Junior School (Grades 1-6)

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What is a Reggio-inspired Junior School?

We often hear people say: “I have seen Reggio-inspired environments for very young children but we’ve never seen it applied in grade schools. We love it!” This comment doesn’t surprise us because there isn’t another school in Ontario that integrates Reggio design principles across all grade levels.

Why did we do it? Because the principles are equally as important and impactful for older children as they are for younger children. We wanted to create the very best conditions for learning. And we know you want that for your children, too.

In our Junior School the environment is clean, open, and inviting. Classrooms have soaring windows and are filled with natural light. Instead of desks in rows, there are work tables for collaborative learning, cozy spaces for reading and reflection, and sofas and comfy chairs grouped together for conversation. Children in the Junior School have a home room and travel as a group to the specialist subjects of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education, and French.

Children from Grades 1 to 6 utilize the amazing facilities of our entire school, including our piazza (an open public space used for community gatherings), science lab, maker space, yoga and meditation room, full gymnasium, and kitchen. Junior students also enjoy our outdoor play spaces and nature walks on the Saigeon Valley trail, located directly behind our school.

Junior School class size capped at 20.

If you have any questions call (905)-224-5600

What is the Junior School Curriculum?

Richland Academy is an inquiry-based learning school with a strong academic program. In Grades 1 to 6 teachers implement the Ontario provincial curriculum, enhanced by an inquiry-based learning classroom approach, and the International Baccalaureate framework. Subjects include Language Arts, French, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual Art, Performing Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

Our curriculum is enhanced by our respect for nature. We purposefully schedule a nature walk for each grade, each week. This weekly exploration allows children to make observations, sketch what they see, generate thought-provoking questions for further study, and develop socialization skills. Outdoor experiences also enhance their mental health and well-being and provide the needed physical movement that is crucial to brain development and learning.

From Grades 1 to 6 student learning is organized under six broad themes of the International Baccalaurete framework. These six themes are Who We Are, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, Sharing the Planet, How we Organize Ourselves, and Where we are in Place and Time. The IB framework develops the intellectual, personal, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive in a rapidly globalizing and changing world.

We report on your child’s progress in November, February, and June.

Curricular and co-curricular activities specially geared to learners from Grades 1-6.

If you have any questions call (905)-224-5600

What do Reggio-inspired, inquiry-based learning classroom experiences look like in Grades 1-6?

In Grades 1 to 6, inquiry-based learning is organized around: Wondering and Questioning, Investigating and Exploring, Making Sense, and Reflecting and Sharing. As you can see in this graphic, this inquiry process is circular in nature, not linear, and involves ongoing assessment, communication and collaboration throughout the learning.