Term Outlines

Music

For all grades, the students will be learning choral music in class and in choir for various performances throughout both terms.  Choir is mandatory for students in grades one to five.  The Boys’ Choir is available for students in grades four to eight – all are welcome.  Students in grades four to eight are welcome to audition for the Highlander Choir.

Music rudiments will be accumulative across all grades.  The skill set for each grade will be built upon the previous grades.  There will be note reading and rhythmic drills appropriate for each grade given on a regular basis throughout both terms.

Grade 1

Term I

  • identifying and describing the sounds in their environment
  • understanding the difference between steady and unsteady beats
  • introduction of rhythm and stress the fact that it is different from beats
  • differentiating between volume and pitch
  • comparing pitches (determine relative high and low pitches)
  • creating melodies and rhythmic passages
  • choral warm-ups including solfeggio
  • introduction of and identifying meter
  • reading and performing rhythmic passages

Term II

  • reading the notes of the treble clef
  • locating specific measures
  • introduction of the instrumental families (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion)
  • exploration of instruments around the world
  • learning about Tchaikovsky and his music
  • exploring songs throughout Canada

Grade 2

Term I

  • reading and performing basic rhythmic passages
  • identifying notes of the treble clef
  • locating specific measures of a musical score
  • identifying and classifying musical instruments

Term II

  • learning about the life and music of the following composers:  Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven
  • exploring music from different parts of the world:  Orient, India, Middle East, and Africa
  • students will examine and interpret how music is used in different media (movies, theatre, television, advertising, etc.)

Grade 3

Term I

  • reading, writing, and performing basic rhythmic passages
  • reading and writing notes of the treble clef
  • reading and performing unison and two-part choral scores

Term II

  • instrumental program begins
  • performing in unison (technical exercises)
  • performing as an ensemble with different parts
  • analysis of how instruments are used to convey emotion and/or imagery – Peter and the Wolf

Grade 4

Term I

  • fundamental rudiments
  • reading scores with repeat signs including del segno, da capo, fine and coda
  • reading and performing multi-part choral scores
  • rudimentary instrumental music

Term II

  • instrumental music continues
  • understanding the science behind musical instruments
  • constructing musical instruments
  • studying influential Canadian musicians

Grade 5

Term I

  • reading and writing ledger lines
  • reading and performing SA and SAB scores
  • analyzing scores for form – AABA, ABA, ABAC, etc.
  • exploring the origins of music
  • instrumental music

Term II

  • instrumental music continues
  • understanding tones, semitones, and whole tones
  • melodic and harmonic intervals
  • reading and writing major scales
  • exploring the origins of and comparing different genres of music

Grade 6

Term I

  • review of tones, semitones, and whole tones
  • musical terms referring to tempo and dynamics
  • writing major scales using accidentals and key signatures
  • identifying and writing major triads
  • instrumental music

Term II

  • instrumental music continues
  • miscellaneous musical terms
  • introduction to minor keys and how they are related to major keys
  • writing and performing percussion ensemble

Grade 7

Term I

  • review key signatures (up to four sharps and flats)
  • identifying the quality and size of intervals
  • major and minor triads
  • instrumental music

Term II

  • instrumental music continues
  • transposing musical scores
  • completing measures with rests based on given time signatures
  • score analysis
  • Students will look at how music has influenced culture and vice versa.  They will also study how it is used in media.

Grade 8

Term I

  • Students will study the development of Western music starting from the Medieval to 20th Century.  For each era, students will learn about the social and technological developments that influenced art and music.  They will also study representative composers for each era.
  • Students will study and compare two composers from two different eras.  They will then present their projects to the class.
  • Instrumental music

Term II

  • instrumental music will continue
  • students will create a multi-media presentation including a musical score
  • students will compose and/or arrange their own music

Computers

Grade 3

Term I

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Computer Lab Procedures

  • navigating safely on the internet
  • keyboarding skills (this will continue throughout the entire year)
  • securing passwords
  • logging into various accounts including personal folders on our local network

Unit 2:  Microsoft Office (part 1)

  • opening and saving documents
  • typing stories and then applying fundamental editing Word
  • embedding pictures into Word documents
  • creating documents using Publisher

Term II

Unit 3:  Microsoft Office (part II)

  • creating presentations using Power Point
  • using templates and modifying formats in Word

Unit 4:  Introduction to Computer Coding

  • students will use block coding
  • simple commands using Turtle

Grade 5

Term I

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Computer Lab Procedures

  • navigating safely on the internet
  • keyboarding skills (this will continue throughout the entire year)
  • securing passwords
  • logging into various accounts including personal folders on our local network

Unit 2:  Microsoft Office (part 1)

  • creating tables and embedding graphics in Word
  • creating and presenting presentations using Power Point and a remote presentation tool

Term II

Unit 3:  Microsoft Office (part II)

  • introduction to Excel
  • setting up and manipulating tables
  • applying simple formulas
  • applying appropriate graphs for given data

Unit 4:  Introduction to Computer Programming

  • introduce the concept of algorithm
  • writing a pseudo code
  • creating fundamental shapes using Turtle
  • introduction to Python Language

Grade 6

Term I

Unit 1:  Internet Safety

  • navigating safely on the internet
  • determining the validity of websites
  • securing passwords
  • logging into various accounts including personal folders on our local network

Unit 2:  Microsoft Office (part I)

  • intermediate level formatting and editing in Word
  • creating hyperlinks within a Word document
  • applying advanced techniques (e.g., narration and automated kiosk) in Power Point

Term II

Unit 3:  Microsoft Office (part II)

  • creating reference cells in Excel
  • sorting tables
  • introduction of operators
  • applying global formulas
  • creating and analyzing graphs

Unit 4:  Computer Programming

  • review of Python language fundamentals
  • using the input, if and loop functions

Grade 7

Term I

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Etiquette

  • navigating safely on the internet
  • determining the validity of websites
  • securing passwords
  • logging into various accounts including personal folders on local and online networks
  • responsible use of personal email and devices

Unit 2:  Microsoft Office

  • exporting and merging elements between Office programs
  • using Excel for data analysis

Term II

Unit 3:  Website Design

  • students will study trends in website design
  • using online editors, the students will create their own websites

Unit 4:  Computer Programming

  • using Turtle, students will create geometric designs based on mathematical equations
  • students will write programs using Python that will incorporate decision making based on user's input

Grade 8

Term I

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Etiquette Review

  • navigating safely on the internet
  • determining the validity of websites
  • securing passwords
  • logging into various accounts including personal folders on local and online networks
  • responsible use of personal email and devices

Unit 2:  Microsoft Office

  • integrating different functions within the Office Suite to create robust documents
  • advanced programming within Excel

Term II

Unit 3:  Computer Programming

  • students will practice writing and debugging simple codes
  • students will design and code various applications including a culminating project (Math Quiz)

Unit 4:  Digital Photography and Videography

  • understanding how pictures are "digitized"
  • fundamental techniques of photography (balance between subject, foreground, and background)
  • use of natural and artificial lighting (including flash)
  • using digital editors and green screen

Grade Eight Science

Term I

Unit 1:  Systems in Action 

In this unit, the students will learn about systems by answering questions such as:  What is a system?  What types of systems are there?  How do people create systems, and how do they use them?  How do systems affect society and the environment?  The following major concepts will be studied in this unit: 

  • Systems are designed to accomplish tasks. 
  • All systems include an input and an output. 
  • Systems are designed to optimize human natural resources. 

 

Unit 2:  Cells 

The world contains many different types of living things, such as plants and animals.  What are the needs of living things?  Do all living things meet their needs in the same way?  What do living things have in common?  Students will be able to answer these questions by the end of this unit.  They will explore living things through a microscope, and they will learn about how they meet some of their basic needs.  Students will explore the positive and negative impacts living things can have on society, including some common diseases that disrupt the functions of organ systems.  By the end of the unit, students will learn how technological advances have improved our understanding of living things.  The major concepts covered in this unit are: 

  • Cells are the basis of life. 
  • Cells organize into tissues, tissues into organs, organs into organ systems, and organ systems into organisms. 
  • Healthy cells contribute to healthy organisms. 
  • Systems are interdependent.

 

Term II

Unit 3:  Fluids 

Water and air are fluids – materials that can flow from one place to another – but are they the only kinds of fluids?  What properties do fluids possess?  How can we put fluids to work?  What is the link between fluids in nature and fluids in human-made systems? Students will explore these questions along with:  theaffect of fluids on society and the environment.  There will also be discussions on the responsible and wise use of Earth’s fluids. The major concepts in this unit are: 

  • Fluids are an important component of many systems. 
  • Fluids have different properties that determine how they can be used. 

  • Fluids are essential to life. 

 

Unit 4: Water Systems 

More than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, and most of this water is found in the oceans.  In learning about the earth’s water systems, students will develop an understanding of the important role that water systems play ion global ecosystems.  They will evaluate the role media play in portraying controversial water issues and research recent technological innovations related to Earth’s water systems.  Students will gain a basic understanding of Earth’s water systems and come to a better understanding of their own role in caring for this precious resource. The major concepts in this unit are: 

  • Water is crucial to life on Earth. 
  • Water systems influence climate and weather patterns. 
  • Water is an important resource that needs to be managed sustainably.