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Grade 1 to 6

In our Elementary Division, classroom environments are inviting, caring, happy and filled with enthusiastic learners and dedicated, passionate educators. 

The importance of academic excellence and developing the whole student continues in the through the Calgary French & International School’s enriched curricular and co-curricular program for students in grades 1 to 6. 

Our continuum of learning supports each student's academic and emotional transition between different grades as well as the adoption of a third language, Spanish, in Grade 4.

Core experiences: Unique ways in which CFIS students learn and develop

An important part of life for all CFIS elementary students is participation in our Elementary Division Core Experiences. These key factors set the Calgary French & International School apart as a special place to learn. 

Elementary Division Core Experiences

The Core Experiences are defined as follows:

Individualized, enriched learning including: 

  • Choice, enrichment, support, multiple types of assessment, instruction, multi-media, regular field trips, speakers and experiential learning;
  • A dynamic literacy program tailored to each child;
  • Critical thinking fostered by opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary projects; and
  • A full French immersion environment when working with specialists, in clubs, while under outdoor supervision, and in all subject disciplines other than English language arts and Spanish. 

Leadership and stewardship including: 

  • Holding a leadership role both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Participating in a community-building initiative with another grade level;
  • Participating and leading an environmental initiative; and
  • Demonstrating responsibility and ownership of their learning to their parents and family in the form of student-led conferences.

Global citizenship including: 

  • Experiencing a student partnership experience with another classroom outside of CFIS;
  • Opportunities to celebrate and recognize the cultural diversity within their classroom;
  • Participating in a presentation by the secondary students around the travel studies program at CFIS;
  • Leading and organize a philanthropic initiative  connected to their program of studies; and
  • Demonstrating their learning through UNESCO Showcase.

Whole-student development including:

  • Opportunities in music, art, Spanish and physical education that reflect continuity in programs and that are taught by specialists;
  • Being invited to participate in co-curricular activities outside the classroom;
  • Building leadership skills and participate in activities around the 7 Habits; and
  • Participating in a music/band concert.

Please learn more about our curriculum by viewing the Core Experiences document here, clicking on the drop down links below and exploring the Support section of the website that provides information additional information about services such as bussing, cafeteria and before-and-after school care. 

A responsive, enriched curriculum

In addition to fostering academic success in a French immersion environment, our eager young linguists embark on formal English studies in Grade 3 and preliminary Spanish language studies beginning in Grade 4. 

The hands-on, integrated curriculum engages students in all academic areas: French, English and Spanish language arts, math, science and social studies.  Participation in open-ended activities allows for further enrichment and offers the opportunity for every child to reach his or her potential. 

Each child’s individual needs are met in the classroom with ample access to support in any areas of challenge. Low student-to-teacher ratios support this individual attention and our team of learning strategists are available to work with parents and faculty towards building an individualized plan for success for each child. 

The development of solid organizational skills and work habits, along with research, study, reasoning, and problem-solving skills, prepares our students for secondary studies. 

Developing the whole student through cocurriculars

Academic subjects are enhanced by a diverse co-curricular program, which includes visual and performing arts, music, technology, physical education, and numerous options, teams, and clubs. Students have the option to circulate through many options throughout the year or focus their interests towards their passions. 

Habits character development and leadership program, and further study of the UNESCO pillars of learning, develops a global perspective. Students become independent learners and leaders with a developed sense of personal responsibility. 

Before and after school care

For families requiring care before and after school, the Calgary French & International School offers extended programming, available to students in preschool to Grade 6.

Programming includes outdoor play, developmentally appropriate activities, and supervised homework time for students in grades 3 to 6.

Advance registration is required, and programming is available on school days from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Before and afterschool care isn’t available on holidays or during professional development days, and the cost is not included in standard school tuition.

Please contact Malek Mehada, the school’s before- and after-school program coordinator, at mmehada@cfis.com, for further information.

Curriculum outlines

Please click on one of the drop-down headers below to view the corresponding curriculum. 

Grade 1

Academic and Core Experience Programs Overview for Grade 1

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, inline with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase 

  • Philanthropic initiatives

  • Pen-pal partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)

  • Partnership with another CFIS class

  • Ambassadors 

  • Student-Led Conferences

  • Assemblies (student participation and leadership)

Whole student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 1 - 6)

  • 7 Habits of happy kids

  • Assemblies

  • Specialists

Academic program

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 1 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The information has been divided into subject areas. Each area has been subdivided into general outcomes and structure/units.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

Technology

Technology is used in a developmentally, age appropriate manner in all classrooms. Our philosophy is that technology is integrated within all core subjects in various ways and that its purpose is to leverage learning.

French language arts

By the end of Grade 1, students will listen, speak, read and write with the goal to: 

  • Find the main idea and react appropriately to a story, speech or visual message;
  • Express his/her feelings, ideas and opinions clearly by using appropriate vocabulary and expressions;
  • Find the main idea and react to an informative text;
  • Learn about French books and appreciate a variety of French books during individual reading time;
  • Use reading strategies independently when reading; 
  • Write a text to share information, describe, or tell a story; and
  • Write correctly while keeping in mind the communication goal.

The speaking and listening process
Once the routine is established and students are comfortable in the classroom, the expectation is that students speak French at all times at school. They will have opportunities to express themselves in French in class during discussions, presentations, plays etc. Different vocabulary relevant to the subject matters studied is presented with every new unit.

Reading

Literacy is an important part of Grade 1. We begin the year with the reading program Raconte-moi les sons. We start with letter sounds and move on to syllables and words, then books. We have an individualized reading program. Your child will bring home reading at his/her level from September-June. In class, many of our activities will a focus on literacy. Your child will have a chance to discover, listen to and appreciate French literacy. Students will participate in various literacy centres, guided, modeled and silent reading, songs, stories and other activities to help him reach his/her potential in reading. 

Writing

Students begin the year writing letters using the calligraphy program “ABC Boum”. Then, they progress to writing sentences, descriptive texts and short stories. They will work on writing during centres, and they will use the wall of words and dictionary as well as brainstorms to spell words properly. Our writing program is often integrated within other subjects like science and social studies.

Mathematics

  • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
  • Develop number sense
  • Represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways
  • Use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems
  • Describe the characteristics of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, and analyze the relationships among them

Our math units are mostly explored through centres. We also integrate math into other subjects whenever the opportunity arrises. 

Term 1

  • Patterns (building their own, comparing patterns, continuing patterns) and sorting objects into different groups
  • Number sense (representing Numbers 0-20, estimating, counting by 2s, counting forward and backward)
  • Introduction to addition and subtraction

Term 2

  • Number sense (recognizing and writing numbers up to 50, counting by 5 and 10)
  • Addition and subtraction (they will understand and apply strategies for addition and subtraction facts to 18 and recall facts to 5, describe and use mental mathematic strategies)
  • 2D and 3D Shapes (where we see these shapes in our everyday lives, analyzing, replicating, comparing and sorting them)

Term 3

  • Number sense (recognizing and writing numbers up to 100, counting by 2 up to 20, 5 and 10 up to 100)
  • Measurement  (using non-conventional measurement tools to compare length, volume, weight)
  • Addition and Subtraction (problem solving)

Science

  • Bring focus to investigative activities, based on their own questions and those of others. 
  • Describe materials and objects that have been observed and manipulated, and identify what was done and found out.
  • Construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are provided.
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.
  • Identify and evaluate methods for creating colour and for applying colours to different materials.
  • Describe seasonal changes, and interpret the effects of seasonal changes on living things.
  • Construct objects and models of objects, using a variety of different materials. 
  • Identify the purpose of different components in a personally constructed object or model, and identify corresponding components in a related object or model.
  • Use the senses to make general and specific observations, and communicate observations orally and by producing captioned pictures. 
  • Describe the role of the human senses and the senses of other living things, in enabling perception and action.
  • Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things.

Our students will work on the following units through discovery and inquiry, centres and projects:

  • Colours
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Senses
  • Construction
  • Plants and animals

Social studies

  • Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting 
  • My World: Home, school, community 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how identity and self-esteem are enhanced by their sense of belonging in their world and how active members in a community contribute to the well-being, growth and vitality of their groups and communities. 
  • Moving Forward with the Past: My Family, My History and My Community 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how changes over time have affected their families and influenced how their families and communities are today.

Structure/units:
Grade 1 is an introduction to active and responsible citizenship and introduces the concept of community. The concept of historical thinking is applied to the study of community. Our UNESCO showcase allows our students to experience and celebrate many different cultures that may exist within their community. Also, our 7 Habits and Leader in Me programs also align with the social studies curriculum. Through projects, activities, field trips, books and discussions, our students will have a better understanding of how they contribute to our world as well as where they come from.

Grade-specific websites and resources

Homework

Excellent work habits along with organizational skills are key to successful learning. Assigned homework must be meaningful and appropriate to each individual student and it is assigned to reinforce a key concept that has been taught or will be taught, with the understanding that full comprehension is not expected.

Field trips/invited guest presentations

All field trips and invited guests are an addition to our academic studies and have a link with a particular program of study. 

The following trips and/or presentations will possibly occur during the school year:

  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary for science
  • Heritage Park for social studies
  • Telus Spark for science
  • Children’s Festival for social studies
  • Simon the Safety Bear for health
  • Sports Hall of Fame for social studies
  • Glenbow Museum for social studies
  • Teacher’s Pet for science
  • Calgary Zoo – Bear Necessities for science
  • Alberta Animal Rescue Crew and Society for science

 

Grade 2

Academic and core experience programs overview for Grade 2

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, inline with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase
  • Philanthropic initiatives
  • Pen-pal partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)
  • Partnership with another CFIS class
  • Ambassadors
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Assemblies (student participation, ex: mc)

Whole student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 1 - 6)
  • 7 Habits
  • Assemblies
  • Specialists

Academic overview

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 2 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The information has been divided into subject areas. Each area has been subdivided into general outcomes and structure/units.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

Technology

Technology is used in a developmentally, age appropriate manner in all classrooms. Our philosophy is that technology is integrated within all core subjects in various ways and that its purpose is to leverage learning.

French language arts

By the end of Grade 2, students will listen, speak, read, and write with the goal to:

  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
  • Comprehend and respond personally to oral, print and other media texts
  • Enhance the clarity of communication
  • Respect, support, and collaborate with others

The following activities will be utilized in order to develop the skills listed above:

The reading and writing process

  • Guided and modelled reading, silent reading, short text study, journal writing, prewriting (brainstorming, webbing), composing a first draft, revising, editing (self-editing), publishing (final draft), poetry writing, literacy centres, and writing narrative and informative pieces.

The speaking and listening process

  • Oral presentation of projects, participation in class discussions and brainstorming, journal sharing, interview and literacy centres.

The viewing and representing process

  • Films, DVDs and clips related to curriculum, CD's, participation, video presentations, posters, diagrams, and visual art.
  • Emphasis will be placed on spelling, grammar and dictionary skills in some of the above instructional strategies.

Mathematics

  • The main goals of mathematics education are to prepare students to:
  • Acquire basic math skills using manipulatives
  • Use mathematics confidently to solve problems
  • Communicate and reason mathematically
  • Appreciate and value mathematics

Structure/Units:

  • Numbers
  • Patterns and Relations
  • Shape and Space
  • Statistics

Science

Learning about science helps students to understand and interpret the world around them. The purpose of the program is to encourage and stimulate children’s learning by nurturing their sense of wonderment, by developing skill and confidence in investigating their surroundings, and by building a foundation of experience and understanding upon which later learning can be based.  

In elementary science, students develop their skills of inquiry and problem solving. In science inquiry, the focus is on asking questions, exploring materials and finding answers based on evidence.

Unit title

  • Magnetism, September
  • Hot and Cold Temperatures, December
  • Exploring Liquids, January
  • Buoyancy and Boats, February
  • Small Crawling and Flying Animals, June

Social studies

In social studies, students develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes they need to be responsible citizens and contributing members of society. Students learn to find and compare information and ideas. They learn to interact with others and develop understanding and respect for people. They learn how communities evolve and they study and compare three Canadian communities.

These goals will be accomplished through various readings, discussions and brainstorming

small group projects and oral presentations, understanding mapping skills and the development of critical and creative thinking skills.

Unit title

  • A community in the past (Calgary), October to November
  • Canada’s Dynamic Communities (Inuit, Acadian, Prairie) -  les lieux, March
  • Canada’s Dynamic Communities (Inuit, Acadian, Prairie) -  les gens, April
  • Canada’s Dynamic Communities (Inuit, Acadian, Prairie) -  le travail, May

Grade specific websites & resources

Homework

Excellent work habits along with organizational skills are key to successful learning. Assigned homework must be meaningful and appropriate to each individual student and it is assigned to reinforce a key concept that has been taught or will be taught, with the understanding that full comprehension is not expected.

Field trips/invited guest presentations

All field trips and invited guests are an addition to our academic studies and have a link with a particular program of study.

The following trips and/or presentations will possibly occur during the school year:

  • Telus Spark: Magnet Mission, Science
  • Heritage Park: Settling Our Prairie Frontier, social studies
  • Wordfest, French
  • Fort Calgary: A Prairie Community, social studies
  • Glenbow Museum: Inuit, The Land, The People, social studies
  • In-Class Presentations (Teachers Pet), science or social studies
  • Aggie Days, health, social studies and science
  • Children's Festival, French
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary: Wetland Wigglers, science
  • Beekeeper or Worm presentations, science


 

Grade 3

Academic and Core Experience Program Overview for Grade 3

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, inline with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase
  • Philanthropic initiatives
  • Partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)
  • Partnership with another CFIS class
  • Ambassadors
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Assemblies (student participation, ex: mc)

Whole student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 1 - 6)
  • 7 Habits
  • Assemblies
  • Specialists

Academic overview

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 3 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The information has been divided into subject areas. Each area has been subdivided into general outcomes and structure/units.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

Technology

Technology is used in a developmentally, age appropriate manner in all classrooms. Our philosophy is that technology is integrated within all core subjects in various ways and that its purpose is to leverage learning.

French language arts

Oral comprehension

  • Develop a stronger vocabulary
  • Transmit information they intend to communication      

Written comprehension

  • Write and plan texts in order to communicate ideas
  • Respond to texts by expressing opinions

Listening

  • Appreciate the French language and reflect via various mediums

Speaking

  • Express ideas clearly and age appropriately

Reading

  • Decode visual and print messages
  • Perfect reading via various strategies       

Emphasis will be placed on spelling, grammar and dictionary skills in some of the above instructional strategies.

Structure/Units:

Reading and writing

Guided reading, reading stories, reading comprehension, reading and writing poems, writing and reading reflections, basic grammar (conjugation, gender, number, sentence structure), pre-writing, narrative and functional writing

Speaking and listening

Oral presentations, presenting projects, theater plays, reading poems, listening and respecting opinions and ideas, reflection and justification, sharing experiences such as games, trips, celebrations, customs, emotions, etc.

 

English language arts

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:

  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences and comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts.
  • Manage ideas and information; enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
  • Respect, support and collaborate with others.

Structure/units:

The following activities will be utilized to develop the skills listed above:

  • The Reading and Writing Process: flexible reading groups, silent reading, reader’s theatre, novel study, reading comprehension, journal writing, prewriting (brainstorming, webbing), composing the first draft, revising, editing (self-editing and peer editing), publishing (final draft)
  • The Speaking and Listening Process: oral presentation, participation in dramatisation, journal sharing, poetry reading
  • The Viewing and Representing Process: films, videotapes related to curriculum, dramatisations, reading groups, reader’s theatre, novel study, posters, charts, symbols, and visual art
  • Emphasis will be placed on spelling, grammar and dictionary skills in some of the above instructional strategies as this is the first formal year of English language arts instruction.

Mathematics

  • Develop number sense
  • Patterns: Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
  • Variables and Equations: Represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways
  • Measurement: Use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems
  • 3D Objects and 2D Shapes: Describe the characteristics of 3D objects and 2D shapes, and analyze the relationships among them.
  • Transformations: Describe and analyze position and motion of objects and shapes
  • Data Analysis: Collect, display and analyze data to solve problems
  • Chance and uncertainty: Use experimental or theoretical probabilities to represent and solve problems involving uncertainty

Structure/units:

  • Numbers
  • Patterns and relations
  • Shape and space
  • Statistics and probability

Science

  • Investigate the nature of things, demonstrating purposeful action that leads to observations and inferences.
  • Identify patterns and order in objects and events studied; and, with guidance, record observations, using pictures, words and charts; and make predictions and generalizations, based on observations.
  • Investigate a practical problem, and develop a possible solution.
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of materials that comprise Earth’s crust, and demonstrate skill in classifying these materials.
  • Use, safely, a variety of tools, techniques and materials in construction activities.
  • Construct structures, using a variety of materials and designs, and compare the effectiveness of the various materials and designs for their intended purposes.
  • Evaluate the suitability of different materials and designs for their use in a building task.
  • Describe the nature of sound, and demonstrate methods for producing and controlling sound.
  • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments.
  • Identify requirements for animal care.

Structure/units:

  • Rocks and minerals
  • Building with a variety of materials
  • Testing materials and designs
  • Hearing and sound
  • Animal lifecycles

Social studies

Communities in the world

Students will demonstrate an understanding and an appreciation of how geographic, social, cultural and linguistic factors affect quality of life in the communities in India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru.

Global citizenship

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s roles and responsibilities in global citizenship in relationship to communities in India, Tunisia, Ukraine and Peru.

Structure/units:

Students will demonstrate an awareness of and interest in the beliefs, traditions and customs of groups and communities other than their own.

Students will examine social, cultural and linguistic characteristics that affect quality of life in communities in other parts of the world by examining transportation, public services, celebrations, cultural diversity and how communities make decisions.

Students will examine the geographic characteristics that shape communities in other parts of the world.

Students will examine economic factors that shape communities in other parts of the world by examining services and goods, technologies, exportations and importations.

Students will appreciate and explore elements of global citizenship by examining rights, responsibilities and roles of citizens in Canada in around the world. Students will also examine how international aid organizations provide support to communities in need and the ways in which individuals can contribute to positive change in the world.

Students will participate in projects that improve or meet the particular needs of their school or community.

Grade Specific Websites & Resources

Homework

Excellent work habits, along with organizational skills, are key to successful learning. Assigned homework must be meaningful and appropriate to each individual student and it is assigned to reinforce a key concept that has been taught or will be taught, with the understanding that full comprehension is not expected.

Field trips/invited guest presentations

All field trips and invited guests are an addition to our academic studies and have a link with a particular program of study.

The following trips and/or presentations will possibly occur during the school year:

  • Teacher’s Pet (in-class)
  • Calgary Tower
  • Calgary Zoo
  • Wordfest - Mélanie Watt
  • Calgary Food Bank
  • Weaving in Tunisia and Peru (in-class)
  • Telus Spark
  • COP Sports Hall of Fame
  • Epcor Centre

Grade 4

Academic and core experience programs overview for Grade 4

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, inline with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase
  • Philanthropic initiatives
  • Pen-pal partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)
  • Partnership with another CFIS class
  • Ambassadors
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Assemblies (student participation, ex: mc)

Whole student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 1 - 6)
  • 7 Habits
  • Assemblies
  • Specialists

Academic overview

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 4 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

French language arts

Resources

  • Grammaire en 3D, Question de textes, Educathèque, Le jardin de Vicky, Mille Merveilles, Édition à reproduire, Coup de pouce, le crayon de correction, grammar, vocabulary and spelling activities, oral and written reading and comprehension activities, Daily 5, guided reading, French clinics, introduction to French novels and games.

By the end of Grade 4, students will listen, speak, read and write with the goal to:

  • Find the main idea and react appropriately to a story or a speech
  • Express feelings, ideas and opinions clearly by using appropriate vocabulary and expressions
  • Find the main idea and react to an informative text
  • Learn about and appreciate a variety of French books during individual reading time
  • Use reading strategies independently when reading (inferences, syllables)
  • Write a story by following the narrative structure and describe the characters and their actions  
  • Write an informative text and be able to separate ideas in paragraphs
  • Understands the French conventions (punctuation, sentences types, conjugate verbs at present tense, plural/singular, masculine/feminine, use correction tools efficiently in class) and self correct
  • Enrich texts by adding adjectives, adverbs and precise vocabulary words

Structure

The following activities will be utilized to develop the skills listed above:

The speaking and listening process

  • Oral discussions and presentations
  • Expression and correction of the week
  • Daily 5 centers
  • Reading a story out loud to the group or in pairs
  • Questioning students about their understanding and their predictions/inferences

The reading process

  • Guided, modelled and silent reading
  • Explicit teaching of reading strategies when needed
  • Self-regulation with their progress
  • Discover the French literature

The writing process

  • Explicit teaching of how to write a paragraph and how to properly use a plan
  • Guided, modelled and individual writing
  • Teaching of groups in a sentence (subject/verb)
  • Explicit teaching of how to edit a text with the Crayon de correction
  • Self-editing

English language arts  

Resources

  • Owls in the Family; Empowering Writers; Benchmark; Grammaire en 3D; Question from texts; Superteacher Worksheets; Words Their Way; differentiated correction checklists; grammar, vocabulary and spelling activities; oral and written reading comprehension activities; centres; guided reading; and games.

By the end of Grade 4, students will listen, speak, read and write with the goal to:

  • Find the main idea and react appropriately to a story or a speech
  • Express feelings, ideas and opinions clearly by using appropriate vocabulary and expressions
  • Find the main idea and react to an informative text
  • Use reading strategies independently when reading (inferences, syllables)
  • Follow the plan of a text and utilize a group brainstorm
  • Write a story by following the narrative structure (including a personal narrative) and describe the characters and their actions
  • Write an informative text and be able to separate ideas in paragraphs that are presented logically
  • Understand conventions (punctuation), sentence types, regular verb conjugations, plural/singular, noun-pronoun agreement, subject-verb agreement, correction tools and self-correct
  • Enrich texts by adding adjectives, adverbs and precise vocabulary words
  • Respect, support and collaborate with others

Structure

The following activities will be utilized to develop the skills listed above:

The speaking and listening process

  • Oral discussions and presentations
  • Listening to a story or text being read
  • Reading a story out loud to the group or in pairs
  • Questioning students about their understanding and their predictions/inferences

The reading process

  • Guided, modelled and silent reading
  • Explicit teaching of reading strategies when needed
  • Self-regulation with their progress
  • Discover the joy of reading

The writing process

  • Explicit teaching of how to write a paragraph and properly use a plan
  • Guided, modelled and individual writing
  • Planning a narrative or a functional text
  • Writing a paragraph
  • Modifying sentence structure to vary length and sentence beginners correctly
  • Teaching of parts of speech and their groups in a sentence (subject/verb)
  • Explicit teaching of how to edit a text based on their abilities
  • Self-editing
  • Cliniques for spelling strategies based on their abilities

Science

Resources

  • Chenelière- Science et Technologie, Edmonton Public Schools Board Science Units, library books, audio visuals, in-class presentation, field trips.

By the end of Grade 4, students will be able to:

  • Understand the relation between lights and the shadows
  • Use a mirror or a prism to deviate the light and understand the reasoning
  • Classify the different types of light (natural or artificial) and how it can be decomposed in colors
  • Learn about waste and ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle
  • Differentiate the difference between toxic and biodegradable waste
  • Learn about simple machines, their functions and how you can change it to modify either the speed or the strength of the machine
  • Build a mechanism that move and has a specific function
  • Modify a mechanism built to make it more efficient
  • Understand the needs of a plant and observe each phase of a plant growth
  • Classify the plants and describe the dispersion mode of the seeds

In elementary science, students develop their skills of inquiry and problem solving. In science inquiry, the focus is on asking questions, exploring materials and finding answers based on evidence.

Structure

  • Lights and shadows (September-October)
  • Waste and our world (November-December)
  • Wheels and levers (January-February)
  • Building devices (March-April)
  • Plants growth and changes (May-June)
  • Problem solving and investigation (throughout the year in all units)

Social studies  

What is Alberta like and how did Alberta become what it is now?

By examining the many aspects of Alberta—such as geography, history and culture—your child will develop a stronger sense of people’s identity as Albertans and a better understanding of our province’s diversity.

Alberta: A Sense of the Land

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how elements of physical geography, climate, geology and paleontology are integral to the landscapes and environment of Alberta. Students will also discover the six physical regions of Alberta.

The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of stories, history and culture in strengthening communities and contributing to identity and a sense of belonging.

Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges

Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how Alberta has grown and changed culturally, economically and socially since 1905.

Structure

  • The Stories, Histories and Peoples of Alberta (September-November)
  • Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges (December-February)
  • Alberta: A sense of land (March-June)

Math

Resources

  • Chenelière éducation, Compas maths 4, Mathletics and other games, Inquiry-based projects, centres, manipulatives, clinics, hands-on activities.

Your child will explore the mathematics of symmetry and will use pictures and numbers to describe quantities to 10,000. They’ll use their own strategies to add and subtract numbers, they’ll apply mental mathematics to multiply 9 x 9 and do related division, and they’ll use personal strategies to multiply and divide by one-digit numbers. Your child will connect numbers and shapes to their everyday life and will explore ways to solve problems involving numbers, patterns, measurement and data collection.

  • Natural numbers up to 10,000 (represent, order, compare)
  • Addition and subtraction up to 10,000
  • Multiplication (multiply up to 2 numbers by one number, ex: 24 x 5)
  • Division (division up to 2 numbers by one number, ex: 45/ 5)
  • Fractions (understand fraction lower than one, ex: ¾)
  • Decimal numbers (up to hundredths)
  • Understand the relationship between fractions and decimal numbers
  • Understand addition and subtraction of decimal numbers
  • Read time on a clock
  • Read and write the date in different formats
  • Understand and find the area of a shape (cm2)
  • Build and describe geometric shapes
  • Understand how axial symmetry works
  • Build and understand graphs
  • Find patterns to solve problems
  • Find the unknown number in a mathematical equation

Structure

  • Number sense (all year long)
  • addition/subtraction
  • multiplication/division
  • fraction/decimal numbers
  • Measure (all year long)
  • geometry and 3D shapes
  • area
  • time
  • Data (February-March)
  • Patterns and relations (May-June)

Health

Resources

  • CFIS Code of Conduct, Alberta Health Services documents, Seven Habits and Leadership, Office National du Film du Canada, movies/clips

By the end of Grade 4, students will learn about:

  • Being able to find objectives to respect them
  • Being a good role model within a group
  • Find strategies to deal with their emotions
  • Understand how physical, mental and emotional health are interrelated
  • Nutrition
  • Security and responsibility (for themselves, for others)
  • Link their passion with a future career
  • The effect of volunteering
  • Describe physical, mental and emotional changes occurring at puberty

Structure

  • Good Role Model (September)
  • Find Objectives (October)
  • Emotions (November-December)
  • Nutrition (February-March)
  • Physical/Mental/Emotional Health (April)
  • Career and Volunteering (May)
  • Puberty (June)

Information and communication technology

By the end of Grade 4, students will learn to:

  • Access, use and communicate information from a variety of technologies
  • Critically assess information accessed through the use of a variety of technologies
  • Use technology to aid collaboration during inquiry
  • Use electronic research techniques to construct personal knowledge and meaning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of technology
  • Demonstrate a moral and ethical approach to the use of technology
  • Become discerning consumers of mass media and electronic information
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the operating skills required in a variety of technologies
  • Compose, revise and edit text
  • Communicate through multimedia

Structure

Throughout the year, students will learn about technology while content is integrated in other subjects.

 

Grade 5

Academic and core experience program overview for Grade 5

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, in line with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase
  • Philanthropic initiatives
  • Pen-pal partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)
  • Partnership with another CFIS class
  • Ambassadors
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Assemblies (student participation, ex: mc)
  • Patrol

Whole student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 5 - 6)
  • 7 Habits
  • Assemblies
  • Specialists (Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish)

Academic overview

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 5 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The information has been divided into subject areas. Each area has been subdivided into general outcomes and structure/units.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

Technology

Technology is used in a developmentally, age appropriate manner in all classrooms. Our philosophy is that technology is integrated within all core subjects in various ways and that its purpose is to leverage learning.

French language arts

Oral comprehension

  • Develop a stronger vocabulary
  • Understand and transmit the information of the intended message from various media

Written comprehension

  • Be able to plan and write texts in order to communicate ideas
  • Respond to texts by expressing opinions

Listening

  • Developing and using listening strategies to communicate and for oral and written productions
  • Appreciate the French language and reflect via various mediums

Speaking

  • Express ideas clearly and appropriately
  • Plan and deliver an oral presentation

Reading

  • Decoding both visual and print messages
  • for the purpose of extracting information
  • for imagination
  • to develop an appreciation for French language learning and the francophone cultures
  • Developing reading skills via various strategies       

Oral production, oral comprehension

  • Current events, project presentation, plays, participation in dramatizations, poetry reading, speaking at assemblies, videos, plays/skits, interviews, discussions, films, videos related to curriculum, reader’s theatre, games

Written production/Written comprehension

  • Novel studies, reader’s theatre/plays/skits, reading comprehension, journal writing, poetry, news article, letters, expository and narrative writing process (plan, draft, revising, proofreading, publishing), posters advertisements, games

Appreciation for French language learning

  • Music, plays, stories, news, radio, films, food and celebrations, dance, games, expressions

Emphasis will be placed on spelling, verb conjugation, grammar, vocabulary building, sentence structure, paragraphing skills for all of the above learning tasks. The content and organizational formats for the various types of texts and oral presentations will be emphasized as well.  

English language arts​

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:

  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
  • Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts
  • Manage ideas and information
  • Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
  • Respect, support and collaborate with others

The following activities will be utilized in order to develop the skills listed above:

Reading and writing

  • Novel studies, reader’s theatre/plays/skits, reading comprehension, journal writing, poetry, news article, letters, expository and narrative writing process (plan, draft, revising, proofreading, publishing)

Speaking and listening

  • Oral presentations, participation in dramatisation, poetry reading, speaking at assemblies, videos, plays, listening to peer presentations, interviews

The viewing and representing

  • Films, videos related to curriculum, dramatisations, reader’s theatre, novel study, posters, advertisements, presentations
  • Emphasis will be placed on spelling, grammar, vocabulary building, sentence structure, paragraphing skills for all of the above learning tasks. The content and organizational formats for the various types of texts and oral presentations will be emphasized as well.  

Mathematics

  • Develop number sense and numeracy
  • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
  • Represent algebraic expression in multiple ways
  • Use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems    
  • Describe the characteristics of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, and analyze the relationships among them                        
  • Describe and analyze position and motion of objects and shapes         
  • Collect, display and analyze data to solve problems             
  • Use experimental or theoretical probabilities to represent and solve problems involving uncertainty

Structure/units:

  • Shapes and Space
  • Patterns and Relations
  • Number Sense
  • Statistics and Probability

Science

  • Design and carry out an investigation, using procedures that provide a fair test of the question being investigated.
  • Recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement; and, with guidance, apply suitable methods to record, compile, interpret and evaluate observations and measurements.
  • Design and carry out an investigation of a practical problem, and develop a possible solution.
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.                         
  • Demonstrate safe methods for the study of magnetism and electricity, identify methods for measurement and control, and apply techniques for evaluating magnetic and electrical properties of materials.                         
  • Construct simple circuits, and apply an understanding of circuits to the construction and control of motorized devices.                         
  • Describe the properties and interactions of various household liquids and solids, and interpret their interactions.     
  • Observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of Earth’s surface.
  • Investigate relationships between weather phenomena and human activity
  • Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland ecosystem and the interactions within and among them.

Structure/units:                        

  • Electricity and magnetism                         
  • Mechanisms using electricity                                 
  • Classroom chemistry                                 
  • Weather watch                     
  • Wetland ecosystems

Social studies

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the physical geography and natural resources of Canada affect the quality of life of all Canadians. 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.

Structure/units:

  • Geography: Exploring Canada and its geographical regions
  • History: Explorers through to the Second World War
  • Development of the Canadian identity: What it means to be Canadian

Homework

Excellent work habits along with organizational skills are key to successful learning. Assigned homework must be meaningful and appropriate to each individual student and it is assigned to reinforce a key concept that has been taught or will be taught, with the understanding that full comprehension is not expected.

Field trips and invited guest presentations

All field trips and invited guests are an addition to our academic studies and have a link with a particular program of study.

The following trips and/or presentations will possibly occur during the school year:

  • CPAW
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Kamp Kindle
  • Telus Spark
  • WinSport
  • Fort Calgary
  • Guest speakers
  • Vertigo
  • Children Festival

Grade 6

Academic and core experience program overview for Grade 6

At Calgary French & International School (CFIS) each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, full French immersion, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We balance academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular activities, inline with Alberta Education’s cross-curricular competencies.

Core experiences

In addition to the strong academic program outlined below, which includes individualized learning and other aspects that are part of an enriched academic program, all CFIS elementary students will be provided with the following core experiences:

Global citizenship (student - world)

  • UNESCO showcase
  • Philanthropic initiatives
  • Pen-pal partnerships with another city, province, or country

Leadership & stewardship (student - community)

  • Student-life (podcast; Me to We projects)
  • Partnership with another CFIS class
  • Ambassadors
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Assemblies (student participation, ex: mc)

Whole Student (student - self)

  • Clubs (Grades 1 - 6)
  • 7 Habits
  • Musical theatre (dinner)
  • Band and visual arts

Academic overview

The following information provides parents with the goals and outcomes of the Grade 6 program, according to the Alberta Education Program of Studies. The information has been divided into subject areas. Each area has been subdivided into general outcomes and structure/units.

Evaluation

Formative and summative evaluations may include daily observations/exercises/assignments, written/oral responses, quizzes, tests, projects, journals, performance-based tasks, and presentations.

Technology

Technology is used in a developmentally, age appropriate manner in all classrooms. Our philosophy is that technology is integrated within all core subjects in various ways and that its purpose is to leverage learning.

French language arts​

Comprehension: Listening and reading

  • Gathering information (literal comprehension)
  • Understanding figurative language
  • Understanding cultural elements and references
  • Use of listening and reading strategies
  • Clarify, analyze and synthesize ideas

Production: Oral and writing

  • Writing and speaking to inform (functional)
  • Creative writing and speaking (narrative)
  • Precise/accurate grammar and word choices (speaking and writing)
  • Proof of prior planning and organization (speaking and writing)
  • Effective revision and editing

Structure:

  • Narrative writing (short stories, poems)
  • Functional writing (informative texts, persuasive/opinion letters)
  • Oral presentations (speeches, guided tours, assemblies, presentations)
  • Listening activities (videos, songs, presentations, radio/podcasts)
  • Reading comprehension activities (news articles, short stories, poems)
  • Interdisciplinary projects

English Language Arts​

  • Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to
  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences
  • Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts
  • Manage ideas and information
  • Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
  • Respect, support and collaborate with others

Structure:

  • Narrative writing (short stories, poems)
  • Functional writing (newspaper articles, persuasive/opinion letters)
  • Oral presentations (speeches, guided tours, assemblies, presentations)
  • Listening activities (videos, songs, presentations, radio/podcasts)
  • Reading comprehension activities (news articles, short stories, poems, novels)
  • Interdisciplinary Projects (Soc.Studies, Science)

Mathematics

Numbers

  • Develop number sense.

Patterns and relations

  • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems.
  • Represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways.

Shape and space  

  • Use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems.
  • Describe the characteristics of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, and analyze the relationships among them.
  • Describe and analyze position and motion of objects and shapes. STATISTICS AND Probability
  • Collect, display and analyze data to solve problems.
  • Use experimental or theoretical probabilities to represent and solve problems involving uncertainty.

Structure/units:

  • Transformations, similarity and equality
  • Patterns and Algebra (using variables)
  • Thinking beyond units: Decimals, percents, fractions and ratios
  • Measuring angles, lengths and area (proportional logic and geometry)
  • Using data and statistics (proportions and chance)

Science

1. Design and carry out an investigation in which variables are identified and controlled, and that provides a fair test of the question being investigated.

2. Recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement; and apply suitable methods to record, compile, interpret and evaluate observations and measurements.

3. Design and carry out an investigation of a practical problem, and develop a possible solution.

4. Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

5. Describe properties of air and the interactions of air with objects in flight.

6. Construct devices that move through air, and identify adaptations for controlling flight.

7.  Observe, describe and interpret the movement of objects in the sky; and identify pattern and order in these movements.

8. Apply observation and inference skills to recognize and interpret patterns and to distinguish a specific pattern from a group of similar patterns.

9. Apply knowledge of the properties and interactions of materials to the investigation and identification of a material sample.

10. Describe characteristics of trees and the interaction of trees with other living things in the local environment.

Structure/units:

  • Trees and forests
  • Sky science
  • Evidence and investigation
  • Air and aerodynamics
  • Flight

Social studies

General outcomes:

  • Democracy: Action and participation
  • Citizens participating in decision making
  • Historical models of democracy: Ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy

Structure/units:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic relationship between governments and citizens as they engage in the democratic process.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the democratic principles exemplified by ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy.
  • Local and current affairs: To allow opportunities for students to engage in current affairs, issues and concerns of a local nature, the program of studies provides the flexibility to include these topics within the time allotted for social studies.

Grade Specific Websites & Resources

Resources will be shared on an ongoing basis using the Google Classroom platform. General resources (static) will be shared on the “about” pages, whereas current events and lesson specific content will be shared in the “Stream” for the relevant course.

Homework

Excellent work habits along with organizational skills are key to successful learning. Assigned homework must be meaningful and appropriate to each individual student and it is assigned to reinforce a key concept that has been taught or will be taught, with the understanding that full comprehension is not expected.

Field trips/invited guest presentations

All field trips and invited guests are an addition to our academic studies and have a link with a particular program of study.

  • Tree Tales (Fish Creek Park)
  • Science Centre and Rothney Observatory
  • Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation
  • Forensic Investigations (Presentation)
  • Talk to your representative (MLA or MP)
  • Outdoor School (Camp Kindle)
  • Iroquois Confederacy
  • Wordfest Author/Artist Visit