History as the human experience
South African history allows the learner to explore the human struggle for freedom and equality, and biographies of influential individuals help students learn about complex political landscapes through the eyes of historical figures. This lends a very human, relatable quality to the study of history which in turn works alongside geography where trade and communications between nations are explored.
The poetry of language
The dimensions of maths
Geometry introduces the learner to solid geometry where the five platonic solids are taught and constructed. The Pythagorean theorem is extended to include three-dimension, and volume and surface area is applied to as many solids as possible.
Challenging concepts through science
Eighth grade physics investigates light by gaining a better understanding on concepts such as the origin of colour and diffraction. Chemistry takes an holistic approach to the periodic table which leads to further introduction to chemical reactions.
Art in time
Craft and handwork activities let technology arise within the lessons and the learners partake in woodwork, sewing on machines, copper beating and macramé.
Class 8 is a very important year socially, and the learners spend the year bonding as they continue their journey into high school. It remains vital that they learn to work together and build healthy, social relationships.
As a class, they continue to refine communication skills and explore ways to remain warm while becoming unique individuals. 14-year-old learners not only want to move out into the world, they also want to alter it, to conquer it, and to leave their mark upon it as a way of defining who they are. They begin to see the world differently, coming face to face with the raw facts of reality.
It is the task of the adult to strengthen the individual forces inherent in these learners and to stand firm before them with inner strength and conviction so that they may discover their own strength and way of life.
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