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Senior Phase Curriculum: Grade 8 & 9
The Grade 8s and 9s take the following subjects: English as a home language level, Afrikaans at an additional language level, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Natural Science, Social Sciences, Economic Management Sciences, Technology and Creative Arts. Arrangements can be made for French or German instead of Afrikaans as a first additional language.
English is taught at a home language level. The home language level provides for language proficiency that reflects the basic interpersonal communication skills required in social situations and the cognitive academic skills essential for learning across the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the teaching of the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This level also provides learners with a literary, aesthetic and imaginative ability that will give them with the ability to recreate, imagine, and understand the world they live in. The emphasis on listening and speaking is lower than on the reading and writing skills.
Afrikaans is taught at the first additional language level. The first additional language refers to a language which is not a mother tongue but which is used for certain communicative functions in a society. By the end of Grade 9, these learners should be able to use their home language and first additional language effectively and with confidence for a variety of purposes, including learning.
Mathematics involves observing, representing and investigating patterns and quantitative relationships in physical and social phenomena and between mathematical objects themselves. It helps to develop mental processes that enhance logical and critical thinking, accuracy and problem-solving that will contribute in decision-making.
Life Orientation is central to the holistic development of learners. It addresses skills, knowledge and values for the personal, social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of learners, and is concerned with the way in which these facets are interrelated. Life Orientation guides and prepares learners for life and its possibilities and equips them for meaningful and successful living in a rapidly changing and transforming society. The focus of Life Orientation is the development of self-in-society. It promotes self-motivation and teaches learners how to apply goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making strategies. Learners are guided to develop their full potential and are provided with opportunities to make informed choices regarding personal and environmental health, study opportunities and future careers.
Science is a systematic way of looking for explanations and connecting the ideas we have. In Science certain methods of inquiry and investigation are generally used. These methods lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach to scientific inquiry that attempts at objectivity. The science knowledge we teach at school is not in doubt – most of it has been tested and known since the 1800s – but the learners will learn something of the arguments and confusion among the people who were the first to investigate this knowledge. Science also explores the frontiers of the unknown. The topics covered are: life and living matter and materials, energy and change and planet earth and beyond.
The subject Social Sciences consists of History and Geography. Although the two disciplines are kept separate, this curriculum is designed to complement the knowledge (content, skills and concepts) outlined in each. The Social Sciences curriculum aims to provide opportunities for learners to look at their own worlds with fresh, critical eyes, and perhaps more importantly, it aims to introduce learners to a world beyond their everyday realities. Learners are trained to speculate, to debate, to make connections, to select, to prioritise and to persist, in tackling real issues and important questions.
Economic Management Sciences
The subject Economic and Management Sciences deals with the efficient and effective use of different types of private, public or collective resources to satisfy people’s needs and wants. It reflects critically on the impact of resource exploitation on the environment and on people. It also deals with effective management of scarce resources in order to maximise profit. Economic and Management Sciences is a practical subject that equips learners with real-life skills for personal development and the development of the community.
Technology stimulates learners to be innovative and develops their creative and critical thinking skills. It teaches them to manage time and material resources effectively, provides opportunities for collaborative learning and nurtures teamwork. These skills provide a solid foundation for several FET subjects as well as for the world of work.In the educational context, Technology can be defined as: The use of knowledge, skills, values and resources to meet people’s needs and wants by developing practical solutions to problems, taking social and environmental factors into consideration.
The subject Creative Arts provides exposure to and study of a range of art forms including dance, drama, music and visual arts (including design and crafts). The main purpose of the subject Creative Arts is to develop learners as creative, imaginative individuals who appreciate the arts and who have the basic knowledge and skills to participate in arts activities and to prepare them for possible further study in the art forms of their choice in Further Education and Training (FET).