At Unity College we aim to provide an optimum learning environment for each learner in our care, by facilitating their education, helping them develop their potential to the full, enhancing their independence, and enabling them to become well-adjusted individuals in the community. This is achieved through the collaborative approach of our teaching team and therapy team.
The Junior phase focuses on functional numeracy, literacy and life skills. Skills of independence are enhanced through activities such as cookery, sport and computers. Numeracy and literacy remain the focus through the Intermediate and Senior phases of the school; IEB exams are available to our Senior learners, in order for them to achieve an accredited NQF level in both numeracy and literacy. Intermediate and Senior learners are also able to attain accreditation through Knowledge Network for the Microsoft Office Suite.
The Differentiated CAPS Curriculum is based on the mainstream CAPS Curriculum, adapted for special needs learners. Subjects offered include English Home Language, Mathematics, Personal Social Wellbeing, Natural Science, Physical Education and Creative Arts. Over and above the academic subjects we also offer three vocational subjects: Consumer Studies (food production), Ancillary Health and Office Administration. These vocational subjects aim to prepare our learners a career once they exit the formal school environment.
From the age of 14 years, our Intermediate learners are incorporated into the pre-vocational Senior programme; in order to equip them with the required pre-vocational skills and ease their transition into the work experience programme in the Senior phase.
The sports programme has been incorporated into the academic timetable on a Monday and a Wednesday. Students are now exposed to all the disciplines offered at Unity College. The focus per term will be determined by the seasonal sports activity at that particular time.
The Differentiated CAPS curriculum gives our learners the full scope of academic training they need, as well as much-needed skills to enter the working world once they finish their school career. Coupled with our Work Experience programme, this prepares our learners as active participants in the social and economical aspects of life.
Academic control has been completed successfully for the first term and reports will be sent out at the end of this cycle. The Junior Phase and Life Orientation streams are continuing to follow the well-structured PIVATS curriculum in preparation for the learner’s transition to CAPS in the Intermediate Phase.