Senior Primary

'Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.' - Albert Einstein
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SENIOR PRIMARY

Why High Schools Choose Cowan House Kids

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As an ISASA school, we enjoy the freedom of choice in our curriculum. There is no prescribed limitation on how much time, or the method, we have available to teach our children subjects. We are a Thinking School therefore our focus is on teaching children HOW to learn, more so than what to learn. 

Our Grade 6 pupils write the IEB core skills test and Grades 4, 5 and 7 pupils write National Bench Marking Exams. The results of these are critically evaluated to ensure that our curriculum remains relevant.

 

 

 

It is our responsibility to send confident, capable contributors to high school and into society; through various activities and challenges, at school and during excursions, our boys and girls cope with the pressures of expectation, with the fear of the unknown, with uncomfortable situations, with the bitterness of failure, with the exhilaration of achievement and with the realisation that, through each experience, they were growing to understand themselves a little better.

Value: Be Caring

Holistic education involves developing a child’s mind, body and heart, and in living our Cowan House values (to be reasonable, be yourself, be caring and to be your best) we truly believe we send well-mannered and well-adjusted children onto their High School years, and beyond. 

SENIOR PRIMARY

GRADE 4 - GRADE 7

Our Senior Primary offers a broad curriculum with specialist teachers preparing our pupils to achieve their full academic potential. The academic facilities available to staff and the boys and girls on our 47-acre campus include a Science laboratory, Art studio, Computer lab, Media Centre and all classrooms with interactive white boards. 

It is our responsibility to help pupils develop a real love of learning. They are challenged and groomed in self confidence in order for them not to be afraid to be curious, to express their ideas and try new ways of doing things, and to allow mistakes to propel new discovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Subjects Are Taught In Senior Primary?

English, Maths, Natural Sciences, History, Geography, Afrikaans, isiZulu, Drama, Art, Music and Economic Management Sciences make up the core subjects. French is an additional subject choice for Grade 6 and 7.

What time does school finish for Senior Primary?

The academic day for Grade 4 to Grade 7 pupils ends at 2:30pm on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm on a Wednesday and 1:30pm on a Friday.

Is there aftercare?

Senior Primary children are ‘big’ now so they no longer need to spend time in formal aftercare. Cowan House is a day scholar and boarding school therefore there are always many staff and children on campus at all times. Should our day scholars not be playing sport in the afternoon they make use of the same facilities, should they require, as our boarders.

How Much Homework Will My Child Have To Do?

Childhood and family life is closely guarded at Cowan House and it is for this reason that in addition to the guidelines of meaningful and minimal ‘homework’, we enjoy family nights on Wednesday and children are given the opportunity to work on homework during designated prep periods during the school day.

What do I need to pack for lunch?

Absolutely nothing! All our pupils, from Grade RRR to Grade 7 are served tea at 10am, followed by a dietitian-approved lunch at midday. No more lunchbox fuss!

What Sport Will My Child Play?

Co-curricular sport for boys and girls changes from term to term. Tennis and Cross Country are year-round sports for example, whereas sports such as Swimming, Cricket, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer and played in specific Terms.

U10 and U11 sports practice is held on a Monday from 2:45pm to 4pm and on a Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm. Opens sports practice is held on a Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45pm to 4pm.

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Languages

We are one of the few Senior Primary Schools that offer French as a second additional language to Grade 6 and 7 children. isiZulu is taught to all children in Grade 4 and 5. In Grade 6, children have the choice of doing one of the following: isiZulu, French, Extra Maths, Extra English or a combination of the latter two. This caters for pupils who would benefit from extension, and for those who require consolidation and reinforcement in Maths and English skills.

Speech and Drama

Drama is an integral and important part of teaching at Cowan House. Life-long skills are developed through participation in Drama lessons and confidence is developed and built on through the various activities that take place throughout the year.

Formal Drama lessons are provided as part of the curriculum for all Grade 4 to Grade 7 pupils, and, in addition, extra-curricular Drama is offered to pupils from Grades 3 to Grade 7 (no additional charge).  Read more…

IEB Core Skills

Our Grade 6 pupils write the IEB Core Skills test and Grades 4, 5 and 7 pupils write national benchmarking exams. The results of these are critically evaluated to ensure that our curriculum remains relevant.

Adventure

Outdoor education is an important part of our curriculum and our trips and excursions are highlights on the term calendar.  All grades go away for at least 2 nights to recognised camp venues where the focus is on adventure, team building and experiencing nature. 

Social Responsibility

iThemba is the Zulu word for ‘hope’ and that is what the community project, iThemba, stands for and aims to achieve: hope for the next generation of young children in the Sweetwaters community. Cowan House is therefore proud to have partnered with the iThemba Early Childhood Development Project as our Outreach initiative.

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Grade 6 French Video

We are one of the few Senior Primary Schools that offer French as a second additional language to Grade 6 and 7 children. isiZulu is taught to all children in Grade 4 and 5. In Grade 6, children have the choice of doing one of the following: isiZulu, French, Extra Maths, Extra English or a combination of the latter two. This caters for pupils who would benefit from extension, and for those who require consolidation and reinforcement in Maths and English skills.

Cowan House Drama

Speech and Drama

Drama is an integral and important part of teaching at Cowan House. Life-long skills are developed through participation in Drama lessons and confidence is developed and built on through the various activities that take place throughout the year.

Formal Drama lessons are provided as part of the curriculum for all Grade 4 to Grade 7 pupils, and, in addition, extra-curricular Drama is offered to pupils from Grades 3 to Grade 7 (no additional charge).  Read more…

IEB Core Skills Bench marking Awards

Our Grade 6 pupils write the IEB Core Skills test and Grades 4, 5 and 7 pupils write national bench marking exams. The results of these are critically evaluated to ensure that our curriculum remains relevant.

Senior Primary Adventure

Outdoor education is an important part of our curriculum and our trips and excursions are highlights on the term calendar.  All grades go away for at least 2 nights to recognised camp venues where the focus is on adventure, team building and experiencing nature. 

Outreach_Grade 5_iThemba Teddy Bears Picnic

iThemba is the Zulu word for ‘hope’ and that is what the community project, iThemba, stands for and aims to achieve: hope for the next generation of young children in the Sweetwaters community. Cowan House is therefore proud to have partnered with the iThemba Early Childhood Development Project as our Outreach initiative.

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