Grade 8 and 9

Beaulieu College offers the following learning areas in the GET phase:

  • English Home language
  • Afrikaans, French or isiZulu First Additional language
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences (NS): Physical Sciences and Life Sciences
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Development (ESD)
  • Human and Social Sciences (HSS): History and Geography
  • Creative Arts: Music, Visual Arts and Drama
  • Technology (Coding and Robotics)
  • Life Orientation (LO)
  • Choice subject one of Accelerated Maths, Music, Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts and Equine Studies; or one of Enrichment Afrikaans, Enrichment isiZulu, Choice French and Enrichment Maths

We divide Learning Areas into subjects (eg. Natural Sciences into Physical and Life Sciences), led by our philosophy that specialist teachers provide greater depth and insight. This approach continues into the FET (grade 10-12) phase.

French Second Additional Language (Enrichment)

The intention is to engender enthusiasm for the language and an enjoyment of learning French, in Grade 8. A willingness to try and speak French, which involves a preparedness to shrug off the embarrassment of trying out a hitherto unknown accent, tongue and “go for it”. Clearly, grammar and vocabulary are the basis of acquiring a language but our approach has always avoided labouring this point so that the students acquire the knowledge almost inadvertently. But acquire it, they will.

We use the Tricolore 1 textbook and the Grammar in Action exercise book to keep the classes on track. The end goal is to encourage the students who enjoy the language to continue with it and hopefully lure others into the French classroom. Ultimately, the interest in learning French amongst the Beaulieu students will prompt the return of French, as a Matric subject to Beaulieu College and increase the subscription to the subject.

Computational Thinking 

Kyalami Schools have introduced Computational Thinking as part of our curriculum from Grade 1 to 9. In Computational Thinking, the children learn how to take a complex problem, understand what it is asking, break it down and develop possible solutions. These solutions are presented in a clear way that shows that the children have a good understanding of what they have learned.

In this subject, your child will be using skills such as decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and the use of algorithms, amongst others. These skills are taught as fun activities at an age-appropriate level. The beauty of this subject is that it is applicable across the curriculum and allows children to strengthen their lateral thinking muscle, as we continue to make Computational Thinking a common language across our schools.

Entrepreneurial Skills Development

Economic Management Sciences (EMS) has evolved at Kyalami Schools, over the past two years and is now called Entrepreneurial Skills Development (ESD). The change is not only in the name but also in the content of the subject. In order to develop the curriculum to fit our internal goals and make the subject more relevant to the child, within a South African context, we have had multiple engagements with teachers from Kyalami Prep, Beaulieu Prep and Beaulieu College. In this subject, we will continue to develop the pupils’ 21st-century skills and help them to become enterprising traders, effective salespeople, self-promoters and go-getters.

We encourage the children to develop their ability to take calculated risks. We celebrate their ideas, their failures and the growth mindset that emerges along the way.

Part of the curriculum incorporates an Entrepreneur’s Day or Stallions Den at the College.  In their planning, students brainstorm ideas, create business plans, conduct surveys, and design websites for their micro-businesses. As John Spencer says: “ Not every student will become an entrepreneur but they will all someday need to think like one.” We believe that ESD will prepare our students for the world around them.

The curriculum outline is as follows:

  •  Economic Concepts – Looking at the history and future of money, the production process, how our needs and wants impact the availability and prices of goods and the importance of formal and informal businesses worldwide.
  • Entrepreneurship – It is the core of this subject and concentrates on the skills of developing a business, conducting surveys, pitching business ideas, branding, marketing and packaging. At the beginning of every year, the grade 7s are presented with a toolbox (Business in a box)  that contains a calculator, whiteboard, marker and two books. The books are: Sales is a Life Skill by Barry Mitchell and Entrepreneur Resource Pack by Uncovering Greatness. These books are excellent tools to help the children as references that they will use throughout the year.
  •  Financial literacy –  The learners are introduced to business terminology and work through them in practical ways for better understanding. Learners learn how to calculate profit and losses, create budgets and calculate net worth. All these skills will be put into practice on Entrepreneur’s Day.