Queen’s Collegiate follows the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum with extended enrichment in science, math, social science, English, French, and Arts. Enrichment extends student education beyond their main course of study to develop well-rounded individuals with skills and confidence they will need to overcome future challenges.
Queen’s Teachers encourage and enhance a child’s natural curiosity and aptitude by providing engaging daily activities and opportunities to explore. Our teachers create an inspirational environment favourable for students to discover their talents, participate in decision-making, and take responsibility for their actions. By allowing children to experiment, freely express their opinions, expand their creative and intellectual abilities, and enhance social skills, our teachers successfully foster independence, competence, and self-reliance.
The Math curriculum is organized in five areas with social-emotional learning skills and mathematical processes taught and assessed through number, algebra, data, spatial sense, and financial literacy. Real-life applications in the curriculum help students see math in their everyday lives. For example, students will learn how to develop and read infographics, create a budget, e-transfer money, and create codes, among other things. Coding is a new and exciting area of mathematics which helps students develop problem solving skills and be comfortable and competent with technology.
A central component of the science curriculum is safe, practical, hands-on, experiential learning that will support students in becoming successful, discerning, scientifically, and technologically literate individuals. The curriculum focuses on developing STEM Skills and Connections in Life Systems, Matter and Energy, Structures and Mechanisms, and Earth and Space Systems. STEM Skills and Connections enable students to investigate scientific concepts and make practical connections between science and technology and other school subjects. Through scientific investigations, students will explore real-world applications of science and technology, useful in their future life. For example, students will apply research, experimentation, and engineering design skills to find solution to complex problems.
The English language curriculum is organized into four strands: Oral Communication, Reading, Writing, and Media Literacy. The program is designed to develop a range of essential skills in these four interrelated areas, built on a solid foundation of knowledge of the conventions of standard English and incorporating the use of analytical, critical, and metacognitive thinking skills. Students are encouraged to consciously monitor their thinking and learning and reflect on those skills. The knowledge and skills learnt in Grade 6-8 will enable students to understand, respond to, create, and appreciate a full range of literary, informational, and media texts.
as a Second Language
Students will learn to read, understand, and communicate in French with growing confidence, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world. Students will use French to interact effectively in a variety of social settings, learn and share knowledge about Canada, its official languages, and other cultures, be responsible for their own learning, as they work independently and in groups.
Social studies is an interdisciplinary subject that draws upon economics, geography, history, law, and politics. The social studies program at Queen's Collegiate enables students to investigate various ideas, concepts, and issues, giving students an integrated learning experience and leading to a deeper understanding of the interconnections between social, political, economic, and environmental ideas and issues.
History and Geography
History in Grade 7 and 8 focuses on developing critical thinking of significant historic events and people. Students critically analyze the impact of colonialism, the Indian Act, the residential school system, treaties, and systemic racism on Indigenous individuals and communities in Canada and interpret these events through the prism of moral and ethical dimensions.
In a Geography class students answer the three questions: “What is where, why there, and why care?” Geography curriculum at Queen's Collegiate provides students with the opportunity to explore Canadian geographic aspects as they investigate patterns, processes, and interrelationships within and between historic significance, Earth’s physical environments, and human communities.
Learning through the arts fosters integration of a student’s sensory, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities. The arts can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but they are also intellectually rigorous disciplines. Through the study of dance, drama, music, and visual arts, students develop the ability to think creatively and critically. The arts nourish and stimulate the imagination and provide students with an expanded range of tools, techniques, and skills to help them gain insights into the world around them. At Queen's Collegiate, the study of arts is enriched through participation in the artistic contests and applying students' artistic skills in various extra-curricular activities, talent shows, and school celebrations.