Grades 3,4 and 5 are a time of great transition as children start to take a more active role in their education. At the intermediate level, teachers prepare students to be independent, enthusiastic learners as well as for their transition to Middle School in Grade 6.
Students have a homeroom teacher who teaches the core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Life Skills. Subjects are integrated wherever possible, so that students come to see relationships between the disciplines.
For all grades, the homeroom teacher coordinates students’ homework assignments and acts as the main contact for parents.
Each morning begins with a literacy block. Our Grades 4 and 5 teachers use multiple strategies to develop and enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students learn to communicate effectively in written, spoken and visual forms. These skills are woven into and applied throughout the core subjects on a daily basis.
Students challenge themselves through problem-solving activities that are rooted in provincial curriculum guidelines, but also give students the opportunity to work beyond that level. Students work with concrete materials to develop the mathematical concepts and discuss these concepts in class. Real-life application of math skills is reinforced regularly in our daily lessons.
Through an inquiry approach, students learn lab procedures and the scientific process. Through class discussions, group projects, hands-on activities and scientific research, students contribute to and participate in class. Connections to other disciplines are made at every opportunity.
In Social Studies, students learn research skills and how to apply these skills in a variety of areas. All projects and related assignments are frequently completed at school in order to emphasize the learning process. The course helps children to become curious about the world; to want to explore and to contribute to the community.
Social and emotional development play as large a role in success as academic achievement. Through weekly assemblies and a dedicated class, students develop basic life skills. Learning to make good choices, set goals and anticipate the future helps students become well-rounded, self-aware, and balanced individuals. Virtues are woven into the lessons with frequent discussion about their significance. Regular visits by the school counsellor, activities and role-playing are also used regularly.