Grade 5 Curriculum
Math

The Grade 5 Math Program is divided into three modules of study.  In the first module, we use Canadian and world statistics to explore place value and number concepts. Review of basic addition and subtraction is done through a variety of word problems.  We explore decimal concepts and addition and subtraction of decimal numbers.  We will continue to develop ability in multiplication of whole numbers and decimal numbers, and apply these skills to problem-solving.  In the second module, we explore linear measurement, area, and geometric figures.  In the third module, we will be doing challenging division questions with whole numbers and decimal numbers.  Fraction concepts and computation skills will finish off the year.

In all modules, drills will be used to develop speed and accuracy in the four operations.  Each module also contains problem-solving situations that apply the concepts.

The course is designed to enable strong math students to work their way through the modules independently or in small groups.  These students will then be given opportunities to explore more challenging math concepts involving algebra, integers, and complex problems.  In addition, students are encouraged to work on math contest materials. 

 

English

There are five major components to the Grade 5 English program:

Improving spelling accuracy - in everyday writing and in spelling exercises through weekly word lists. Students are expected to use “priority words” correctly in their writing at all times.

Proper use of a variety of sentences - we examine basic sentence structure and correct punctuation.  We expand this by looking at techniques for combining sentences with the appropriate use of commas, colons, and semi-colons.

The writing process - we use the 4-square writing method to help students write paragraphs and short essays.  Strong introductions and conclusions, well-organized text, and relevant and interesting supporting details are developed. 

Reading - during class time students are able to respond to a variety of fiction and non-fiction material. In addition, they are expected to read every evening for 15 to 30 minutes.  A novel study will be completed each term.  More formal responses to literature will be done using both short answers and paragraph answers (Sandwich answer technique).

Vocabulary development - through writing and reading exercises.  The Wordly Wise book introduces students to a rich variety of vocabulary and challenges them to learn and use these words in new ways. Students will be given the opportunity to present oral and visual presentations throughout the year. 

French

The Grade 5 program uses the theme-based Visages 2 magazine and workbook plus supplementary worksheets, songs, games, activities, and projects. The program focuses on the development of oral language skills, emphasizing daily participation and a willingness to try to communicate in French. As these skills develop, the emphasis will shift to include written, listening, and reading skills as well. The students will have the opportunity to express themselves in many ways, thereby making it possible for everyone to achieve success through effort. Mastery of some skills such as grammatical structures and verb conjugations (-er verbs, avoir, être and faire) will be expected by the end of the year. The Grade 5 students also participate in a French immersion experience in St. Donat, Quebec each January.

Social Studies

Our social studies program is activity-based and provides students with an opportunity to interact with each other and with people in the wider community.  Units provide a context for students to develop factual knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and they challenge them to apply their learning to new contexts and content. The three module units are:

1 Geography - the key concept is change.  The topic is “Freshwater Trails”, and we study how both people and nature change or affect waterways. 

2 History - the key concept is heritage.  This exploration unit focuses on the nature and consequences of exploration both in Canada and throughout the world.

3 Self and society - the key concept is interdependence.  By examining communities, the students learn how society is organized and how it works.

In addition mapping skills are taught throughout the year. Students examine shapes on a map, map symbols, position and direction, and map scale.

Science

There are 3 areas of study in this course: Matter and its Changes, Weather and Energy.  Each module is based primarily on hands-on activities, experiments and investigations. They will all be completed in the classroom environment. Each class has one double and one single science period, giving plenty of time to complete our activities. The students will be responsible for keeping accurate experiment results during class time. When a project is assigned, it too will be completed within the classroom environment. This enables us to evaluate the whole process of the project, not just the finished product.

Art

The Grade 5 Art Program will emphasize the fun of creating as well as learning ways to draw, paint, sculpt and make prints. Students will learn about the elements and principles of design.  They will study some art history and use what they have learned to make their own art better. Learning will be enhanced by student exhibitions, and three terms of co-curricular Art Club.

Music

The Grade 5 Music Program develops students’ musical understanding and skills through classes in voice and percussion as well as in theory, history, music notation and music composition. Students expand their knowledge of music through listening and writing activities, developing the ability to communicate their understanding both orally and in written form. Through an exploration of critical thinking, creativity, and cooperative learning, students deepen their understanding and appreciation of music.

Physical Fitness

Physical Education classes promote fitness and skill development, and provide students with opportunities to participate in a variety of team games and individual activities.  Students are expected to develop positive attitudes, the ability to work with others, the desire to strive for personal best, and a sense of sportsmanship and fair play. 

Development of physical fitness is integral to our program.  Students do fitness tests in the fall and spring.  Students are encouraged to set personal goals to improve their results. 

Skills required for playing team sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball are taught.  In addition, an understanding of the rules and game strategies are developed.  Individual sports include cross-country running, track and field, and dance (girls). In addition, a variety of low organization games or “new” sports are introduced throughout the year.

 

Grade 6 Curriculum

Math

The Grade 6 Math Program will build upon the Grade 5 Program to develop confidence, speed and accuracy when working with a variety of topics. We will extend basic concepts of place value, numeration and computation using whole, decimal and fractional numbers. Other strands of study will encompass: problem-solving – a variety of problem-solving strategies and skills will be developed and applied throughout the year as we work through other strands; geometry – perimeter, area, circle calculations, measurement and constructions; number theory – divisibility rules, LCM, GCF, exponents, order of operations; rate, ratio, percent; introduction to algebra; transformations. Math puzzles, and participation in math contests will give the students opportunities to apply the skills they are developing in novel ways.

English

There are four strands to the Grade 6 English course:

Reading – the students are encouraged to read for enjoyment through silent reading and independent book report assignments (one each term). In term three a novel study is undertaken and the final book report is a PowerPoint presentation on a novel of their choice. Inferential reading is developed through daily discussions on various assignments and locating answers to questions.

Writing – the writing program will focus on the development of clear and well thought out extended paragraphs. Expository paragraphs, descriptive and narrative writing, formal and informal letters and essay writing will also be developed. Students will be encouraged to express their opinions, to improve their personal writing style and the fluency of their writing, and develop their ability to compare and contrast in writing assignments.

Grammar - in the grammar component we will concentrate on the fundamental concepts of parts of speech, and sentence structure and syntax. Solid proofreading skills will be developed through peer editing and self-evaluation.

Spelling - throughout the year students are taught various strategies of spelling. Visual, auditory and tactile learning are key elements to our program. Spelling is evaluated through the use of oral language, weekly lessons, and various assignments and quizzes.

French

The Grade 6 course uses the theme-based Visages 3 magazine and workbook plus supplementary worksheets, songs, games, activities and projects. The program focuses initially on the development of oral language skills, emphasizing daily participation and a willingness to try to communicate in French. As these skills develop, the emphasis will shift to include written, listening and reading skills as well. The students will have the opportunity to express themselves in many ways, thereby making it possible for everyone to achieve success through effort. Mastery of some skills such as grammatical structures, regular and irregular verbs, and vocabulary will be expected by the end of the year.

The Grade 6s participate in Le Banquet Français a French lunch hosted by the staff. Participants are chosen by lottery. Students can earn lottery tickets by making a strong effort to participate and to speak French not only within the classroom setting but in all aspects of their day-to-day interactions in the Middle School.

Social Studies

The social studies program is divided into three main areas: political science, history, and geography.

Political Science: This unit helps students learn about how people develop rules, regulations, and laws. The activities explore where rules come from, why they are made, who creates the rules, and what they can do to influence the governing of our communities. Students will participate in an election scenario at the end of the unit.

History: This unit helps students learn about ways that people have changed the world and the early history of Canada. The activities help students find out about past achievements, such as human-made landmarks. A small project on landmarks will be done at the end of the unit. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of resources to help them with their research.

Geography:  This unit focuses on Canadian and world geography to include their various physical features and cultures. Students develop their skills in analyzing and in creating a culture gram, maps, gathering information in Canada and the world.

Science

There are three areas of study in this course: Sunship Earth (environmental science), Flight and Space Exploration, and Electricity.  Each module is based primarily on hands-on activities, inventing, model building, and keeping accurate records of experiment results. A five day field trip is part of the Sunship Earth module and a space mission trip (at the Ontario Science Centre) is planned for February. All projects will be completed within the class environment.

Visual Art

The Grade 6 Art Program will introduce the joy of creating art using the techniques of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.  Students will be exposed to the elements and principles of design and some aspects of art history and criticism.  Connections between past and present will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned from art history to their class assignments.    The Grade 6 program will build on skills taught in Grade 5.  Learning will be enhanced and realized through student art exhibitions, outdoor drawing, and co-curricular Art Club.

Music

Grade 6 Music is an instrumental ensemble class. Students will learn to identify, assemble, play and care for a band instrument. Students’ knowledge and understanding of music theory, performance, and music appreciation will develop as they become acquainted with the nuances of the small ensemble setting. These skill sets will be developed through classroom work, in groups and through individual work assignments and performance exercises. The aim is to involve and engage the students in different settings allowing them to experience varied styles of music.

Physical Fitness

Physical Education classes promote fitness and skill development, and provide students with opportunities to participate in a variety of team games and individual activities.  Students are expected to develop positive attitudes, the ability to work with others, the desire to strive for personal best, and show a sense of sportsmanship and fair play. 

Development of physical fitness is integral to our program.  Students do fitness tests in the fall and spring, and are encouraged to set personal goals to improve their results. 

Skills required for playing team sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball are taught.  In addition, an understanding of the rules and game strategies are developed.  Individual sports include cross-country running, track and field, and dance (girls).  In addition, a variety of low organization games or “new” sports are introduced throughout the year.

 

Grade 7 Curriculum

Math

The overall goals of the Mathematics Program in Grade 7 are to have students build confidence in their mathematical ability, develop problem-solving skills, and learn to communicate and reason mathematically as they gain an appreciation of the value of mathematics in their lives. In particular, the curriculum in Grade 7 expands students’ knowledge of numbers, computation, estimation, measurement, geometry, statistics, probability, patterns and functions, and the fundamental concepts of algebra. In addition to making use of manipulatives, lessons are developed to promote cooperative learning and communication skills, the integration of mathematics with other subjects, and the development of critical thinking skills and individualized learning. Students are also given the opportunity to solve challenging varieties of word problems by participating in various mathematics competitions throughout the year.

Text:  Mathematics 8:  Making Connections (McGraw-Hill Ryerson)

English

This course will expose students to a wide variety of literary forms with the purpose of identifying the key elements therein. Moreover, the students will create original pieces of writing, using the literature presented as a strong example of the genre. Emphasis will be placed on reading for pleasure and purpose, critical thinking and communication skills, and supporting answers with appropriate source evidence.

This course will help students understand different literary forms and also gain an understanding of themselves by making the appropriate connections.

Texts:  Best Short Stories (a critical look at the key elements of the genre). Best Selling Chapters (a critical look at the key elements within acclaimed novels).  Best Poetry (exposes students to poetic devices and conventions. Students will analyse selections and create original works.) Language Power (a grammar, spelling, vocabulary and composition builder). Two Novel Studies -an independent novel study chosen by the teacher and a group novel study chosen by the student.

French

The Grade 7 French program uses a variety of texts, readers and handouts in addition to video and audio materials.  Through games, activities and projects, our goal throughout the year will be to allow students to learn about different francophone areas of the world, and we will try to simulate situations for them to use their oral and written French. Further development of vocabulary and grammatical skills are an integral part of all communicative activities.  Grade 7 students are also offered the opportunity to correspond with a pen pal in France.  If they choose, they may have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with their pen pal in their Grade 8 year.

The Grade 7s participate in Le Banquet Français a French lunch hosted by the staff. Participants are chosen by lottery. Students can earn lottery tickets by making a strong effort to participate and to speak French not only within the classroom setting but in all aspects of their day-to-day interactions in the Middle School.

Geography

Students in this course will investigate physical geography on a national and global scale.  Physical geography is the science that attempts to understand how the earth works and how humans change it.  Topics to be studied include: the five themes of geography, patterns in physical geography and natural resources.  Students will begin to understand the planet by simplifying reality and arranging information in the form of maps, graphs and visual presentations.  Most importantly students will be encouraged to act on what they have learned. 

Text:  Physical Geography – Discovering Global Systems and Patterns

History

This course will look at the history of our country.  Early Settlement and New France: First settlements,

The Colony of New France, Daily Life in New France, The Fall of New France. We will research an important personality of New France and take a trip to the Jesuit Mission at Ste. Marie Among the Hurons.

British North America: The Loyalists, The War of 1812, Life in Lower and Upper Canada. We will see a Loyalist dramatic presentation, complete a War of 1812 research project and take a trip to Forts Niagara and George (two perspectives on the war).

Conflict and Change: Discontent in Upper and Lower Canada, Rebellion and Revenge, Towards Responsible Government

Text: Their Stories, Our History – Canada’s Early Years

Science

The Grade 7 Science Program includes topics such as: ecosystems, pure substances and mixtures, and structures.  To explore these topics to their full potential, the students will be using the indoor and outdoor classroom settings, dissecting owl pellets, going on field trips, designing and building bridges and debating environmental issues.

Visual Art

Throughout the course of the year, students will explore the Visual Arts in and out of the art studio.  The Grade 7 Visual Art Program will emphasize the joy of creating art while learning the fundamental techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media.  They will also explore the elements and principles of design, and various periods of art history.  Connections between past and present will be made while students have the opportunity to apply what they have understood and appreciated from art history to their class assignments.

Learning will be enhanced and realized through student art exhibitions (“Artist of the Month” to showcase an individual’s art work), outdoor drawing, and extracurricular art club. 

Music

Grade 7 Music is an instrumental ensemble class. This is the second year of study of instrumental music.  Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of music theory, performance, and music appreciation.  They will become acquainted with ensemble performance in a more formal setting through introductory band as an after school activity. These skill sets will be developed through classroom work, in groups and through individual work assignments and performance exercises. The aim is to involve and engage the students in different settings allowing them to experience varied styles of music.

Physical Fitness

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the total educational environment through the development of physical, mental, and social-emotional skills. Our philosophy is to provide appropriate learning experiences through diversified activities. These activities are arranged and planned in order that every student can experience some degree of success. Physical education seeks to develop well-rounded individuals who are responsible and contributing citizens of today's society.

Students participate in the following activities: cross-country running; soccer, football, rugby, field hockey (girls), basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, wrestling (boys), dance (girls), track and field, badminton, tennis, lacrosse, and softball.

 

Grade 8 Curriculum

Math

The main goal of this course is to develop mathematical thinking. This course is comprised of nine key strands. These are Algebra, Geometry, Communicating Mathematics, Data Analysis/ Statistics, Measurement, Number Sense, Interdisciplinary Applications, Patterns and Functions, and Technology. These strands are woven throughout the course and problems incorporating each strand appear in nearly every lesson. Students are also given the opportunity to solve challenging varieties of word problems by participating in various mathematics competitions throughout the year.

Significant time will be spent reviewing concepts and skills developed in earlier courses so that students can be successful as they prepare for high school mathematics.

Textbook: Mathpower 9

English

The major focus of this course is the students’ writing style.  Their existing skills are enhanced through exposure to relevant and interesting vocabulary and essential editing procedures.  Major emphasis is placed on writing an effective synopsis and essay.  The students will also study short stories for their use of language, tone and mood, and symbolism.  Poetry will be used to reinforce figurative language and studied for its form and the author’s purpose.  Students will also be exposed to a variety of literary genres including science fiction, mystery, classic literature and Canadian literature through book reports and novels studies throughout the year.  Grammatical exercises will receive equal priority and not only build upon previous knowledge, but also provide a foundation for their writing.  The oral and media component of the course will be met through in-class debates, public speaking, drama, presentations, an advertising unit and film comparisons.  Overall, our goal is to have each student make appropriate judgements and derive conclusions based on this newly acquired knowledge.

Texts:   Best Short Stories – Middle Level (Jamestown Publishers)

            Best Selling Chapters – Middle Level (Jamestown Publishers)

                Best Poems – Middle Level (Jamestown Publishers)

                Language Power – Book G (Gage Educational Publishing Company)

                Novel/Play - TBA

            Canadian Student Writer’s Guide (Gage Educational Publishing Company)

French

The Grade 8 French program focuses on the further development of both oral and written language skills. There is greater emphasis on expanding reading comprehension using more complex vocabulary and grammatical structures. The grammar and language conventions are integrated with the study of various thematic and cultural topics.  Highlight of the Grade 8 year is an opportunity to participate in an exchange program to France. 

Geography

Students in this course will investigate human geography on a national and global scale.  Essentially, human geography is a science that explores the connections between humankind and the physical environment.  Unit topics include Patterns in human geography, Economic systems and Migration.  Students will learn through individual research and study, group assignments and projects, oral presentations and field trips.  The ability to create and interpret graphs, maps and present information will be aided with the use of technology.  Most importantly students will be encouraged to act on what they have learned.  Textbook:  Human Geography – Discovering Global Systems and Patterns

History

This course focuses on the development of Canada as a nation from 1860 to World War 1.  Topics investigated are: the effect of the Great Migration on the growth of Canada, the events and the people involved in Confederation, the contributions of diverse cultural groups in settling the West, the roles of the Metis and Aboriginal people, conflict and change in the West, and the building of the railway.  The culmination of this course is a class trip to Ottawa to experience first-hand some of the places studied.

Science

This course includes topics such as:  cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, water systems, fluids, mechanical advantage & designing a science fair project.  Activities include, but are not limited to:  investigating micro-organisms, dissecting perch, operating microscopes, debating, role playing, participating in a school science fair and organizing an end of the year rocket launch.  The students will use the indoor and the outdoor classrooms to learn in an experiential highly participatory manner.

Visual Art

Throughout the course of the year, students will explore the Visual Arts in and out of the art studio.  The Grade 8 art program will emphasize the joy of creating art while learning the fundamental techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media.  They will also explore the elements and principles of design, and various periods of art history.  Connections between past and present will be made while students have the opportunity to apply what they have understood and appreciated from art history to their class assignments. 

The Grade 8 Program will build on skills taught in Grade 7.  Learning will be enhanced and realized through student art exhibitions (“Artist of the Month” to showcase an individual’s art work), outdoor drawing, and three terms of co-curricular Art Club. 

Music

The Grade 8 music program furthers students’ understanding of the elements of music through the development of technical and musical skills on a band instrument. Students expand their knowledge of reading, writing, and performing musical notation accurately and fluently. They learn rehearsal and performance skills in small and large ensembles. They advance their knowledge of history and theory. Improvisation is also introduced. Additionally, students deepen their knowledge of music through listening and writing activities, developing their ability to communicate their understanding both orally and in written form.

Physical Fitness

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the total educational environment through the development of physical, mental, and social-emotional skills. Our philosophy is to provide appropriate learning experiences through diversified activities. These activities are arranged and planned in order that every student can experience some degree of success. Physical Education seeks to develop well-rounded individuals who are responsible and contributing citizens of today's society.

Students participate in the following activities: cross-country running; soccer, football, rugby, field hockey (girls), basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, wrestling (boys), dance (girls), track and field, badminton, tennis, lacrosse, and softball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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