The Kindergarten program provides each child with learning experiences that promote the total development of the child with a focus on five learning areas:
- Communication: literacy and numeracy.
- Community and environmental awareness.
- Creative and cultural expression.
- Physical skills and well-being.
- Personal and social responsibility.
Young children learn in an integrated way. These five learning areas will be addressed through integrated thematic units on topics which interest and motivate the children.
Grade One to Grade Six program offers children and parents a variety of approaches and strategies dependent on a child’s strengths or needs, curriculum expectations and teacher individuality. Balanced Literacy, a structured literacy program, is an integral component of instruction within Language Arts. The components of this program are:
- Working with words
- Shared reading
- Reading aloud
- Independent and guided reading
- Shared, guided and independent writing
All courses offered are mandated by Alberta Education. Mandated courses include Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health and French as a Second Language (for grades 4 to 6).
Click here to view curriculum summaries at each grade level.
Through the elementary music program, students will develop:
- Enjoyment of music
- Awareness and appreciation of a variety of music, including music of many cultures
- Insights into music through meaningful musical activities
- Self-expression and creativity
- Musical skills and knowledge
French - Second Language Instruction
Ekota students are provided with French as a second language at the grades 4, 5 and 6 levels. Students receive 150 minutes a week of French instruction. Students learn basic vocabulary through oral activities, games, and songs. The use of technology is often integrated in to French language learning.
At Ekota School we have an exemplary group of students, in part because of our character education program. Our students have clear expectations as to behavior, and they respond to those expectations in a way that fuels the Ekota Spirit. They learn to be:
- enthusiastic and positive
- productive citizens who can apply these character traits beyond the classroom
Positive behaviours are celebrated through awards, daily announcements, monthly assemblies and newsletters as well as through more informal means of encouragement. This fosters a positive atmosphere where all of our students can flourish and grow.