Intermediate Phase

Curriculum

We follow the new WCED CAPS curriculum where we ensure that our education offers equal opportunities for all children. Our curriculum for Grades 4 – 7 consists of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science & Technology
  • Social Sciences – History & Geography
  • Life Orientation – Physical Education, Music & Art
  • Economic & Management Sciences (Grade 7 only)

Discipline

The Intermediate Phase teachers believe that structure and consistency is naturally the first step towards maintaining control and discipline. Each teacher utilises
their own personal and individualised merit and demerit system. By utilising this system we focus on rewarding positive behaviour. However, there are instances where this reward system is not effective. Continual negative behavior may result in detention.


Homework Policy

Purpose:

Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of the Intermediate Phase teachers to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. Homework should provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence.

Time:

Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills, and the grade they are completing. If your child is spending an inordinate amount of time doing homework, you should contact your child’s teacher/s. Students are encouraged to pursue non-assigned, independent, leisure reading.

Late Work Policies:

Students are expected to turn work in on time. Students who turn in late assignments on a consistent basis will receive any of the following, based upon the individual teacher’s discretion or grade level policy

  • a demerit
  • break detention
  • after school detention on a Friday (13:00 to 14:00)

Students who miss homework because of absenteeism must make up the missed work. Students are given one calendar day for each day absent, plus one extra day to turn in their work. It is the students’ responsibility to obtain work missed due to illness or absence.


Responsibilities

Staff

Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning.

Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose.

Give feedback and correct homework.

Communicate with other teachers.

Involve parents and contact them if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops.

Parents

Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day.

Establish a quiet, well-lit study area.

Monitor the student’s organisation and daily list of assignments in their agenda.

Help the student to find the answer, not just get it done.

Be supportive when the student gets frustrated with difficult assignments.

Contact the teacher to stay well informed about the student’s learning process.

Students

Write down homework in the Homework Diary.

Be sure all assignments are clear; ask questions if necessary.

Set aside a regular time for studying.

Find a quiet, well-lit study area.

Work on homework independently whenever possible, so that it reflects student ability.

Produce quality work.

Make sure assignments are done according to the given instructions and completed on time.