What We’re Learning – October 2020

Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between direct parental involvement in a child’s education and their success in school. With this in mind, I will be making regular posts outlining what topics we are currently studying in class, so that parents can have discussions with their child, and help extend their learning at home.


What We’re Learning – October 2020

Language Arts:

  • Spelling: New words are introduced on Mondays, practice exercises take place on Wednesdays, and tests take place on Fridays (or Thursdays if there is no school on the Friday) – Students are expected to study their words every night
  • Reading: Silent Reading takes place every morning: your child is responsible for ensuring they have something to read every day; Guided Reading exercises; Reading Comprehension exercises
  • Writing: Journals; Reading Comprehension exercises; Grammar and editing exercises
  • Oral Language: Stories From the Weekend (sharing); reading aloud; class discussions


  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Number Sense (Whole Numbers; Place Value)

Social Studies:

  • World and Canadian Geography
  • Mapping
  • BC and Canadian Resources


  • The Scientific Method
  • Biomes and Habitats

Fine Arts:

  • Visual Art: Learning to Draw

Physical Education:

We will be doing something physical every day: Please ensure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear every day

  • Gym: Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball – days T.B.D.
  • Running Club:¬†days T.B.D.

Health and Career Education:

  • Personal Planning
  • Exercise and Healthy Eating
  • Social Emotional Learning – Second Step Program, Unit 1: Empathy

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies:

  • Office 365 (Outlook, Teams, OneDrive, Word); computer and iPad skills; touch typing; robotics

Dressing for the weather, dressing for activities

The weather as of late has left no doubt that Fall is most definitely upon us! Please ensure that your child comes to school each and every day with appropriate (i.e. warm and dry) footwear and outerwear (i.e. a warm, waterproof jacket). If you need any assistance in obtaining these items, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, or Mr. Greenwood or Ms. Macera in the Community Office.

Please remember that we also do something physical every day (P.E. or Running Club). This requires extra, proper footwear, as gumboots are neither safe nor appropriate for these activities. Please ensure that your child has a good pair of runners/sneakers with them every day. Your child has their own cubby space in which they can leave items such as runners, and leaving a pair of runners at school is the easiest way to ensure that there is always appropriate footwear at hand.


A Note on Homework

My approach to homework is what you might call a holistic approach. I do not create and assign additional work just for the sake of having homework. Rather, I assign an amount of work that I feel is appropriate for the day, and let the student choose how to approach the work.

For any given assignment, a predictable pattern usually emerges: a small portion of the class will complete the assignment in class, the majority of students will have about 5-10 minutes of work remaining, and another small portion will have a significant amount of work remaining. In this system, whatever work is not completed in class becomes homework.

One of the many upsides of this system is that it places the onus on the student to use his or her class time wisely. And the amount of homework remaining at the end of the day is often a good indication of how effectively the student is using his or her class time.

With this, we know that every student’s ability level varies significantly from one to the next, and from subject to subject. Based on how effectively a student is performing during class time, and with constant consideration of their skill level, I will revise the assignment accordingly to ensure an appropriate amount of homework is left.

As such, if your child does not have much homework, you ought to congratulate them for their efficient use of class time. Conversely, if you notice your child has a good deal of homework, maybe you could speak with them about how effectively they are using their class time.

Every day, students will list all the subjects for which homework is a possibility in their planners. They will also bring home all those assignments whether they believe they are completed or not. Students bring both their planners and their homework to me, where I confirm (and sign) that everything is in order. What this does is provide for a system of “checks and balances” whereby you can ask your child to show you his or her work, allowing you to confirm the amount of homework that he or she has.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask at any time.

A Note on Planners

Every day, students will write in their planners. The information they will write will include: homework for the day, notices enclosed for your attention, due dates for the return of certain items, upcoming events, and other things of note. Please ensure that you review your child’s planner daily, and please sign next to the entry to indicate that you have done so. I read through the planners every morning, so please feel free to write me a note in it.