“Our goal is to develop our boys’ skills, attitude, values and thinking so that they become the Solutionaries of the future.”
The Senior Primary years are exciting developmental years where boys grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Cordwalles encourages boys to do the things they love and to find their ‘voice’ through having a vision, discipline, passion and conscience.
In Grades 4 and 5 our boys have class teachers who teach Mathematics, English, Afrikaans and Social Studies. Specialist teachers teach Zulu, Drama, Information Technology, Music, Art, Design Technology and Physical Education.
In Grade 6 and 7 specialist teaching is extended to English, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Afrikaans. Expert, specialist teachers are appointed in these fields. Boys are taught and encouraged to be organized, responsible and independent. Furthermore boys are taught to study more effectively. Our leadership programme in Grade 7 teaches the boys that leadership can be learnt and developed above one’s natural ability to lead. All boys are given the opportunity to take on monitor duties, giving them the opportunity to apply servant leadership. The Grade 7s’ are leaders in creating our hurt-free environment.
Our Curriculum has been developed with the national CAPS as a base, but with adjustments and extensions to create a Cordwalles Curriculum that is relevant, boy centered and includes critical thinking skills across all subjects. Grade 6 and 7 boys are streamed into sets for Mathematics and English thus enabling the teachers to plan lessons that accommodate the learning styles and the pace of learning in their classes. Individual boys may receive remediation or extension according to their needs.
Subjects offered are:
- Social Science
- Natural Science
- Information Technology
- Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- EMS for Grade 6
- Media Studies
The academic day is divided into 30 minute periods. There are ten periods in a day. The day starts at 07h30 with either assembly, chapel, Cordies Families or a form period and the academic programme starts at 08h00. A prep period is part of the school day from 14h15 – 14h45 for Grade 4 to 7, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Homework is given on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Boys have a Cordwalles Homework Diary where they are taught to record and manage their homework, studying and other school commitments. Teachers and parents monitor these diaries and guide the boys in time and task management. Teachers may give prep on a Wednesday or over the weekend and holidays. This is given with discretion. Prep can usually be completed within the prep lesson. Unfinished prep will be taken home to be completed. Preparation for tests requires further time and focus after school hours.
Computer skills are taught during IT lessons and are used through integration with the subjects taught in the classroom. Various software from major vendors such as Google, Microsoft, and others are used to teach the skills required by our digital natives for producing work in various formats. We also cover e-Safety, Networking, Robotics, and Coding. We have wireless access points throughout the school, with two computer labs and two IT specialist teachers. Every classroom has access to IT devices ranging from desktops, Chromebooks, and iPads. These are used by the students for research or working on subject-specific activities eg. Code.org, Tinkercad, CAMI Maths, Mathletics, Readers are Leaders, and other flipped- classroom activities. Devices in the classrooms are used for research, recording and assessing oral presentations, QR Codes, creating animated movies, flipped classroom activities, and reinforcing skills and knowledge through apps that both entertain and educate. Learning is meant to be fun and with a purpose. We want to teach our boys that technology must be supportive in nature, and while we do have all this technology at our disposal, we are quite aware of teaching our boys to maintain that balance and value relationships and having respect for each other and ourselves.
The Grade 4s’ are introduced to tests and marks for the first time. Their teachers spend a great deal of time teaching the boys how to learn and prepare for tests. Highlighting main ideas, mind-mapping, making lists, summarizing and using key cards are study skills taught and practiced. These study skills are continued through to Grade 7. Continuous assessment and formal testing are applied in all grades. In addition, Grade 6 and 7 write formal exams in all major subjects in the fourth term. This is part of our programme to prepare our boys for high school.
In 2014 we opened our Environmental Classroom. This eco-classroom, built in our Cordwalles forest, has been developed specifically for our boys who love the outdoors and nature as well as the freedom to move, explore and learn. This learning centre will be used by all teachers, in all subjects, to bring learning to life. The boys also use this area for their outdoor education lessons which are an hour once a fortnight.
Every year, during the second term, every boy from Grade 4 -7 has the opportunity to experience an environmental outing. Each grade chooses a venue with facilities and activities suitable to their grade. The boys are exposed to activities that test and develop their resilience and courage and their social and emotional skills.
The Headmaster teaches Guidance to every class from Grade RR to grade 7, once a week. It is an opportunity for the headmaster to connect with every boy and for the boys to get to know their Headmaster.
Relationships contribute to a happy and healthy life. At Cordwalles we create opportunities for our boys to foster relationships which are based on trust and respect, with friends and staff alike.
Cordwalles educates the whole child. Our boys have the tools to find their ‘voice’.