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In Newfoundland and Labrador, students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are enrolled in the Province’s elementary schools.

The elementary curriculum is a differentiated curriculum with a prescribed content.

Elementary school children have wide interests, are eager for information, and enjoy acquiring skills. They need a broad curriculum. The concepts, values, and skills of the curriculum for English language arts, enterprise education, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, physical education, French, health, and religious education are within the grasp of most children of nine, ten, and eleven years of age. It is at this stage, middle childhood, that children acquire a strong foundation in basic school subjects.

During the elementary years, children begin their initiation into the world of adult reasoning, concepts, communication, and symbolism; they start to master tasks requiring purpose and endeavour.

The elementary school should provide a stimulating and challenging environment for students. Processes and procedures that make it possible for new interests to appear and new purposes to emerge must be used in the classroom. Grouping practices, the functional management of furniture, independent work activities, resource-based learning that emphasizes the child as a thinking, doing, and feeling learner are essential to elementary education. There is a close correlation between parents’ and teachers’ expectations and students’ self concepts, level of achievement, and  behaviour. Teachers and parents should have high expectations for elementary school children and provide them with lots of encouragement and reinforcement.

For further information got to  Department of Education Website or

cut and past in address box  http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/sp/pos/2007-08/6-elementary.pdf


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