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					Mou nt Pe ar l Inte r med iate




           Grade 6

 Curriculum Night Information

               for

      Parents/Guardians

          2012-2013




   Tuesday, September 25, 2012




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Promotion Requirements

(Policy Excerpts)

306.7

Promotion/Non-Promotion in K-9 shall be made in the best interests of
each student. Consideration shall be given to the students’ level of cognitive,
intellectual, social, and emotional development as well as present and past levels
of achievement.

306.7A       A student in K-9 following an Alternate Curriculum-Pathway 5
             shall be placed each year with appropriate adjustments made to
             his/her Individual Support Service Plan. These adjustments shall
             be made by the student’s Support Services Planning Team.

306.7B       A student accessing Pathway 4 supports (Alternate
             Course/Enabling Course) shall be considered for promotion/non-
             promotion as outlined in 306.7D, E and F in accordance with the
             student’s ISSP.

306.7C       A student accessing Pathway 3 supports (Modified Courses in
             designated programs) shall be considered for promotion/non-
             promotion, as outlined in 306.7 D, E and F in relation to meeting the
             determined modified outcomes of the Prescribed Program in
             accordance with the student’s ISSP.

             Appropriate adjustments shall be made to the student’s ISSP as
             necessary. These adjustments shall be made by the student’s
             Support Services Planning Team.

306.7D        Promotion of students in K-9 following the Prescribed Program
(Pathway 1) or accessing Pathway 2 and 3 supports shall be considered with the
following context:

             (1)    Promotion decisions at the Primary/Elementary level shall
                    be based on the assessment of the whole student in relation
                    to learning outcomes.

             (2)    Students shall usually be promoted through the prescribed
                    curriculum of the Primary/Elementary grades with their
                    peers.

             (3)    Promotion decisions at the Intermediate level (Grades 7 – 9)
                    shall use the following criteria:

                           A student on the prescribed program (Pathway 1) or
                           accessing Pathway 2 and 3 support shall pass
                           (receive a grade of at least 50%) Language Arts or
                           Francais, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies,
                           Core French and any two others of the following
                           subject areas:

                           Technology Education       Health
                           Religious Education        Music
                           Home Economics             Art
                           Physical Education

Note: Students enrolled in the French Immersion Program must pass Français
      to continue in the French Immersion Stream.




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Assessment and Reporting Schedule


190 Teaching Days
2 Administrative Days


                                    TERM ONE


September 2, 2012 – November 23, 2012                       (56 days)
  1.    Term One ends November 23, 2012
  2.    Reports released week of November 26 – November 30, 2012
  3.    Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
        - Completed by December 7, 2012


                                    TERM TWO


November 26, 2012 – March 8, 2013                                     (67 days)
  1.    Term Two ends March 8, 2013
  2.    Reports released week of March 11 – March 15, 2013
  3.    Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
        - Completed by March 22, 2013


                                  TERM THREE


March 11, 2013 – June 20, 2013                                        (67 days)
        Reports released on June 20, 2013


Guidance


The Guidance Department at Mount Pearl Intermediate is responsible for a wide
range of services. The guidance program provides leadership opportunities,
coordinates the Tutoring for Tuition program, and, through the Character Counts!
Program, works to create a positive school environment where all can feel safe
and respected. This program also promotes an atmosphere of acceptance, trust
and responsibility for others.

In addition to these services and programs, the Guidance Department provides
individual and group counseling, mediation, formal and informal assessments,
and consultation with students and parents/guardians. Guidance counselors are
also involved in the development of Behavior Management Plans, monitoring of
students with particular learning and/or behavior needs, and direct involvement in
Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and Individualized Student Support Plan
(ISSP) meetings. Referrals and consultation with outside agencies are made on
an as needed basis.


Student Support Services

The Special Services Department at Mount Pearl Intermediate provides a wide
range of supports for students with exceptionalities. Instructional Resource
Teachers consult and collaborate with classroom/subject teachers in order to
develop and deliver supports and programming for students with exceptionalities.
Instructional Resource Teachers also assist in differentiating the instruction in the


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inclusive classroom in order to meet the diverse learning styles of our students.
Teachers working with students with pervasive needs may deliver programming
and supports in the inclusive classroom and/or a small-group setting, depending
on the need.

The Special Services Department is also involved in pre-referral/referral, IEP and
ISSP meetings, formal and informal assessment, and the development and
implementation of Behavior Management Plans.


Art


The Art Program presents to the student a variety of professional artistic works
which exemplify the application of certain elements of art. Through activities
based on a particular element, the student explores the dynamics of that element
with his/her own creativity.


Topic A:     The Elements and Principles of Design

             1.   Color           6. Unity
             2.   Line            7. Movement
             3.   Shape           8. Balance
             4.   Texture         9. Contrast
             5.   Space           10. Rhythm

Topic B:     Art Skills

             1.   Painting Skills
             2.   Pasting Skills
             3.   Modelling and Constructing Skills
             4.   Cutting and Tearing Skills
             5.   Crayon and Stick media


Student evaluation:

Cooperation, participation, art appreciation, expression of opinions about
personal art work and the work of others.


Core French


Text:        Acti-Vie 3

In Elementary Core French, student outcomes are organized around the
following strands; communication, culture and general language education.
Students acquire language using real life contexts.


The Elementary Core French themes include:
1.    L’environnement at moi
2.    Soyons Branchees
3.    C’est l’hiver
4.    Explorons l’univers
5.    Voyageons dans le tamps




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These topics are presented in a thematic approach. High frequency items
including numbers, classroom expressions, colours, and greetings are
incorporated into the routine management and daily activities of the classroom.

Student evaluation:

Interviews, role plays, oral and written presentations, listening activities, quizzes
and tests.


English Language Arts


At the Grade Six level, the English Language Arts curriculum helps students
increase their power over the language processes of reading, speaking, listening,
writing, viewing, and other ways of representing meaning. The Writing Process
and the phases of the writing experience (Preparing to Write, Composing a Final
Draft, Revising, Editing, and Publishing) will be worked on extensively throughout
the year. Students will be expected to maintain a writing file/folder to store and
review their writing. Journals will also be used as a tool to develop personal
writing skills.

A number of authorized novels and genre books are also studied in depth. The
program will also include the following components:
    Independent novel studies
    In-class novel studies
    Read alouds
    Home reading
    Narrative, Informational, Poetic and Journal Writing
    Process and Demand writing in various forms
    Spelling/Grammar instruction and practice
    Silent reading

Anthology Titles
1.     Looking for Answers
2.     Space, Stars, and Quasars
3.     Off the Page
4.     Discovering Links

Novels
Space Trap                                 Holes
Journey                                    Charlie Wilcox
Wings to Fly                               The Sky is Falling
Dragon in the Clouds                       Lost: In Cyberspace
Out of the Dark                            Jip: His Story
Tuck Everlasting                           Julie
Missing May                                Jungle Dogs
Bridge to Terabithia                       The Breadwinner

Student Evaluation:

Assignments, presentations, comprehension evaluations, projects. assessment
pieces are used from reading, writing, listening and speaking domains.




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Health


Text: Young Canada Health 3

The Health Program promotes sound decision-making regarding health and well-
being, and fosters a positive self concept. It takes a comprehensive approach
which covers a variety of components.


Topics include:

          Mental health
          Relationships
          Physical growth and development
          Dental health
          Healthy living
          Injury prevention and safety
          Drug education
          Consumer health
          Environmental health
          Self care


Student evaluation:

Assignments, presentations, role plays, tests and quizzes.


Mathematics


Text:         Math Focus

With this new course students will incorporate the seven mathematical
processes; communication, connections, problem solving, reasoning,
visualization, estimation and technology to embrace lifelong learning in
mathematics.

Specific curriculum outcomes to be explored include those related to:

         1). Numeration                           6). Ratio and Percent
         2). Number Relationships                 7). Fractions
         3). Patterns in Mathematics              8). Multiplication and Division
         4). Data Relationships                   of Decimals
         5). Motion Geometry and 2D               9). Measurement
         Geometry                                 10).Probability

Student evaluation:

In-class work, quizzes, tests, assignments, group work, class discussion and
participation.


Music


The elementary program continues to provide students with musical experiences
that further develop the musicality innate in each child. The elementary program
follows a pedagogical sequence of hearing, singing, playing, moving, deriving,
writing, and creating to build upon skills and knowledge acquired in the primary


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grades. Cognitive and psychomotor skills are developed through musical
literacy, movement, and the creation and performance of their own works and the
works of others. In addition to playing classroom instruments, students study the
recorder and explore the use of music technology.


Repertoire is expanded and includes songs and works from their own and other
cultures, works of recognized masters, and contemporary compositions.
Students analyze, interpret, reflect and respond to their own works and the works
of others, and make connections in local and global contexts.


Choral experiences are an integral part of the elementary music program.
Students study choral repertoire and the technical aspects of good choral singing
in a choral setting. Choral experiences are to be offered along with the
classroom program but are not to replace the allocated time for the core
classroom music program.


Instrumental skills may be further developed through a band or string program.
The decision to introduce band and/or string programs is a district and school
prerogative. Beginning grade levels may vary. Band and string classes are an
extension of the classroom music program and provide reinforcement and
application of musical concepts. However, at no time are band and string
classes to replace the classroom music program. Further information on
instrumental programs may be found in Instrumental Music: An Administrative
and Curricular Guide.


Evaluation:


On the elementary report card for music, students are assessed using two
descriptors:
       1.     Listens and responds to music
       2.     Understands musical concepts

A rating scale of 1 to 5 is used for these two descriptors.



Physical Education


The Department of Education determines the Physical Education Curriculum in
the Elementary School and the program introduces the student to a variety of
sports-related skills and modified games fostering positive participation in
movement experiences. There are also a variety of individual movement,
cooperative games, fitness and rhythmic skills presented to enhance the
student’s personal growth and development.

Activities

The activities offered at Mount Pearl Intermediate for this school year originate
from the categories listed below:

Sport Related Skills
       Kicking, passing, dribbling – demonstrated through soccer
       Catching, passing, dribbling – demonstrated through basketball
       Volleying, spiking, serving – demonstrated through volleyball
       Running, jumping, throwing – demonstrated through track and field
       Throwing, catching, base running – demonstrated through softball


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           Batting (using implements) – demonstrated through paddleball,
            scoopball, and badminton

Movement Skills
      Body awareness – shape, laterality, weight transfer and balance
      Quality of movement – speed and force
      Space awareness – personal, general and directions

Rhythmic Skills
      Interactive movement – demonstrated through aerobics
      Creative movement – demonstrated through movement and dance

Co-operative Games
      Games – low organized, lead-up, and relay

Physical Fitness
       Exercises – strength, agility, flexibility and endurance


Student evaluation

An individual student profile is completed in Physical Education for each
reporting period during the school year. This assessment is based upon the
positive aspects of student participation and reflects the degree to which a
student:

           Expends energy appropriate to the activity
           Contributes positively to the success of the activity
           Co-operates with others to achieve activity goals
           Demonstrates an awareness of fair play and sportsmanship
           Is prepared for class in terms of dress and attendance


Religious Education


Text:          Horizons - Faiths of Friends Series; Book 3

“The Newfoundland and Labrador religious education curriculum is shaped by a
vision of enabling and encouraging students to grow religiously, spiritually and
morally into informed, caring and contributing members of society, who
appreciate their own beliefs and values, and the beliefs and values of others, and
who understand the contribution that Christianity and other religions make to
human life. “ (Vision Statement, Elementary Religious Education Curriculum
Guide)

Students will explore the beliefs, traditions and value of Christianity, Aboriginal
Spirituality, Judaism, Ba’hia and Islam.

Student evaluation: Projects, in-class work, discussions and participation.


Science


Text:          Pan Canadian Science Place

Students will develop an appreciation of science, collaborative learning skills and
learn to question/experiment through scientific inquiry.




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Text:   The Sky is the Limit                     Theme: Flight

Text:   Out of this World                        Theme: Space

Text:   Turn It On                               Theme: Electricity

Text:   Variety of Life                          Theme: Diversity of Life


Student evaluation:

Experiments, independent and group projects, worksheets, tests, class
discussion and participation.


Social Studies


Text:          Culture Quest: Exploring World Cultures

The vision for the Atlantic Canada social studies curriculum is to enable and
encourage students to examine issues, respond critically and creatively, and
make informed decisions as individuals and as citizens of Canada and of an
increasingly interdependent world. An effective social studies curriculum
prepares students to achieve all essential graduation learnings (EGLs). In
particular, social studies, more than any other curriculum area, is vital in
developing citizenship.


Topics to be covered include:

             Culture and diversity
             Citizenship, Power and Governance
             Individuals, Societies and economic Decisions
             Interdependence
             Time, Continuity, and Change
             Mapping skills


Student evaluation:

In-class work, quizzes, projects, group work, discussion and participation.




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