At Akiva, literacy is more than reading and writing – it is about how we communicate as readers, writers and speakers in society. Our English Language Arts curriculum is theme based.
These ever-changing themes; outer space, inventions, children around the world, oceans, fairy tales, Canada, Shakespeare, medieval times, the holocaust, business study and art history (along-side many others) provide context for learning, heighten critical thinking and global awareness.
Our curriculum in based on the Quebec Education Plan (QEP) competencies:
- Reads and listens to spoken, written and media texts
- Produces written and media texts
- Uses language to communicate and learn
High quality, high expectations:
- Staffing: A teacher and teaching assistant present in every class
- Center-based instruction: Provides students with creative hands on material
- Small group instruction: Differentiation tailored to meet the needs of all learners
- Common Read: A celebration of literacy – kindergarten to grade 6
- Technology: Consistently used throughout the program to support and enhance leaning goals
Through reading, writing and communicating for various audiences and purposes, students:
- Use knowledge of words to read fluently
- Recognize all texts must be questioned, assessed, evaluated and appreciated
- Develop strategies to make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them
- Appreciate the power of the written word
- Use language to become confident capable speakers and respectful reflective listeners
Our students learn in a safe and supportive environment that promotes a risk-taking trial-and-error approach. Decoding, comprehending, analyzing, synthesizing, producing text and media are ever present. Each element literacy acquisition and is meaningful, purposeful and authentic. Lessons are for life.