General summary of academic subjects
Children are placed in mixed-ability groups for all lessons. Language is taught daily and includes listening skills, oral expression, word and sentence writing. Pre-reading, reading, spelling and handwriting skills are also covered.
There is a school wide program for Math. It is introduced through the use of manipulative materials. The program is rich in mathematical vocabulary which encourages logical thinking and problem solving. Throughout the year, we cover concepts such as sorting and classifying, patterns, shapes, time, money, measuring and number skills where simple computation, addition and subtraction are introduced.
Students engage in six Units of Inquiry each year which have themes of global significance, develop the student profile, develop transdisciplinary skills connecting school, home and the world, and have significant age-appropriate curriculum content.
Units of Inquiry
In Social Studies and Science, the children draw on their diverse cultural backgrounds to enrich their understanding of personal, family and cultural identities. Through an inquiry-based approach, they develop historical, geographical and social concepts. The children develop an understanding of the rapidly changing scientific and technological world through hands-on experience and inquiry-based learning. They are encouraged to investigate, predict, gather data and record their scientific findings.
Children discover the concepts of the main world religions through the school wide "Discovery Religion" program.
In Art, the children are introduced to a variety of art materials and techniques. Whenever possible, Art is integrated into the classroom.
Music lessons encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of music through listening, singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments.
The Physical Education units are a continuation of the ones taught in Pre- Kindergarten. By using a large variety of equipment and games, the children improve their psycho-motor skills, gross motor coordination, speed, endurance and flexibility.
The Information Technology program offers instruction in keyboarding and other basic computing skills. It is used to develop language, mathematics and other activities related to our Units of Inquiry.
Field trips are organized to complement the transdisciplinary themes.
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