Curriculum Links

Curriculum Links: Building on the Past

In Building on the Past, students have an opportunity to (specific links are shown in bold):

Science and Technology

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • describe the purposes of pulley systems... and... identify pulley systems... (Station 1 - building temples and medieval cathedrals)

Understanding Earth and Space Systems

  • investigate how rocks and minerals are used (use of limestone and/or sandstone for building materials decorative carved features)
  • conduct their investigations of the outdoor environment in a responsible way and with respect for the environment (outdoor buildings along King St.)

Social Studies - 3000 BCE to 1500 CE

  • A1.2 compare aspects of the daily lives of different groups in an early society (e.g. serfs and artisans in medieval Europe)
  • A1.3 describe some of the ways in which their daily life difers from the lives of young people  (e.g. What kind of education was available...)
  • A2.2 gather and organize information on ways of life and relationships with the environment. e.g. buildings, sculptures, carvings: temples and cathedrals (morning activities)
  • A3.2 demonstrate the ability to extract information on daily life in early societies from visual evidence... (am - secondary sources; pm - primary sources)
  • A3.10 describe some attempts within early societies to deal with conflict and establish greater cooperation (e.g. Greek, Roman and gothic architecture) 



Reading for Meaning

  • identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately before, during, and after reading to understand texts
  • demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by summarizing important ideas and citing supporting details


  • use the apostrophe to indicate possession (St. James’)

Oral Communication

Active Listening Strategies 

  • demonstrate an understanding of appropriate listening behaviour by adapting active listening strategies to suit a variety of situations, including work in groups
  • identify a variety of listening comprehension strategies and use them appropriately before, during, and after listening in order to understand and clarify the meaning of oral texts
  • extend understanding of oral texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights; to other texts, including print and visual texts; and to the world around them

Speaking to Communicate

  • demonstrate an understanding of appropriate speaking behaviour in a variety of situations, including paired sharing and small- and large-group discussions