Standard Courses Offered
APPLIED DESIGN SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGIES
This year-long focus builds on student’s natural desire to explore how to harness the power of learning by doing.
Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum includes skills and concepts from the disciplines of Business Education, Home Economics and Culinary Arts, Information and Communications Technology, and Technology Education, as well as rich opportunities for cross-curricular work and space for new and emerging areas.
Some of the projects that students have undertaken include coding, robotics, learning to crochet, weaving, building birdhouses, and dreamcatchers, using computer aided design programs, learning about food safe ways to prepare cuisine and follow recipes, and developing their understanding of financial literacy.
The Arts Education curriculum promotes the arts as a means of self-expression and understanding of identity, and as a place to connect with artists, art processes, artwork, and arts learning in students’ own community.
Arts education can be explored through four core disciplines-dance, drama, music, and visual arts. Arts education offers opportunities for students to explore, understand, respect, and appreciate their own and other’s cultural heritage through viewing and creating artistic works.
Career-life planning is not a matter of making one major decision and living with it for a lifetime.
The Career Education curriculum offers students an opportunity to explore career ambitions in a personally meaningful and goal-oriented way that is developmentally appropriate.
Through the development of personal interests, passions, and competencies students are able to reflect upon their learning experiences in school and community, build confidence through their contributions, and explore multiple career choices.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The curriculum is designed to empower students by providing them with strong communication skills, an understanding and appreciation of language and literature, and the capacity to engage fully as literate and responsible citizens.
Students are guided to think critically, creatively, and reflectively to construct a sense of personal and cultural identity; and to be respectful of a range of perspectives and worldviews.
Having a strong mathematical foundation is an important part of daily life. Mathematical skills are essential for problem solving in most areas of life and help us to make sense of the world around us through observing, learning, and engaging in mathematical thinking.
Mathematics curriculum offers students an opportunity to go beyond numbers and symbols. It allows students to connect, create, communicate, visualize, and reason, as part of the complex process of problem solving. Mathematical habits help students to see the math in the world around us and help to generate confidence in their ability to solve everyday problems without doubt or fear of math.
Teachers strive to embed mathematics in issues, projects, and hands-on learning opportunities that are relevant in a wide variety of situational contexts.
PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
The aims of the Physical and Health education curriculum are to empower students to develop a personalized understanding of what healthy living means to them as individuals and members of society. There is a focus on well-being-the connections between physical, intellectual, mental, and social health.
Physical education focuses on the development of physical literacy which will contribute to building the competence and competence students will need to participate in a variety of activities and environments, including both indoor and outdoor activities, or walking to work.
Health education focuses on the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs related to health literacy and encompasses a number of important health and safety topics, including nutrition, prevention of illness and injury, decision-making skills, healthy relationship skills, mental well-being, sexual health, and substance use.
The Science curriculum tells the story of science through principles and key concepts, emphasizing the ‘understanding’ of science.
For each are of science-biology, chemistry, physics, and earth, space, and environmental sciences-important concepts are introduced in Kindergarten and expanded in subsequent grades, resulting in a deeper understanding of science through an emphasis of hands-on, real-world learning experiences.
The primary goal of Social Studies education is to give students the knowledge, skills, and competencies to be active, informed citizens who are able to think critically, understand and explain the perspectives of others, make judgements, and communicate ideas effectively.
Through the study of historical events, students will gain an understanding of the people, places, issues, and events that have shaped the world they live in. The curriculum also provides students with an understanding of their place in the world and connections between the human and natural environment. The increasing cultural and economic interconnections between societies and the growing awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability make geographic understandings a crucial part of informed citizenship.
Through completing courses in Social Studies students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of Canadian society, their rights as a citizen, how to advocate for causes that are important to them, an understanding of the interdependence of economies, and how to be open to new ideas and civil to those with whom they disagree.
Adapted from material found on www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca