Our Curriculum
Our Curriculum

_______________________________ 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.

IB Primary Years Program
IB Primary Years Program

_______________________________ 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.

Inquiry Based Projects
Inquiry Based Projects

_______________________________ 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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International Baccalaureate (IB)

- Primary Years Program -

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.

Subject Areas

  1. Language
  2. Social studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Arts
  5. Science
  6. Personal, social & physical education


Essential Elements

  1. Concepts
  2. Knowledge
  3. Skills
  4. Attitudes
  5. Action



Trans-disciplinary Themes

  1. Who we are
  2. Where we are in place and time
  3. How we express ourselves
  4. How the world works
  5. How we organize ourselves
  6. Sharing the planet


- IB Projects -

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.


Dinosaurs Project


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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