Curriculum Overview & Expectations
Christian Education will be integrated throughout the curriculum. Our theme this year is “Walk with Jesus our Living Hope” and so our focus is on understanding the gift of friendship that Jesus has given us and how we may use this gift in our everyday lives. Jesus calls us to be his friends and gives us hope through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist. On this journey, we will explore and reflect on different scripture and parable stories to help children develop their understanding and appreciation for Jesus. We will be learning to understand God’s love for us and how we can model after people in scripture to make good choices and follow Jesus’ footsteps. Through the story of Jesus’ life, the children will come to know His mercy and love for us, as well as the knowledge that this love is eternal through His resurrection. We are truly blessed to develop our friendship with Jesus through the holy sacraments this year.
Most of this year’s curriculum is focused on sacramental preparation. Some dates to make note of this year are:
- Reconciliation Virtual Parents Meeting – February 22, 2021
- First Reconciliation – February 27, 2021
- First Holy Communion Meeting – (TBA)
- First Holy Communion Rehearsal – (TBA)
- First Holy Communion – (TBA)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Students will be partaking in the Daily 5 which is a programme that encourages independent reading, guided reading, active spelling tasks, written tasks and development of listening skills. Students will engage in theme-based assignments and work towards developing listening, reading, comprehension, and writing skills. We will be using RAZ and levelled books in the classroom for our reading program.
Our spelling program will start on Monday September 14th.
Please encourage your child to practice the spelling words in one or more of these ways:
- Read and spell each word. Cover it up and write it. Uncover the word and check to see if it is correct.
- Find the words on the spelling list in printed materials such as books and magazines.
- Read a word aloud and ask your child to spell it (either aloud or written on paper).
Week 3 Bonus Word: elements
Week 4 Bonus Word: metamorphic
Week 5 Bonus Word: well-being
Week 6 Bonus Word: suburban
Week 7 Bonus Word: Hallowtide
Week 8 Bonus Word: government
Week 9 Bonus Word: alevins
Week 10 Bonus Words: life cycle
Week 11 Bonus Word: reconciliation
Week 12 Bonus Word: important
Week 13 Bonus Word: sacraments
Week 14 Bonus Word: evaporation
Week 15 Bonus Word: condensation
Week 16 Bonus Word: precipitation
Week 17 Bonus Word: subtraction
Week 19 Bonus Word: landforms
Week 20 Bonus Word: sphere
Please have your child reading at least 15 minutes a day.
Through the use of manipulatives and combined Math programs and resources we will be covering the following concepts: repeating and growing patterns, number concepts, basic additions & subtractions, geometry, measurement, data analysis and financial literacy.
I Know It – Second Grade Math Practice (I Know It)
Math Magic – https://coolsciencelab.com/math_magic.html
Please take advantage of this awesome Math resource to keep your child’s skills up to date.
Students will be learning about metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different animals, water sources and forms, the water cycle and water conservation, physical and chemical changes, force and motion.
SOCIAL STUDIES & CAREER EDUCATION
The BC Redesigned curriculum encourages an integrated approach; Social studies will be the core curricular area that falls in line with this model, incorporating language arts, art education, religion, and Health and Career Education. Students will be learning communities, rights and responsibilities, people’s needs and wants, First People of Canada, landforms and water bodies, Canada’s provinces and territories.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (with Mr. Jones)
Students are expected to wear their gym strip underneath their school uniform on P.E. days. Our P.E days are Mondays and Wednesdays. If students forget to wear their gym strip, they do not participate in gym class for that day. Please have your child leave only ONE pair of non-marking black athletic shoes for use inside the school and in the gymnasium (NOT dress shoes plus gym shoes). Be mindful that the shoes they wear to school will also be used for outdoors (recess, lunch-recess, outdoor P.E., etc).
Students will be learning about healthy lifestyle, illness prevention, effective communication skills and strategies to manage emotions in order to develop and maintain healthy relationships. We will also look at being resilient and learning to bounce back from little problems.
Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. When there are new Seesaw posts, families can be notified via app notification, email or SMS. Parents are only notified about their own child’s work, and all data is safe and secure.