Curriculum

academics

Cedar House School makes exciting use of its independent space to offer a rigorous, innovative and appealing academic programme that extends from Grade 4 to Grade 12. We are proud of the high levels of student engagement with our curriculum. A cornerstone of our curriculum is our commitment to education outside of and beyond the classroom. This takes expression in many short outings and longer camps, which are listed on our yearly calendar.

Grades 10 – 12

Cedar House is registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) and our students write the South African National Senior Certificate (Matric) exams offered by the IEB. As a community, we are wholly committed to the IEB as an examining body which has the highest levels of integrity and whose students have a proven record of high levels of success at tertiary institutions.

In addition to the conventional curriculum, we offer Advanced Programme Mathematics from Grades 10 – 12 and Advanced Programme English in Grades 11 and 12.

We are part of the IEB “One Research Task” project, which requires every Grade 12 student to complete an academically demanding Research Task in one subject chosen from History, Geography, Life Sciences or Life Orientation. This endeavour constitutes excellent preparation for tertiary studies.

The English Department offers an exciting and innovative Grade 10 curriculum, where students all study core skills and are able to choose from a range of literature modules.

The Life Orientation Department requires students to engage deeply in investigating and answering (via a presentation) meaningful questions that the students themselves articulate.

Senior Stage

The Senior Stage is a two-year stage, spanning Grades 8 and 9. Students learn in multi-age groups. Each of the two years is divided into two six-month Semesters. This implies that the Senior Stage comprises four semesters. During each Semester, all students learn English, Mathematics and Afrikaans or isiXhosa. Every student is required to choose one of the following: Physical Education, Physical Theatre or Walking. Every student does Life Orientation for one semester each year.

In addition to the compulsory subjects listed above, each student is required to choose three optional modules in each semester of the Stage, making a total of twelve optional modules by the end of the two years. The following restrictions apply to these choices:

  • During the course of each academic year, every student must select at least one Natural Sciences module and one Humanities module. More than one may, of course, be selected.
  • No module may be selected twice.

While we do our best to cater to every student’s needs, timetabling constraints sometimes imply that we will have to request that a subject choice be reconsidered and altered to fit into the timetable. The modules are intensive and in-depth, with six hours of contact time in a nine-day cycle. This results in a rich and deep learning experience. This, combined with some freedom of choice and a range of exciting learning possibilities, has resulted in energized and directed Senior Stage student group.

  Module choices Description
1 HUMANITIES – HISTORY Module 1: Human Rights and human wrongs.
2 HUMANITIES – HISTORY Module 2: Hot Spots and Hot Issues
3 HUMANITIES – HISTORY Module 3: Revolutions that have changed the modern world
4 HUMANITIES – HISTORY Module 4: The History of the World in Objects
5 HUMANITIES – GEOG Module 1: Geoplay.
6 HUMANITIES – GEOG Module 2: Geography in the media
7 NATURAL SCIENCES – LIFE SCIENCES Module 1: Zoology: All living things.
8 NATURAL SCIENCES – LIFE SCIENCES Module 2: Environmental Studies: The future of Cape Town
9 NATURAL SCIENCES – LIFE SCIENCES Module 3: Botany: Plants and the Planet
10 NATURAL SCIENCES – PHYSICAL SCIENCES Module 1: Chemistry: Where matter and energy dance.
11 NATURAL SCIENCES – PHYSICAL SCIENCES Module 2: Physics: Use the force.
12 NATURAL SCIENCES – PHYSICAL SCIENCES Module 3: Advanced Physical Sciences: Getting there.
13 ACCOUNTING Module 1: The language of numbers
14 ASTRONOMY Module 1: Introductory to Astronomy
15 BUSINESS STUDIES Module 1: For you, your business, your country
16 COMPUTER STUDIES Module 1: Apple Mac applications and introduction to programming
17 DESIGN Module 1: Communication through images
18 DESIGN Module 2: 3-D Design (Product and Environmental Design)
19 DRAMATIC ARTS Module 1: Treading the boards
20 INTEGRATED STUDIES Module 1: Dream it; design it; do it
21 MUSIC Module 1: From Baroque to Rock
22 PHOTOGRAPHY Module 1: From dark to light
23 PHOTOGRAPHY Module 2: Documentary Photography
24 XHOSA Module 1: Conversational Xhosa (For First Additional Afrikaans Students only)
25 SPANISH Module 1: Spanish 1
26 SPANISH Module 2: Spanish 2
27 VISUAL ARTS Module 1: The Third Dimension
28 VISUAL ARTS Module 2: Harnessing the Spectrum
Junior Stage

In Grades 4 to 7, our curriculum is delivered via six-month semester modules to multi-age groups,  Junior Stage Two (Grades 6 and 7) and Junior Stage One (Grades 4 and 5). Students spend two years in each stage.

Junior Stage Two

Each Stage consists of four six-month semesters. During these two years, students will study four modules in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa, and Mathematics. In addition, each semester students will elect to study three optional modules chosen from a wide array of thematic modules in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Languages, Arts (visual, musical and performing), Economic Sciences and Computer Sciences. There are certain requirements that students’ choices have to fill in order to ensure balanced and responsible choices. The modules are intense and rigorous, with six hours per nine-day cycle being allocated to each optional module and eight or nine hours per nine-day cycle allocated to the compulsory subjects. Students will also study Life Orientation throughout the year (Junior Stage Two) or they will follow a semester long research programme each year (Senior Stage).

In both Mathematics and English, the curriculum is divided into core skills and modules. The modules in English are thematic literature modules and in Mathematics, each module deals intensively with a particular mathematical topic.

To ensure objective quality control of our curriculum, our Grade 9 students write International Benchmarking tests and Core Skills Tests offered by the IEB.

Junior Stage One

The Junior Stage One curriculum is delivered via four six-month semesters.  In every semester, each subject module contains fresh and unique content, although the core skills required in particular modules will be repeated several times to ensure a solid academic foundation.  The subjects taught are English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Arts (visual and performing).   Students also do Life Orientation in each semester.

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