Senior Primary (Standard 4 – 7)
This section of the school caters for children in Standards 4 up to Standard 7. At this stage, learners are introduced to more specialist subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Design & Technology, in addition to Music, Physical Education and Languages (French, Setswana and Conversational Setswana) which they have previously encountered in Junior Primary. The cognitive skills of problem solving and independent thinking are further strengthened across the curriculum within each subject. Learners also get used to moving between classroom and laboratory and meeting different specialist teachers during the course of the day by following a timetable, similar to what they will find at secondary school. This involves the development of personal organizational skills and self-discipline which will assist in the transition to high school. Meanwhile, the class teacher still maintains a key pastoral role in the development of the learner. There are also opportunities in the upper school for individuals to demonstrate and further develop leadership skills through the selection of Prefects, House Captains and Vice Captains.
The students go to the library once a week. They are taught basic skills that they need to know to help them in the use of the library and in their education. The skills enable them to use library resources effectively and to know a lot about the library in general. As a result, students are able to use libraries elsewhere, whether public libraries or other libraries.
- To foster an interest in learning other languages in a way that is fun.
- To extend each child to his /her full potential in the language and to give him/her the foundations and desire for future study.
- To help children develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
In 2016, we introduced Conversational French for the Standard 2’s and 3’s. The main aim of the conversational classes is to encourage students to engage actively and in a fun manner in the French language using games, role-play, paired work and songs. During these lessons, children are encouraged to respond to and show an understanding of simple classroom instructions, numbers, colours, days of the week, shapes, etc.
From Standard 4 to 7, we develop and nurture competence in the four skills (Language Attainment Targets) of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Children also do displays and presentations about the French culture and civilization. The use of songs, games and role playing is critical in building the confidence and promoting enjoyment and proficiency in the French language. Students are regularly assessed in all competences and, as of October 2017, all Standard 7’s will sit the DELF Junior/Scolaire Examination, The Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF or Diploma of French Language Studies) is an internationally recognized French Language Proficiency Certificate awarded by France’s national Ministry of Education. It consists of a series of independent assessments based on a scale of language proficiency defined in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a framework used in second language learning around the world.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology (D&T) is a fantastic subject!
At Broadhurst School, the D&T department look forward to engaging the pupils in exciting new projects that challenge and inspire them to think about the world they live in.
From Standard 3 onwards, Broadhurst pupils get dedicated time for D&T. It is at this point that they start to focus and build upon their existing skills. The process of design is taken from the planning stages, where we research, discuss and draw out ideas, through to making our finished piece of work. We aim for the children to learn the importance of problem solving and evaluating. Design and technology incorporates many areas of the curriculum and can be used to consolidate work completed in Science, Mathematics and English.
Every pupil gets an opportunity to show off their skills in this subject and we hope that they enjoy the process in achieving practical work that they can be proud of.
Computing at Broadhurst Primary aims to assist learners to reach high levels of computer literacy, as well as competency in the use of different software packages and media. Software they come into contact with includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Paint, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access and Logo. Other skills include Network Navigation, Research on the Internet, Data handling and effective folder management. Each student works on his or her own computer, yet cooperative learning is encouraged so that more accomplished learners can freely share their abilities with their peers.
All skills are taught in a purposeful environment that allows the learner to develop at his or her own pace. It is essential that children embrace the ever-changing world of technology and with the correct knowledge, attitude and skills they will be able to recognize the computers and other media as an incredible aid to modern life, as it is.
Setswana as the First Language:
Language is taught in four components: Grammar, Comprehension, Spelling, Composition and letter. Innovative teaching methodologies, such as Mind Maps (Tree Maps, Circle Maps, Double Bubble Maps, etc.), Rubrics and Thinking Hats are incorporated. Setswana games are used to reinforce and motivate pupils.
Conversational Setswana is taught through fun and enjoyment, games, songs, role-play and group work. Pupils also write simple sentences and learn how to spell frequently used Setswana words. Teaching methodologies, such as Mind Maps, Rubrics and Thinking hats are incorporated.