The Trust, Self-Expression, and Contribution stage


This stage of development can be compared to the first stage, in that the child is undergoing a lot of changes, physically and psychologically. At this stage, the student is more likely to sleep late, have lower energy, and be less inclined to do chores. They have developed logical thinking, but do not like to learn facts. Students in this stage, learn best when the academic work is linking to real-life skills such as cooking, gardening, sewing, repair work, etc.


During this stage, the student has a strong need for independence but also desires to live and work harmoniously with society. The student is trying to find their place in the world and what their contribution can and should be.


The subjects covered in this stage of development include:


Skill Based Subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies:
    • History
    • Geography
  • English Language:
    • Reading & Writing Strategies
    • Composition
    • Vocabulary & Spelling
    • Grammar
  • Afrikaans (Additional Language - Literacy)


Inspirational Subjects:

  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Bible
  • Art Appreciation (Visual Art and Music)


Life Skills Subjects (Conscious Living Curriculum):

  • Nutrition & Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Handwork
  • Business and Entrepreneurship