The Senior Primary Phase is a significant period in the development of students, as it is during this time that learning and evaluation becomes more formal and structured.
According to Luke 2: 49 – 52 Jesus grew in:
Favour with God (Spiritual)
Favour with man (Social)
This suggests a picture of the well-rounded development of the whole child and it is against this backdrop that we set our objectives in the Senior Primary Phase.
During the 3 years spent in this phase, emphasis is given to the following aspects of academic development:
- The art of effective communication – through listening, speaking, and writing;
- Identifying and solving problems by using creative and critical thinking;
- Collecting, analysing, organising and evaluating information;
- The wonder of creation and our stewardship of the earth. They begin to understand the world as a set of related systems founded by the Creator.
- Producing learners who can use Scriptures, Science and Technology effectively;
- Music and Art;
- The daily use of a diary encourages responsibility and accountability.
Pupils are exposed to a variety of sporting and recreational opportunities, both during the school day and as part of the extramural programme. Opportunities to develop healthy attitudes, make appropriate choices, and value team dynamics abound on the sports fields. Skills required in different sporting disciplines are acquired through specialised coaching.
Respect for our bodies and the consequent importance of a healthy lifestyle is encouraged. Attention is given to eating habits, personal hygiene and the value of appropriate exercise and adequate rest. Pupils begin to understand the design of their bodies and are encouraged to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Pupils are strongly encouraged to develop a relationship with God. The foundation is a knowledge of God’s love and acceptance for them and that nothing they can do will separate them from this remarkable love.
These concepts are taught through:
- The reading and memorizing of Scripture;
- Regular times of praise and worship;
- Instruction in the fundamentals of prayer;
- Discipleship classes and chapel times.
A vast number of social skills are taught formally and gleaned informally during these years. Underlying the skills taught is the truth that each person that we come in contact with is a unique and special creation and should be treated as such.
Areas of focus include:
- Celebrating God’s diversity as displayed in different cultures, age groupings and genders;
- The building and nurturing of friendships;
- The basics of conflict resolution;
- The understanding of servanthood;
- Good manners and social graces;
- The fundamentals of authority and submission;
- The richness to be found in teams.
- Stewardship (of the environment, time, personal property and so forth);
- All Grade 6 pupils are given leadership opportunities;
- Outreach opportunities;
- Club activities include performing arts, visual arts, hand crafts and culinary arts.