• The Intermediate Phase of primary school starts in Grade 4 as students build on the academic foundations of reading, writing and Mathematics.

Grade 4

Start your online Intermediate Phase school journey with Think Digital Academy.

Why you should go digital in Grade 4

We’re 99% sure that your child will love schooling online with Think Digital Academy.

Our lessons have an unfailing ability to make whatever they’re learning about – from how plants get their food, to simple multiplication tricks, super fun and engaging.

A tremendous amount of cognitive growth occurs in students in Grade 4 as they build on the academic foundations in reading, writing and Mathematics that were laid in Grades R to 3. They begin exploring and thinking about the world in more abstract ways as they learn about new subjects such as, Natural Sciences. They start thinking critically, “reading between the lines,” and applying their basic skills to solve more complex problems.

Think Digital Academy believes in building robust academic skills during the Intermediate Phase while focusing on fostering creativity and independence. Students are encouraged to move towards greater independence in both with their work habits and ways of thinking about information and problem-solving.

Of course, all children are different and that is what makes Think Digital Academy the ideal solution. More than online learning, we believe in individualised learning. For instance, children with dyslexia, language disorders and attentional conditions may need a more specialised approach to learning. Some children are visual learners, or auditory or kinetic learners. Observe your child and see what you notice about their own unique learning preferences and the techniques that help them focus. Our system caters for children with all learning preferences.

Enrolment period

Feel free to join us all year round! You will still receive access to the full year’s content regardless of when in the year you enrol.

Find out more about why you should join us for your online Grade 4 primary school journey.

Equipment and supplies needed

All you require is a laptop/tablet, wi-fi/data, a few exercise books or exam pads and stationery to take notes and make summaries.  Students use on average three gigs of data per month.

What schedule is best for a Grade 4 student?

Grade 4 students will benefit from having a daily schedule that is developed collaboratively with their parents. This schedule can be similar to the structure provided in a classroom. Their new home schedule may include periods of time when parents are not readily accessible; this can help the child practice patience, build confidence and develop independent problem-solving skills.

It’s important to have a structure for the day which can include a list of subjects to complete with regular breaks. We recommend approximately four hours of work on the system. Roughly four lesson periods each day are ideal, including one each for language, Mathematics and electives / specials (such as a second language, Science or Life Skills). This can be broken down into 30 – 40 minute lessons with enough time for physical and creative activities which make learning fun – the rumours are true, our learners reject Blue Mondays.

Questions and answers

Do you have a question about our Grade 4 online school? Check out our FAQs below:

Stay focused by taking notes while listening to your lessons.  Review your notes and make sure you understand the work before moving onto the next lesson.  Set up a weekly timetable and do something fun during your breaks, like get some fresh air, kick a ball or go for a walk. (However, don’t be alarmed if you catch yourself wanting to spend all of your time watching your lessons over and over as a fun activity.)

Do you like learning and making friends at the same time? Well, join the club! … wait seriously, we mean it, have you joined our clubs? Check out our virtual Clubs and Fraternities – from Anime to Pilates, there’s bound to be something that appeals to you. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills.

Although we provide a termly guideline of what should be completed, Think Digital Academy students can take ownership of their learning and pace themselves. Don’t skip over subjects you don’t enjoy or aren’t good at – spend more time on these and master them. That way, you will increase your average and, you’re exactly one fridge planner from making that happen.

Students write termly tests in Terms 1 and 3 and exams in Terms 2 and 4. What’s better than working through the lessons at your own pace? Writing assessments at your own pace! There are no set dates for these assessments to be completed, which gives students the freedom of taking the tests/exams whenever they are ready to.

Want to know more?

Find out more about the South African online CAPS curriculum.

Do you have questions? Please read our detailed FAQs to find the answers.

Read our CAPS curriculum articles in our Think Tank blog.



Customer Reviews

Sarabibi Varachia

I love that there is an option of tutor support, and that it can be done at my own pace, the free 14 day trial gives a good idea of the course before signing up.

Janine Gouws

My daughter has gone from strength to strength since joining Think Digital Academy. She is now so used to taking notes after watching and reading through the material that she has taken comprehensive notes during her Zoom swimming sessions and is able to explain everything that she has learnt easily from her notes. This is a child who really battled in the conventional schooling system and has undergone a tremendous change since joining Think Digital Academy. Thank you to the Think Digital Team you truly are a spectacular team 😁

Neldie VdMerwe Viljoen

It was the best decision to enroll my grade 10 and 12 kids here. They can't get enough of the interesting lessons. The people are so pleasant and always help with kindness, no matter how many times you call to ask for help. You are the BEST!!!!

Judy-anne Naude

Love the platform, very user friendly.

Annie Andrews

My boys are very much enjoying this. And I love that you can do this anywhere. We take our ipads to the park, and we work from there. I love it!

Bob Howard

TDA is by far the best home schooling platform in South Africa. As a digital home school, I as a student can be anywhere, literally, and do my work. My marks have gone up, I no longer have to travel 2 hours a day and I am much more focused on school work.

Michelle Ferreira

The best. My kids love it!

Lorinda Everson

Love them!! They allow children to be children!!

Kharmen Wicks

Great home school option - we had a great experience last year during Covid lockdown. Our matric daughter passed with a university exemption - we were very happy with the support she received while she was doing her online studies with them - thank you Think Digital!!!

Stephanie Hibbert

We did the 2 week trial and my son loved it. We've now paid for it and he sits for an hr at a time and does his work im very happy with how much he enjoys this program.