English – Four Strands
Students will read and examine a variety of fiction and non fiction materials, for example, novels, short stories, and various poetic forms. Students will be required to participate in the independent reading program. Each month they will select a novel from a set of books and will complete a follow-up in-class activity. All students are expected to read 20 minutes every day.
Students will produce pieces of writing using a variety of forms (reports, short stories, and essays). Students will work to increase vocabulary, utilize the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation conventions and strengthen editing and revising skills.
- Oral & Visual Communication:
Students will respond to a range of ideas and opinions through a variety of verbal and artistic assignments. Students will identify the techniques and speaking skills necessary for effective communication, (performing for a specific audience, delivery, volume and expression) and will incorporate these components into their own oral presentations.
- Medial Literacy:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the meaning, purpose and intended audience of a variety of media texts, for example newspapers, internet articles, and magazine advertisements. Students will examine, identify and reflect upon messages and ideas presented in media texts, and express their own personal thoughts and feelings through both verbal and written assignments.
Mathematics – Five Strands
- Number Sense: decimals, fractions, integers, order of operations, factors, multiples, square roots, powers
- Measurement: perimeter, area, volume and surface area of two shapes and composite shapes
- Geometry & Spatial Sense: angles, triangles, three-dimensional objects, translations, reflections and tessellations
- Patterning & Algebra: linear patterns, algebraic expressions, solving equations
- Data Management & Probability: graphs measures of central tendency, frequency tables, outcomes, collecting data using spreadsheets
Students will be introduced to the concepts and methods of geographic inquiry. The curriculum will focus on physical patterns and how they affect human activity. The topics are: the themes of geographic inquiry, patterns in physical geography and natural resources.
History focuses on the development of Canada from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Students will study New France, British North America and Conflict and Change leading to Confederation.
French – Three Strands
The aim of the Core French program is to develop basic communication skills in French and to build an appreciation of French culture in Canada and around the world. The program offers students the opportunity to develop a basic usable command of the French language. The expectations are organized into three strands, which correspond to the three main areas of language. These are: Oral communication (speaking and listening), Reading and Writing.
Science – Four Strands
- Life Systems: interactions within ecosystems
- Matter & Materials: pure substances and mixtures
- Energy & Control: heat
- Structures & Mechanisms: structural strength and stability
Health & Physical Education
Students study healthy living and fundamental movement skills. Through active participation students improve their physical fitness level. Students must wear their uniform to all gym classes.
Students explore the elements and principle of design, learn skills and techniques and the safe use of materials and tools. Each student keeps a sketchbook to record visual arts vocabulary, notes and sketches. Artists from various cultures and storytellers both past and present are interwoven throughout the visual arts program. Cross-curricular themes are presented when the connections are appropriate.
Students have an opportunity to experiment with band and strings instruments. They learn to assemble their instrument and produce tones. They learn basic notes and rhythms and how to begin playing as a group. Regular practice is necessary each week.