Grade 7


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Diploma Requirements

English
This course covers the following four areas of study: language, writing, literature and oral communication. Language study involves vocabulary development and the teaching of formal grammar. Within the writing area, students will communicate ideas and information for a variety of purposes, using forms appropriate for their purpose and topic – such as short stories, research compositions, speeches and proposals. In literature, students will read and/or analyze a variety of age appropriate creative work (e.g. novels, short stories, poetry, plays, films). As well each student will be responsible for selecting and reading those novels that will be discussed through in-class book reports. Finally, within the oral communication domain, students will generate ideas for their own speeches before writing, editing and delivering these in a class setting – with the aim of participating in the school’s public speaking competition.

Mathematics
This course covers Mathematical knowledge and skills in detail. The following are highlights of areas the student will be expected to learn in Grade 7: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra and Data Management and Probability.

French
In Grade 7, students listen to and talk about short, oral texts in structured and open-ended situations. They read a variety of classroom and simple authentic materials and communicate information in writing for different purposes. Students identify and use the vocabulary and grammar and language conventions appropriate for this grade level in oral communication and in reading and writing.

Science
This course includes topics from all scientific disciplines: biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, and design and technology. These are taught through the four strands of the Ministry curriculum: Interactions in the Environment; Form and Function; Pure Substances and Mixtures; and Heat in the Environment. The scientific method, scientific literacy, and research skills are stressed throughout the course.

Geography
In order to develop a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills required in geography, students in Grade 7 are introduced to the concepts and methods of geographic inquiry. The curriculum also focuses on physical patterns and how they affect human activity. Students recognize patterns as an essential concept in geography. As well, students examine the various ways resources are used and the environmental implications of their use. Students demonstrate an understanding of the impact technology has on natural resources. As well the study of geography focuses on patterns in human geography, economic systems, and migration. Students explain population distribution and characteristics, and investigate how human activities are affected by these patterns. They examine economic systems and the relationship between Canada and the global community, as well as the major types of migration and factors affecting human mobility.

Study Skills
This course is designed to provide students entering high school with the tools necessary to be successful students. It will include the teaching of organizational skills, proper use of textbook, study skills, note taking skills, research skills, and the mechanics of writing.

Visual Arts
The Grade 7 art program is history-based, stressing the viewing and discussion of important works. Studio projects are based on the periods studied and highlight important styles and artists from the Prehistoric to Modern art periods. Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of media. They develop projects using their understanding of the elements of design.

Instrumental Music
This program aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of music through playing an instrument in band class. Reading and writing of music and examining the historical context of the music played, help students understand cultural connections.

Physical and Health Education
In physical education, students participate on a regular basis in physical activities that maintain or improve physical fitness. They combine a variety of movements in various games and activities and apply the principles of movement while refining skills. Students relate healthy living to body image and self-esteem. They discuss age-appropriate matters related to sexuality, harassment, personal safety, and peer pressure related to substance use and abuse.

Information Technology
This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout this course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology.