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This is an overview of subjects taught in Grade 6. Grade heads, class teachers and subject teachers are included:

The key outcome(s) for each subject are listed.

Some subjects focus on learning areas, while other subjects focus on topics.


Grade Head:

Mr S Truter

Class Teachers:

6A (Mr D Will), 6E1 (Mr S Truter), 6E2 (Ms J Stokes), 6E3 (Mrs R Loest)

Subject Teachers:

English HL: Ms J Stokes; English EAT: Ms L Manley; Afrikaans HT: Mr L Nel; Afrikaans FAL: Mrs R Loest / Mr D Will; Mathematics: Mrs R Loest / Mr S Truter

NST: Mr D Will, Mr  S Truter; Geography: Mr D Will, Mr S Truter; History: Ms J Stokes, Mr D Will; PSW: Mrs R Loest, M  L Manley, Mr S Truter

Grade 6 2023


We believe in equipping learners, irrespective of their socio-economic background, race, gender, physical ability, or intellectual ability, with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for self-fulfilment, and meaningful participation in society as citizens of a free country.


The learners:

  • Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking

  • Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information


Weighting per Content Area

Numbers, Operations and Relationships: 50%; Patterns, Functions and Algebra: 10%; Space and Shape (Geometry): 15%; Measurement: 15% and Data Handling: 10%


The learners:

  • Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes

Emphasis is placed on Listening and Speaking, Reading and Viewing, Writing and Presenting and Language Structures and Conventions.

The time allocation for each learning area is identical across the grades in the Intermediate Phase (4 – 6).

The LENGTHS of the texts for the LEARNERS to produce in Home Language are:

Oral texts: 2 – 3 minutes; Essay: 140 – 150 words in 4 – 6 paragraphs; Short stories: 160 – 170 words in 6 – 8 paragraphs; Summary: 60 – 70 words – 280 words text; Transactional texts e.g. letters: 100 – 120 words; Comprehension: 180 – 200 words.

The LENGTHS of the texts for the LEARNERS to produce in First Additional Language are Language are:

Oral texts: 1 -2 minutes; Essay: 150 words in 3 – 5 paragraphs; Short stories: 160 – 17 words in 6 – 8 paragraphs; Summary: 60 – 70 words – 280 words text; Transactional texts e.g. letters: 80 – 100 Shorter text e.g. diary entries: 50 – 60 words.

There is time allocated for formal practice. Thinking and reasoning skills are incorporated into the skills and strategies required for Listening and Speaking, for Reading and Viewing, and for Writing and Presenting.

Language is developed as a tool for thought and communication.

Natural Sciences and

The learners

  • Use Science and Technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others

Strand 1

Life and Living

Photosynthesis, Nutrients in food, Nutrition and Ecosystems and Food webs


Food Processing

Strand 2

Matter and Materials

Solids, liquids and gasses, Mixtures, Solutions and special mixtures, Dissolving and Mixtures and Water resources


Processes to purify water

Strand 3

Energy and Change

Electric Circuits; Electrical conductors and insulators and Mains Electricity

Systems and Control

Systems to solve problems

Strand 4

Planet Earth and Beyond

The Solar System; Movements of the Earth and Planets; The Movement of the Moon

Systems and Control

Systems for looking into space; Systems to explore the Moon and Mars

Social Sciences

Geography / History / PSW:

The learners:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

History Topics

An African kingdom long ago in Southern Africa: Mapungubwe; Explorers from Europe find Southern Africa; Democracy and citizenship in South Africa; Medicine through time

Geography Topics

Map skills (focus: World); Trade (focus: South Africa and the World); Climate and vegetation around the world and Population – why people live where they do (focus: South Africa and the Worlds)

Progression and Promotion

The following are guidelines for determining a learner’s progression from Grade 4 to 6 in the Intermediate Phase:

(a) Adequate Achievement (Level 4) (50%-59%) in one official language at Home Language level

(b) Moderate Achievement (Level 3) (40%-49%) in the second required official language at First Additional Language level

(c) Moderate Achievement (Level 3) (40%-49%) in Mathematics

Moderate Achievement (Level 3) (40%-49%) in any other two (2) of the remaining approved subjects

(e) Immigrant learners may be exempted from achieving one official language, provided they obtain Moderate Achievement (Level 3) (40%-49%) in all three (3)

of the remaining subjects.


The learners:

  • Work effectively as individuals and with others as members of a team.

  •  Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

Our approach to the CAPS curriculum is not just to impart knowledge but to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creative thinking skills.

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