Grade Four is the first year of the Intermediate Phase and is a giant leap from the Foundation Phase. There is a shift in the number of subjects from four, in Grade Three, to six in Grade Four. The subjects offered are two languages (English, as home language and Afrikaans are First Additional), Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and PSW (performing arts, visual arts, Physical education). We have contextualised the CAPS curriculum to develop the holistic needs of the individual child. Focus is given to the identification and building on of the academic strengths of the child. Our classrooms are a safe, non-threatening environment.
Our Grade Four teachers for 2016 are Mrs Flanagan (head of Grade), Miss Impey, Miss Schemel, Miss Engelbrecht and Mr McIntyre.
We would encourage the Grade Fours to participate in all aspects of their school life as they settle into the routine and structures of the Intermediate / Senior Phase campus.
In Grade 5, we have a wonderful group of teachers – Mrs Lutge (Grade Head), Mrs de Lange, Mrs Erasmus, Miss Lawrence and Mrs Valentine. We also have learnerships, Miss Smith and Mr Hoole. As teachers, we aim to encourage a love for learning by engaging learners in interesting lessons, encouraging participation and ensuring integration of the classroom with the outside world. One of our aims is to plan an exciting educational outing per term which will be linked to a section of a specific learning area so as to afford learners practical experiences.
We have already visited the museum where we attended a presentation on the San and Khoikhoi people. This was very interesting as we got to see many artefacts, displays and learnt about the history of the people. This outing is linked to our Social Sciences curriculum where we learn about the early inhabitants of Southern Africa.
The Grade 5 teachers strive to ensure that quality teaching and learning takes place in the classroom, as well as during homework sessions at home. There are a few projects and assignments planned for the year and we expect quality work to be submitted. We also expect parental supervision with homework tasks. If there is good communication and support between teacher and parent, the year will be a smooth and successful one for your child.
Reading in Grade Six
Our Grade 6 teachers are Mrs Hobbs (Grade Head), Mr Delport (6D), Mrs Posthumus (6P), Miss Flavio (6F) and Mrs Tessendorf (6T). We also have a learnership, Miss Potgieter.
We believe, as grade six teachers, in the concept of ‘life-long-learning’. There is always something new to learn from one another. Vast amounts of knowledge and experiences can be learnt in different settings.
Subjects for Grade 6 are: English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Skills, Social Sciences and Natural Science and Technology.
Highlights for the year are a leadership camp at Santa Paloma Guest Farm as well as the election of prefects.
In grade 7 we have 5 dedicated, hard working class teachers, Heading up Grade 7 is Mr Barry West who has been teaching at Cambridge Primary for the past 34 years. He is also in charge of Social Sciences (History & Geography) and Life Orientation.
Mrs Jo-ann Nebbe is the head of English,
Ms Lyn Shone is in charge of Afrikaans,
Mrs Nicole Vosloo in charge of Mathematics,
Miss Pumeza Mnguni in charge of Natural Sciences and EMS,
Mrs Tanya Human in charge of Creative Arts (drama),
Mr Mthuthuzeli Genge in charge of Creative arts (Art),
Mr Andre Valentine in charge of Creative Arts (Music) and
Mr Chad Cunninghham in charge of Technology.
Miss Daniel Leach is the Grade 7 Learnership, presently in her final year of study. She teachers certain subjects in Grade 7 and in Grade 6. She is also there to assist all Grade 7 teachers when the need arises.
The main objective in Grade 7 is to prepare the pupils for their senior school years. We encouraged the pupils to take responsibility for there own work and by being committed to the task at hand. We also encourage them to get involved as much as possible, in the life of the school.
Intermediate Phase Library
Reading is a skill which is vitally important in developing vocabulary and increasing knowledge and life experiences. Learning is difficult enough without still being disadvantaged due to poor reading skills.
At Cambridge great focus is placed on the importance of books. We enjoy visits from various book stores, who kindly donate a generous percentage of their proceeds to our school. Enormous gratitude is extended to our Governing Body for a generous annual allocation of money which is used to expand not only the book stock of the school library but that of the class libraries too.
Our children are always excited to find the latest additions to our shelves. We are privileged indeed to be able to engender a love of and excitement for reading.
Our Library is a haven of peace and tranquility for pupils and staff alike. Comfortable couches, air-conditioners, beautiful décor and fully stocked shelves – what more could a bookworm ask for?
Children have the opportunity of doing research in the Library during the afternoons. The Library and Computer room work in tandem to assist children wherever possible.
We are currently in the process of automating our Library system.
Our children travel to and from school almost 200 times a year. Our brave, young scholar patrol students perform a very important and responsible service by controlling the traffic and helping our pupils to safely cross the very busy roads adjoining the school. These pupils face standing in the rain, wind and heat in crossing your children safely. Apart from providing a safe crossing to our school, our scholar patrol pupils have proven themselves to be mature and have a sense of responsibilities of a true Cantebridgian – NON VOBIS!
Outdoor Education has got off to a good start this term. The Grade 5 classes visited the museum and learnt about the San Bushmen and the Khoi Khoi. Pupils enjoyed seeing models of these people and were able to see their hunting gear etc. The pupils were given the opportunity to wander around and see other displays of interest. Pupils who have difficulty sitting still in a classroom situation thoroughly enjoy outings. They do not have to sit still and have hands on experiences, Pupils learn without realising they are actually learning. Teachers also enjoy the time out. Pupils who thrive on academic work also benefit from these outings because they are able to find out other information and so doing broaden their horizons. Pupils also learn more than just book knowledge on outings. The Grade 6 pupils will be visiting the museum in February and will be learning about food chains.