Over the course of this school year, students in Grade 7 Science will tackle five areas of study. In our first unit, Interactions and Ecosystems, students gained awareness of ecosystem components and interactions, as well as natural cycles and processes of change. Through their study, students have become aware of the consequences of human activity, and have recognized the need for responsible decision-making and action. In our second unit, Plants for Food and Fibre, students have looked at the technologies that have been developed for selecting and breeding productive plant varieties and for maximizing their growth. We have also explored human practices with regards to planting and farming, and have examined the impacts of these practices on the larger environment. Moving forward, students will learn more about the production, transfer and transformation of heat energy in our Heat and Temperature unit; the properties of materials in natural and human-constructed environments, and different types of loads and forces in our Structures and Forces unit; and the rock cycle, plate tectonics, and fossil formation, among other areas, in our Planet Earth unit.
Italian Language and Culture 7
In our Grade 7 Italian Language and Culture classroom, students have been using the Volare 1 textbook in order to explore Programma 1 and 2. In Programma 1, ‘Amici del cuore,’ students learned how to greet others, introduce themselves, and describe their personality. In Programma 2, ‘Saluti dall’estero,’ students are learning about different countries, nationalities, and languages across the globe. Moving forward, students will learn more about schools in Italy, classroom objects, and classroom commands in Programma 3, ‘La scuola nuovo millennio.’ In all of our units, students will have the chance to express themselves orally, through their writing, and through visual assignments.
Social Studies 8
This year, the Grade 8 Social Studies program is divided into three General Outcomes: Renaissance Europe, Japan, and The Spanish and the Aztecs. In our Renaissance Europe case study, students developed an understanding and appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world. As we begin our Japan case study, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which beliefs, values and knowledge shape worldviews and contribute to a society’s isolation or adaptation. Later in the year, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of how intercultural contact affects the worldviews of societies when we explore the Spanish and the Aztec case study. Throughout the course of the year, students will reflect on their own worldviews and assess the influence that the past has had on the present.
During the course of the year, the Grade 7 Religion program follows the scriptural themes of Creation, Revelation, Covenant and Redemption in Christ. Using our ‘Believe in Me’ textbook, students will explore ten units that touch on varying themes, such as belonging, trust, freedom, risks, and sacrifice. Through readings in the text and in the Bible, personal reflection, discussion, and journaling, students will discover how they can use Jesus and his message as a guide and inspiration for our Christian lifestyle. With parental consent, instruction in Human Sexuality will occur in June.