MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

#### OVERVIEW

Grade 7 children learn about many different topics. They work on thinking skills to interpret, compare, combine and choose ideas and communicate about what they are learning in more sophisticated ways. They also learn to apply study skills. The required subject areas are: Arts Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education/Health Education, Science, and Social Studies. Your child will have the chance to learn in many different ways - by themselves, with teachers and with other children.

#### ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Grade 7 children express themselves creatively and acquire and improve skills and language in one or more of the arts. They answer the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” about the arts. They think about the roles, the purposes, the meanings, the influence and impact of the arts in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.

#### ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Grade 7 children use language to listen, speak, view, read, write and represent. They discuss their thoughts with others and use many strategies to help them understand what they read, hear and watch. They experience a variety of reading material, such as journals, letters and novels. Grade 7 children think about their language learning; they identify what they do well and where they need to improve, and then take the steps to work on those areas.

#### FRENCH

Grade 7 children continue to develop their listening and speaking skills in French and to increase their French vocabulary. They participate with ease in conversations with their teacher and others when French is spoken slowly and clearly. They learn to understand and to talk about the details of what they read. Children also learn to read and to write about the themes and topics they talk about with the teacher’s help.

#### MATHEMATICS

Grade 7 students add and subtract fractions and integers. They use objects, pictures, numbers and variables to solve equations. They describe number patterns using tables, graphs, expressions, equations and words. They also learn about circles, line segments and angles and solve problems involving area. Students experiment with slides, rotations and reflections of shapes, and express these movements with mathematics. As in previous grades, students continue to connect numbers and shapes to their everyday lives.

#### PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION

Grade 7 children learn about how exercises affect muscle development. They participate in various physical activities and learn to understand rules, codes of behaviour, skills and techniques. They develop an understanding of dangerous situations at school, in the home and on the Internet and learn ways to find help. Other areas of focus in Grade 7 include making healthy decisions about relationships, substance use or abuse, and responsible sexual behavior.

#### SCIENCE

Grade 7 children investigate how organisms interact with their environment and how human activities affect natural ecosystems. They explore the nature of science by examining how scientific theories develop and are changed as new evidence is made available. Learning about different natural and human-built structures and the forces that act on them are explored in Grade 7, providing a closer look at the designed and constructed world. Students also learn about the Earth’s geology. This includes investigating and examining the evidence for the theory of Plate Tectonics which guides their understanding of how rocks and minerals are formed and how humans explore for and use geological resources.

#### SOCIAL STUDIES

People and Places in the World

Grade 7 students study world geography and learn about environmental, social, and cultural factors that affect ways of life in today’s world. They study three communities: an Indigenous community outside of Canada; a community in Africa, Asia, or Australasia; and, one community from Europe or the Americas. Students focus on questions about culture, quality of life, international co-operation, and the responsibilities and rights of global citizenship.