Grade 10 to 12
In this final phase, learners’ ability shifts from guided learning of content, to their ability to think and learn independently. It is in this phase that we see the intentional love of learning development, that has been focused on in previous phases, flourish. Learners progress from the known to the unknown, from concrete to abstract and from empirical to the hypothesis. This journey is facilitated by dedicated educators who are not only purveyors of knowledge, but also teach life skills such as time management, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
The required fundamental subjects in this phase are English HL, Afrikaans FAL, Mathematics (Core or Literacy) and Life Orientation. Our subject choices include Accounting, Business Studies, History, Geography, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Design Thinking, Further Studies English, Further Studies Mathematics, I.T. and C.A.T.
Through effective listening and speaking strategies, learners collect and synthesise information, construct knowledge, solve problems, and express ideas and opinions in a safe space. Critical listening skills enable learners to recognise values and attitudes embedded in texts and to challenge biased and manipulative language. All these oral communication skills are conveyed through the appropriate use of language structures, the practising of which supports learning across the curriculum and, ultimately, beyond the classroom as learners enter the world of work. Learners are exposed wide range of relevant literary and non-literary texts including visual texts and film.
English Further Studies aims to provide learners who have significant enthusiasm for English with the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in this area. Learners are provided with the opportunity to extend themselves by engaging with challenging poetry, texts and films, which will enable them to respond to literature in its broadest context.
Afrikaans focuses on developing skills like writing, speaking, understanding the language and interpreting one’s own views.
Mathematics is a problem-solving activity taught in an environment where learners learn from both their teachers and their peers, where learners feel safe to make mistakes and be encouraged to formulate ideas and verbalise their thinking. The assessments we provide in Mathematics are diverse, ranging from the traditional tests and examinations to alternate assessment strategies which demand conceptual understanding rather than routine processes.
Mathematical Literacy is aimed at the more practical application of Maths principles and concepts needed in everyday life. For example, calculating areas, volumes, circumference, calculating profit and loss, drawing up a budget, etc.
Further Studies Mathematics (AP Maths) is offered by the IEB as a certified exam. Over the course of this programme, learners develop independence, critical thinking skills and an extended understanding of Mathematics, which builds a foundation for tertiary education.
Learners are trained in the skill of ‘How to think’ rather than the drill of ‘What to think.’ Breadth and depth of thinking are nurtured as learners are introduced to the Accounting Model and the Accounting Cycle. The curiosity of learners is evoked as they learn to differentiate between a variety of business transactions. They are taken on an adventure of processing these from Source, through Journals, Ledgers and finally to Trial Balance level.
Business Studies encompasses business principles, theory and practice that underpin the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, sustainable enterprises and economic growth. This subject will build a strong foundation for those students who wish to move on to further study and training in specialised areas such as management, international business, marketing, accounting, information and communication technology, or entrepreneurship.
Drama studies integrate both practical experiences and the study of specific texts. Our practical work develops communication, interaction and representation. We explore how dramatic and theatre elements are selected and combined for the purposes within diverse contexts. Drama students will acquire specific abilities to express themselves and communicate through learning the skills of improvisation, vocal and physical communication, interpretation and expressiveness and the creation and presentation of performances.
Learners are introduced to a variety of design disciplines, including Architectural and Environmental Design; Interior Design; Fashion Design; Jewellery Design; Industrial Design and Graphic Design. The design process is taught through a design portfolio in which students record their process of thoughts and ideas, responding to a given design problem.
Geography covers topics like Settlement, Climate and Geomorphology we are not only teaching facts and skills the curriculum requires, but creating opportunities to understand and accept differing cultures. We cross curriculums, using Mathematics for measurement and calculations, and Natural Science, studying vegetation.
History teaches learners to question and assess any evidence reported, and more particularly, to distinguish between evidence and interpretation. These are invaluable skills to acquire for any future field of employment. Lessons include discussions of current events. Historical sources are analysed and interpreted. Historical research investigations are undertaken. Heritage sites are visited. Relevant films are screened. Guest speakers play an important role.
Information Technology is the study of the various interrelated physical and non-physical technologies used for the capturing of data, the processing of data into useful information and the management, presentation and dissemination of data. Information Technology studies the activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical and computational thinking.
Life Sciences covers Life at the molecular, cellular and tissue level, Diversity, change and continuity of life, Environmental studies & Life processes in plants and animals.
Life Orientation aims to develop productive and well-centred young people, who are able to lead themselves and others by focusing on the following topics: development of the self in society; social and environmental responsibility; democracy and human rights; careers and career choices, study skills & physical education (PE).
Physical Sciences investigates physical and chemical phenomena. This is done through scientific inquiry, application of scientific models, theories and laws in order to explain and predict events in the physical environment. This subject also deals with society’s need to understand how the physical environment works in order to benefit from it and responsibly care for it.
Art provides opportunities to stimulate and develop learners’ intellect, engaging their creative imagination through visual and tactile experiences and the innovative use of materials and technology in the realisation of their ideas. This provides the basis for learners to develop an individual visual language, which in turn is informed and shaped by immersion in the visual culture of the past and present. Learners acquire the capacity to make practical and aesthetic decisions in the development of a coherent body of work, and become actively involved in shaping physical, social and cultural environments.