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Peterhouse Boys

Curriculum D & C Block

The Department
The  Art Department has three full time and one part time teacher. There are four Art studios and a Ceramic Room. The staff in the department are very creative and innovative. They encourage the boys to be creative and appreciate Art.

In D and C block the pupils do Art for half a year. Art is a practical subject and it involves problem solving projects. The Department strives to keep the lessons exciting all the time. Over the two years the boys learn basic drawing skills, painting and craft. Observation from first hand studies is encouraged to improve the pupils perception of proportion and perspective. By the time the boys reach the end of C Block they have acquired the basic skills of perception and depiction of shapes. They also learn use of colour.

Course Structure
D Block                   
Lent Term  -  Colour theory, Drawing skills           
Trinity Term  -  Craft, Observation               
Michaelmas Term  -  Composition in colour, Lettering, Still life/ Observation               
C Block
Lent Term  -  Figure drawing, Design
Trinity Term  -  Abstract, Still life, Craft
Michaelmas Term  -  Perspective, Observation, Design, Still life/ Observation

GM Masanga: Head of Art Department

The Department
The department has three dedicated teachers each with a varied background and specialised skills. We have two large and well equipped workshops that specialize in resistant materials processes. There is also a smaller multi- purpose workshop used for basic workshop processes.  All our workshops are sufficiently equipped to allow pupils at the  higher levels to realise both small and large projects.  

At the junior level Design and Technology is taught as a series of modules that are designed to take the pupil through the basic skills needed in designing activities. The subject is compulsory for pupils in D and C Blocks but after two years they can either drop it or choose to continue with the subject as one of their IGCSE choices.

In the D and C Blocks there are two double lessons per week in this subject.  Pupils are introduced to designing as an activity with a bias towards practical work.   Pupils will start with a Graphics module where they will be required to use drawing instruments to construct basic 3D rendered views of simple objects. Basic 2D CAD drawing will also be introduced.
Pupils will be engaged in practical modules based on working with woods, working with metals and one involving Systems and Control .  The Systems and Control module will introduce pupils to basic terminology involved with Structural and Mechanical design. 
Later, they extend their ability to communicate through drawing to include the discipline of preparing orthographic views in working drawings.  They will continue to realise some of these using CAD.
The grounding experience over these two years covers all the basic knowledge and skills to prepare pupils to extend themselves within focus areas for IGCSE.

T Mhete : Head of Design and Technology Department

The Department
There are three teachers involved in teaching Divinity at Peterhouse, all of whom also teach in other Departments as well. Peterhouse is a Christian School in the Anglican tradition, so we feel that it is important that our pupils have a good grounding in this subject.

In D Block, the course begins with a brief look at the basic ideas behind religious belief, and then moves on to look in some detail at Judaism and the Old Testament. Some time is spent looking at the liberation of the Israelites by Moses. Later in the course we examine the reliability of the Bible, and then look in detail at the Old Testament, before finishing off the course with a basic introduction of the New Testament.

Course Structure

D Block           
Lent Term  -  Background to religion       
Trinity Term  -  Jewish Nation           
Michaelmas Term  -  Moses               

C Block
Lent Term  -  Reliability of the Bible
Trinity Term  -  Overview of the Old Testament
Michaelmas Term  -  Overview of the New Testament

L T Makwindi : Head of Divinity


The Department
There are seven full time members of the Department, teaching in a suite of classrooms equipped with data projectors and white-boards. 

In D and C blocks there are ten lessons per two week cycle, but English teachers emphasize that competence in English is essential for pupils to achieve in all aspects of school life and in their future careers.  The curriculum that is followed is the Cambridge checkpoint framework, although other sources and vital life skills are taught in assition to the Checkpoint syllabus. 

Checkpoint English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment.  Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding. 

Vocabulary extension is an integral part of every lesson. To improve written communication, spelling, punctuation, and correct syntax, rules are taught and pupils are expected to learn and apply them when writing independently.  Guidance is given in the use of different writing formats such as letters, articles, reports, summaries and the writing of narrative, descriptive and discursive compositions. Informal guidance is given in all English lessons, to develop oral communication skills such as body language, correct pronunciation, clear diction, volume and tone.  These are all vital skills that are the foundation to successful IGCSE results. 

Reading is considered a very important part of the boys' education. Once again teachers make sure that the boys realize that a competent reader will be at an advantage in all spheres of life.

Teachers make sure that pupils are aware that silent reading is used for a variety of purposes and that they are taught the different reading methods to suit the purpose.  Boys are also given the opportunity to read to an audience.  A variety of entertaining, interesting and uplifting poems, short stories, autobiographies, novels and plays must be chosen to capture young boys' interest and hopefully encourage the habit of reading for pleasure as well as for instruction. 

Boys are encouraged to question, research and adopt their own informed opinions on various adolscent centred topics.  They express their ideas either in writing or orally, in groups or to the class. 

The above course has been designed not only to build on skills learnt at primary school and prepare the pupils for the IGCSE course but to also help them function successfully in life. 

CD Zaayman: Head of English Department

The Department
The French department has 4 very dedicated teachers.  One of the teachers also teach Travel and Tourism. This has also helped the French department as the use of French in the travel industry is easily explained to the pupils. We have three classrooms. The staff who teach in the Department are all enthusiastic about their subject, and they encourage boys to develop an interest in the language and to use it around them and in the wider world.

There are eight lessons per cycle in both D and C Block.  All the lessons are normally taken as single rather than double lessons. We live in an Anglophone country. For many pupils, English is the only language of communication. Many pupils are not aware of the existence of other languages. Therefore the aim of the French Department is to provide an awareness of the importance of the French language in the world as well as in the context of Zimbabwe’s economic, scientific and cultural links with France and the Francophone countries.

Although, the situations of communications in French are not common in Zimbabwe, they are developing rapidly and becoming vital. It is therefore the objective of the Department to prepare our pupils to be able to cope in any situation of communication. The department therefore focuses on communicative approaches with emphasis on functions and situations of communication. Furthermore, stress is laid on the teaching of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar as integral part of the D and C curriculum.

Successful methods which involve all pupils at any given time are used in the department. Intensive and extensive participation in classroom activities is done.  In this respect, attention is paid to group work, and pair work. Priority is always given to the use of the language through the study of oral and written materials.  The study of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and spelling is not seen as an end in itself but as an important part in the acquisition of a communicative competence in French. 

Course Structure
D Block               
Lent Term  -  Basic communication skills       
Trinity Term  -  Listening and Speaking       
Michaelmas Term  -  Reading and writing           

C Block
Lent Term  -  Vocabulary
Trinity Term  -  Formal Communication
Michaelmas Term  -  Real life situations

LS Mudiwa : Head of French Department

The Department
The Geography Department has four full time teachers, plus three others who also spend part of their time teaching in other Departments. We have a suite of four dedicated classrooms, and also a reference/resource room, plus a Stevenson’s Screen Weather Station, and a remote electronic weather station. The staff who teach in the Department are all enthusiastic about their subject, and we encourage boys to develop an interest in the Natural and Built environments around them and in the wider world.

In D Block there are five lessons per cycle, and in C Block there are six lessons, all normally taken as single lessons. Geography is a content subject, as well as a practical one, so we try to keep the boys interested by making their lessons as varied as possible.
Over the two years our pupils learn about the Geography of their own country, both the Physical and the Human aspects. We also begin to look regionally and globally, by looking at aspects of the Geography of our neighbours in southern Africa. A lot of basic concepts are introduced at this level, including weather and climate (making use of our weather station), landforms, population and settlement dynamics.

In addition to the purely factual knowledge, Geography is a subject that teaches skills. Map reading is a skill that boys learn in their first two years at Peterhouse, and then build on as they move up the school.

Field-work is also important, whether it is going out to draw a map of a part of the school , or going further afield into Gosho Park to look at a granite landform.
By the time they reach the end of C Block, boys have acquired a good working knowledge of the world around them, and are well equipped to take the subject further up the school curriculum.

Course Structure
D Block
Lent Term  -  World geography
Trinity Term  -  The geography of Zimbabwe   
Michaelmas Term  -  Skills, Map Reading    

C Block
Lent Term  -  Map Reading
Trinity Term  -  Landforms
Michaelmas Term  -  Human Geography

CR Tswatswa : Head of Geography department

The Department
There are four full time members of the History Department, and we teach the subject throughout the school. We are constantly updating our resources, and endeavour to make the subject come alive, so that the pupils will want to continue it throughout their school career.


In D Block there are five in two weeks. We organise visits to historical sites such as Tsindi Ruins and Great Zimbabwe. There are also the San paintings in the nearby Gosho Park.
Our syllabus focuses on Africa, especially early Zimbabwean History. We aim to arouse interest and historical appreciation in the boys. The recall of facts and logical understanding is encouraged in our D Block.
In C Block there are five lessons in two weeks.  We make use of the internet facilities in one of the lessons per cycle. We aim to impart historical knowledge and understanding. The boys also acquire research skills. We view this Level as crucial in the preparatory stage of the IGCSE course. The recall of facts and understanding is encouraged.

Course Structure

D Block               
Lent Term  -  Introduction to African History                      
Trinity Term  -  Iron Age, Mutapa and Rozvi states   
Michaelmas Term  -  Nguni and Ndebele States       

C Block
Lent Term  -  Slave Trade and Industrialisation 
Trinity Term  -  Zimbabwe, Bolshevik revolution
Michaelmas Term  -  French revolution and World War 1

F. Mukucha : Head of History Department

The Department
The IT department has four IT laboratories all in the Gibb's Centre.  The department is supported by two technical staff; the IT manager and a technician who are  responsible for maintenance and technical support.  The IT labs are equipped with state of the art computer equipment and full broadband internet access. Three of the  IT labs have overhead projectors and one has a SMART board. Internet access is closely monitored using classroom management software, firewalls and a reliable hotspot server.

Our policy as a department is that every pupil  must leave Peterhouse with an IT qualification with ICDL being the standard in D and C Block. The department ensures that pupils are equipped with the necessary skills to use technology in their  studies and life after school. Our curriculum is also structured to provide pupils with a solid foundation for IGCSE Computer Studies and ICT in addition to covering the ICDL syllabus. The department has two full time members of staff who have years of experience in teaching the subject. Teachers in the department are constantly looking for innovative ways of delivering lessons. In addition to ECDL textbook and classroom worksheets the department has a learning management system where pupils can log into and learn during lessons or in the afternoon when computer rooms are open. Pupils are also allowed to access educational websites for learning purposes and download any valuable materials. Personal printing is allowed and pupils are charged to their accounts.

Course Structure
D Block pupils are introduced to all the seven ICDL modules taught in D and C Block.
C Block pupils write ICDL examinations if they pass the assessments or have to wait until they are in fifth form. All pupils who register for ICDL are expected to acheive at least the ICDL Base or Start certificate at the end of two years. 
Pupils who acheive at least four modules cane take IGCSE ICT or Computer Studies depending on their interest and ability. 

The basic course structure is as follows: 
D Block Term 1 - Computer Hardware and Software, File Management and Word Processing
D Block Term 2 - Computer Networks, ICT in everday life, Word Processing, Presentation Tools
D Block Term 3 - Information Security, Presentation Tools, Spreadsheets and Internet/Email

C Block Term 1 - Computers and The Law, Word Processing II, File Management II (Module 1, 2 and 3) ICDL examinations or CIE ICT Starter Modules.
C Block Term 2 - Spreadsheets II and Presentations II (Module 4 and Module 6 ICDL examinations) or CIE ICT Starter Modules
C Block Term 3 - Databases and Internet/Email (Module 5 and Module 7 ICDL examinations) ICT Starter Modules

R. Ziko : Head of the IT Department

The Department
Maths teachers aim to provide pupils with the Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for the continuing of their education for life and work. It is hoped that these youngsters will recognise the power of Mathematics and to be able to apply it appropriately. We allow gifted pupils to be stretched and weaker students to work at their own pace in classes of similar abilities through streaming. It is possible for a pupil to be in Set 1 Maths and Set 4 for other subjects and vice versa depending on how they perform in our setting tests at D Block and exams.

Pupils start D block from different backgrounds, with different levels of competence. They are streamed into four sets. Class sizes range from 20 to 26, set 1 being the largest and the smallest being set 4.  A considerable amount of practical work is done in the course, to stimulate the pupil’s interest.

Course Structure

D Block
Lent Term  -  Sets, Directed Numbers, Algebraic Processes, Equations, Fractions, Time, Factors and multiples, Symmetry, Measuring angles.
Trinity Term  -  Directed Numbers, Fractions and percentages, Arithmetic, Geometry, Graphs,
Michaelmas Term  -  Directed Numbers and substitution, Equations, Mensuration (area, perimeter), construction.

C Block
Lent Term  -  Laws of Indices, Formulae- Change of Subject, financial mathematics, Scale drawing, Angles of elevation and depression, Graphs, Algebraic Multiplication.
Trinity Term  -  Factors, Algebraic Fractions, Ratios and proportion, Similarity, Statistics, Quadratic equations.
Michaelmas Term  -  Mean, Median Mode, Consumer Arithmetic, Volumes and density, Square roots, Inequalities, Travel Graphs.

Luke Kunatsa: Head of Mathematics Department

The Department
Junior science has three enthusiastic and dedicated teachers awith three Lab technicians to support the  practical side of our teaching. We have well equipped and resourced labs to give learners a solid grounding in science skills.

In D Block, we have 10 periods in a cycle, two doubles and six singles.  There is a similar set up in C Block. The course is dedicated to the acquiring and nurturing lifelong science skills  such as observation, measurement, recording of results, processing of results, analysis of results, making deductions from results, evaluating methods used and making conclusions which are informed by evidence. Through these experiences,   our boys  develop knowledge and understanding of basic scientific concepts and principles as well as the ability to handle information and solve problems. Pupils develop attitudes relevant to the study of science such as accuracy, inventiveness, inquiry and objectivity. Experiences also promote awareness on the benefits and detrimental effects of science.

Course Structure
D Block
Lent Term  -  Use of apparatus, measurements and presentation of data
Trinity Term -  Forms of Energy and its conversions, plant and animal cells
Michaelmas Term -  Components of air and kinetic theory of matter

C  Block
Lent Term  -  Diet and Diseases, Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures
Trinity Term  -  Weight, Mass, length, Density, Time and Pressure, Electricity
Michaelmas Term  -  IGSCE Biology introduction - Ecology

P.Fantiso: Head of Science Department (Acting)

The Department
The Shona Department has two teachers, who share their time between Shona and  Divinity. We have now managed to stock our Department with text books and audio resources in the last 2 years. The staff who teach in the Department are enthusiastic about their subject. We emphasise the importance of Shona as a subject just like any other language subject.

The subject is only offered at D and C block for both L1 and L2 speakers. There are three lessons per cycle, generally taken as single lessons. Shona is a content subject, as well as a practical one, so we try to keep the boys interested by making their lessons as varied as possible, we try to take them on field trips to places relating to the syllabus such as Seke rural village where boys get to know what surrounds a Shona Home.  There are no external exams at the end of the two year course but the L2 boys produce an audio CD where they record themselves conversing in Shona and it takes 30% of their end of year exams.
At the end of the two year course boys should have mastered the following:

-    Cultural identity especially for the L1 because Shona is their mother tongue.
-    It helps in their career opportunity for example, translation of any important documents into Shona. Most Non - Governmental Organisations [NGO] require people who are multilingual like in Media, Health, Rural Development Projects, Peer Educators, etc.
-    Zimbabwe is a multi-cultural society with mainly the Shona and Ndebele speaking people. It is therefore vital for L2 Shona to learn and appreciate the people around them and this can only happen when one knows the people’s language.
-    Communication is a basic need therefore it is important for any citizen of this country to be able to communicate in the language.
-    Preservation of any culture come through learning the language and given that there are so many cultural marriages today and the Shona syllabus touches on cultural issues as well.

Course Structure
D Block L1 - Language, grammar, culture, Literature
D Block L2 - Language, grammar, culture, oral
C Block L1 - Language, grammar, culture, literature
C Block L2 - Language, grammar, culture, oral, Field Trips

TB Mutuke (Head of Department-Shona)

Other Subjects
Several periods per cycle are also given up to other subjects.
Music is taught for two single lessons per cycle in D Block, and it is a chance for pupils to learn about both local and western musical instruments. The instruments of the orchestra are examined practically, and the pupils also learn the rudiments of music theory. In C Block it becomes an option set against Design & Technology. 
Life Skills has one single lesson per cycle, and these are an opportunity for our pupils to learn the skills that they will need in their future lives beyond school. 

A.P. GRIGGS:  Senior Master (Academic)