Primary

The Primary grades include Grade One, Two and Three.
Moving from Kindergarten to Grade One is an important step for both you and your child. At Niagara Catholic our teachers work together to support a smooth and seamless transition from one grade to the next.
In the Primary grades our focus continues to be on providing a Christ-centred environment that will address the spiritual, emotional, academic, social and physical needs of your child.
Our research-based program supports your child’s development in all areas of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum. Using current classroom-tested teaching strategies, your child will spend his/her school days engaged in supported learning. This support directly responds to your child’s needs, and moves him/her forward in his/her quest to become a life-long independent learner, guided by our faith.

As a student in a Catholic school, your child will also receive rich exposure to the teachings of Jesus and the values espoused by Him. Students gather together at assemblies and share in paraliturgies and school masses which further support our school-based Catholic family.

Making the Transition to Grade 1

Moving from Kindergarten to Grade One is an important step for both you and your child. Here at the Niagara Catholic District School Board our teachers work together to support a smooth and seamless transition from one grade to the next. All our schools have common elements and the teachers work together to support every child in the school. Students gather together at assemblies and share in paraliturgies and school masses which further support our school-based Catholic family.

To prepare your child for the transition from one grade to the next:

  • When you speak to your child about the change, emphasize the positive.
  • Reassure your child that all new learning will build on what they already know.
  • Continue to read to your child even if they are independent readers.
  • Encourage your child to continue their friendships with school mates.
  • Encourage your child to share his/her concerns with you.
  • If you have any concerns you are really worried about, contact the school and speak to your child’s teacher. We are always here to support you and your child.

How Parents/Guardians Can Help

To prepare your child for the transition from one grade to the next:

  • When you speak to your child about the change, emphasize the positive.
  • Reassure your child that all new learning will build on what they already know.
  • Continue to read to your child even if they are independent readers.
  • Encourage your child to continue their friendships with school mates.
  • Encourage your child to share his/her concerns with you.
  • If you have any concerns you are really worried about, contact the school and speak to your child’s teacher. We are always here to support you and your child.

The support that you, your child’s first teacher, can provide is invaluable. Research shows that positive home involvement greatly influences a child’s success in his/her learning. It is important that there be a strong home-school connection so that an open and respectful dialogue can occur. We would like to offer some further ideas that you as a parent/guardian can use at home to support your child’s developing knowledge.

The Ministry of Education has developed a program developed on research and best practices to educate your child in all areas of learning. All Ontario schools are expected to use these expectations when delivering their program.

The following websites are connected to resources that our students have in our schools:
inquizitive (Grade 3) This website allows students to explore topics from the Inquizitive series in more detail. The site is for use in the classroom and at home.
Nelson Education Mathematics K-8 (Grades 1-3) This website provides suggestions to help reinforce mathematical concepts and provide you with titles of picture books that contain mathematical concepts.

Catholic Values

As well as the Ministry Curriculum Documents that our teachers use to guide their teaching, Niagara Catholic District School Board includes the teaching of Catholic values as a key component of our program. Faith and value experiences at home are enhanced and enriched upon throughout your child’s day.

The Born of the Spirit and The Fully Alive Program series are the two resources used by all Ontario Catholic schools to support the faith development of your child.

Catholic education is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which promotes discipleship, community, the dignity of persons, and social justice. Gospel values are integrated into every aspect of the Catholic school curriculum and life of the school.

The are created and endorsed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Reconciliation – Grade Two All Niagara Catholic Grade Two students in Grade Two are invited and supported in making the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). This sacrament is made with the support of home, school, and parish family. Reconciliation is celebrated before First Holy Communion, and usually during the Advent season. The celebration of this sacrament helps us to remember Jesus’ message that we are to forgive others as Jesus forgives us. The celebration of this sacrament is supported through the use of “Born of the Spirit” resource that is used in all our schools.

First Holy Communion – Grade Two  Our Grade Two students are invited and supported in celebrating the sacrament of First Holy Communion. This sacrament continues to support and celebrate the home, school and church connection. First Holy Communion is usually celebrated after Easter Sunday and after the students have celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation. It is a wonderful time in each child’s life and a time of great joy for your family and for the school community. The celebration of this sacrament is supported through the use of “Born of the Spirit” resource that is used in all our schools.

Ministry of Education’s Curriculum