets form an essential part of learning and teaching in all subjects. Interactive textbooks are loaded onto the learners’ tablets, where they are able to highlight important content, make notes, draw sketches and browse the Internet for research purposes. Additional content such as videos, documents and even activities can be pushed to the textbooks by educators to enhance the learning experience. By embracing innovative technology into our school, we are speaking the language our learners understand.
To align with 21st century skills Curro Hermanus 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 Hermanus 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.