The Junior Division includes Grades Four, Five and Six.
The Junior learner arrives in this division from various starting points in their learning. They bring to the classroom a wide range of abilities, needs, experiences, cultures and values, which may influence how they learn. At this stage a Junior learner experiences significant changes, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
At Niagara Catholic, our goal is to affirm all the distinctive personal and cultural identities and celebrate the special gifts of each student.
Curriculum expectations for the Junior Learner are guided by the Ontario Ministry of Education documents and subsequent Literacy for Learning – The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy in Grades 4 to 6 in Ontario and A Guide to Effective Literacy Instruction Vols. 1, 2, 3 Grades 4 to 6. These foundation documents are fundamental to supporting teaching practices and student achievement. Parents can view these documents on line and as well as many other valuable resources and are encouraged visit the Links for Parents on the Ministry’s web pages.
Initiatives to Enhance Learning
In addition to the excellent programs offered at Niagara Catholic, students have the opportunity to participate in activities and initiatives that enhance their learning.
Heritage Fairs Program
The Heritage Fairs Program is an educational initiative that provides an opportunity for students in elementary (starting in the Junior division) to explore any aspect of Canadian Heritage and History in a dynamic and captivating learning environment. Each spring, volunteer committees involving educators, local businesses, museums, heritage groups and community associations organize the Niagara Catholic Regional Heritage Fair at Brock University. Winners proceed to the Provincial Fair.
Junior Literacy Day
To celebrate Annual Family Literacy Day, Niagara Catholic hosts Junior Literacy Day at Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School. The event brings together Junior students from each Catholic elementary school, parents, guardians and school staff. The day includes literacy centres that engage guests in word study, French language, mathematical literacy and physical literacy activities. Junior Literacy Day also includes two events that run simultaneously – a Scrabble Tournament and a Spelling Bee and Word Challenge Competition. Junior Literacy Day is an opportunity for students in Grades 4 to 6 across all of our Niagara Catholic elementary schools to expand their literacy skills and showcase their gifts and talents in literacy-based competitions.
All the budding scientists at Niagara Catholic are challenged to participate in the Board sponsored school Science Fairs. Through topic selection and inquiry, students are encouraged to research areas of interest relating to the field of Science. Junior and Intermediate learners are provided with guidance in their classrooms and independent studies. Students present their projects at school fairs with winners moving on to the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair.