_______________________________ Our students are encouraged to reach their highest potential in all subject areas. We follow the Ontario Ministry of Education’s curriculum, alongside our own enriched program which emphasizes inquiry and curiosity.
_______________________________ At MMPS we follow aspects of the IB Organization's PYP (Primary Years Program) which focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
_______________________________ Our students participate in a variety of inquiry-based projects throughout the school year, explored using knowledge and skills derived from IB Organization's PYP's 6 key themes of global significance.(www.ibo.org)
Grades 1-6 Program
Our Elementary students thrive in the Beethoven classrooms for students grades 1-6. Named after the famous composer and musician, Ludwig von Beethoven, our students similarly develop a multitude of talents and skills under the guidance of their teachers.
We believe that it is important for learning to extend outside of the classroom so that materials learned inside the classroom have real world meaning. We provide our students with many co-curricular activities, such as athletics, music, math challenges, spelling bees, and field trips as learning never stops and there is always something more to learn or further understand.
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In Literacy, students learn more than just reading, writing and communicating orally. They learn an extensive amount of vocabulary and how to correctly use grammar and punctuation. They learn how to organize their thoughts and ideas with different genres of writing. Students read various pieces of work and learn how to comprehend and critically think about what they are reading. We also prepare our students for the EQAO testing in Literacy.
French is Taught Daily
The French program revolves around the students learning how to communicate orally in French, read and write. The students are introduced to more complex vocabulary, text and grammar. They become comfortable speaking in fluent conversations. They also showcase French plays for drama and school concerts.
Our Mathematics curriculum incorporates number sense and numeration, geometry and spatial sense, patterning and algebra, measurement, and data management and probability. Teachers encourage students to apply their basic mathematic skills to solve more challenging questions. Some of the themes taught are: counting, place value, finding patterns, additional, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, and measurement.
The students are introduced to ideas and themes within Earth and Space Systems, Life Systems, Structures and Mechanisms, as well as Matter and Energy in Science. Teachers design lessons that help students develop their inquiry and observation skills. Through teacher guided approaches, students master the information as they learn and understand how it is relative to themselves.
In Social Science, the students learn about their local and global communities and how to become responsible leaders in their own communities. Our focus at Markville Montessori & Private School is not only to help develop students who are highly developed academically, artistically, musically, physically, and emotionally, but to help them become leaders of tomorrow. We do this by helping them have a greater understanding of the world they live in and to think about how they can make a positive impact.
In addition to sports, our students have at least an hour each day to spend time outdoors engaged in free play. We have a variety of fun play sets for our students, including; a slide, swings, and a merry-go-round. Indoors, our Physical Education curriculum includes team-building activities and Yoga.
Physical education encompasses physical development, and learning about healthy living. We teach the students through many different organized activities & sports to work on their motor skills, fitness, and spatial awareness. We also focus on teamwork & leadership. For health, we teach the students how the body works and how to take care of it through healthy eating, physical activities and germ prevention.
As the world becomes more and more technologically advanced, we want to keep our students current. In computers class, we teach the students the basics of typing, which is the foundation to future projects inside and outside the classroom.
As they improve with their typing and literacy, they learn how to create their own webpages, which includes text and image content. In addition, we also guide students on how to perform effective online searches.
Students are taught how to communicate orally, write, and read in Chinese. The students learn how to have conversations in Chinese and are taught an extensive amount of vocabulary to help them understand through different modes of communication and communicate through speaking and writing. Chinese songs are used to help students remember themes taught in class.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to mold inquisitive, well rounded and caring students. The mission is to create a better world through education. The goal is to teach the students to create a better world. The International Baccalaureate program supports students to become active and appreciate the differences in the world. Markville Montessori & Private School has integrated the IB Program into the teaching philosophies at the school.
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Solar System Project
Our first IB Project was learning about the solar systems. We explored the universe through the sun, moon, star, and planets. We even explored little Pluto, as many of the resource books included Pluto.
We made planet booklets to learn about each planet in depth. We also researched the size, colour, temperature and special features of each planet. The students were fascinated to learn about the various stellar bodies orbiting the sun.
For our final project, we created our very own model of the solar system using styrofoam balls. This allowed the students to visualize the universe in their own unique way.
We explored the age of the dinosaurs for our second IB project. Most students already knew about the most popular dinosaur, the T-Rex. With further research, we learned more interesting facts of other dinosaur such as triceratops and stegosaurus. Students enjoyed categorizing the dinosaurs into meat (carnivores), plant eaters (herbivores) and omnivores.
We created several of our own dinosaur books. Everyone enjoyed drawing the dinosaurs and writing stories about them. Some stories applied facts learned in their research. The use of library books and encyclopedias really helped with student learning and engagement.
As a treat, at the end of the unit, we watched “The Magic School Bus” to learn about dinosaurs through the eyes of Ms. Frizzle. Using dinosaur toys from the school and from our students’ homes, we were living with the dinosaurs!
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