Grade 7 Curriculum

Grade seven students move steadily into early adolescence and two basic characteristics accompany this developmental stage: a strong desire for knowledge about the world and a budding capacity for self-reflection. Grade seven students feel a yearning for independence and creative exploration while at the same time wrestling with a certain anxiety and emotional vulnerability. The teacher nurtures their growing capacity for independent critical thought, particularly in the science and mathematics. The humanities encourage them to creatively express a wide range of human emotion. They are given biographies of striving individuals who have made an impression on the world and taken responsibility for their actions.

Language Arts

  • Recitation and drama of increased length and complexity; romantic poetry and lyrical ballads
  • students develop capacity to recite alone, and to give a short talk on a prepared topic, using short notes only as a prompt
  • Grammar study continues; review, practice, use and expansion of previous ideas; may introduce tools of simile, metaphor, personification, image, analogy, proverb, aphorism and euphemism
  • Students develop note-taking skills following daily review of main lesson material
  • Expositional writing and a study of compound and complex sentences
  • Express their thoughts and feelings in creative writing; experiment with styles
  • Readers are selected to broaden the students’ horizons regarding other peoples and cultures
  • Class play based on a late Medieval or Renaissance theme or literary work that was studied
  • Book reports take written, oral and artistic forms
  • On-going language and grammar work permeates daily activities
  • Language arts skills are studied in a weekly track class
  • Writing may include personal diary, description evoking a specific mood, a formal letter, an adventure story and a short poem; may begin working on essay writing on a theme discussion
  • Books are used for novel study, reading aloud, comprehension, independent reading, reference and book reports

Math

  • Continuing practice in mental math
  • Review four rules in natural and positive rational numbers
  • Introduction to negative integers
  • Four processes and rules with negative numbers
  • Continue with order of operations; working with brackets
  • Recurring decimals; deriving Pi; understanding and comparing of decimal places and significant figures
  • Compound interest and more business math
  • Simple statistical data rendered in graphical form and deductions there-from
  • Line, bar, circle and picture graphs, including mean, median and mode
  • Continue percentage; including % of a #, % of one number to another, % increase and decrease.
  • Simple equations using brackets, fractions and negative #’s
  • Golden rule; practical applications to solving problems
  • Powers and roots of numbers; exact evaluation of square roots
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Geometry including: further calculation of area of geometrical shapes through construction, area of circle, deriving and using Pi by cutting circle into pieces, Pythagoras: theorem; area proof, division of circle into 5, golden section/rectangle and spiral, perspective drawing, theorems of congruent triangles, properties of parallel and intersecting lines

Science

In Grade 7 the study of physics builds upon the complexity of those phenomena studied in Grade 6-acoustics, optics, thermal physics and electricity and now also includes the study of mechanics. In mechanics, the mathematical formula is developed that can be used to predict how to bring mechanical forces into equilibrium through work with levers.

In chemistry, combustion, the lime cycle and acids and bases are studied. The block pivots around the lime cycle with the building of a lime kiln, where possible, and the burning of lime. This kind of hands-on experience continues to be an essential part of all our programs.

The study of physiology is introduced in Grade 7. The students learn about nutrition, the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, with an emphasis on care of the skin, the lungs and diet.

History

Students study European history from the late Middle Ages through to the Renaissance and the Reformation.  Many important biographies are told from many different spheres of life.  Such as: science – Copernicus, Galileo, explorers – Columbus, Magellan, artists – Da Vinci, Michelangelo, religion – Martin Luther.  The Northern Renaissance with an emphasis on Henry the Eighth and Elizabethan England is also studied.

Geography

The students now study the vast continent of Africa which begins with the physical layout of mountains, rivers, plains, deserts etc. and then proceed to the economic and political boundaries.  The ever-changing political boundaries requires frequently updated maps.  The students also study the diversity and richness of African culture.

French

With the importance of French in Canada as one of its official languages and the wish to prepare students for high school and mandatory French in Grade 9, We work with texts, grammar and vocabulary in a more structured way through a French textbook and the accompanying exercise book. This provides a wide range of exercises which support individualized practice, allows students to learn how to work with a textbook (a skill they will need in high school), and gives them a tangible sense of achievement, something that can’t be underestimated in the early adolescent years. The material of the textbook is complemented, in various degrees, with examples from literature, poetry, history and geography from the ‘Francophonie’.

In addition to guided and structured work we aim to develop in students the confidence and skill to write their own texts, to make little presentations in French. Text comprehension is practiced on increasingly more complex texts and students learn how to use the resource material that has been developed in class, or is available through their textbook.

Music

In Grade 7, the students are introduced to the tenor and bass recorders. These instruments are used during ensemble work where they now begin playing in four parts. The students read more complex notation in both singing and instrumental work.  In senior choir, the students continue to develop singing competence, working in unison, two-part, and four-part harmony with an emphasis on listening, blending, dynamics and variations in tempo.

Movement

In Grades 6, 7, and 8 the students are exposed to as many forms of movement as possible. The lesson begins with running or skipping for cardiovascular stamina and muscle strength. Spatial dynamics exercises are continued for coordination, flexibility and grace. Ball work becomes specialized and techniques improve with annual repetition. The complexity of rules increases with the developing students each year. In addition, team work is nurtured; the Grade 7 and 8 classes come together to compete in an annual Basketball Tournament. Grade 7s and 8s are challenged with swimming and spring board diving during the Spring term. Activities that work against the effect of gravity such as these allow for the development of courage and achievement.

Practical Arts:  Handwork

Wet and dry felting; work from formless (light, fluffy wool fleece) and gradually create form with felting needles and soap felting; express creativity and explore colour.

Practical Arts:  Woodworking

Carved bowl; substantial challenge in terms of level of difficulty and amount of time required to hand carve a bowl; requires commitment and perseverance as well as keen observation and problem solving skills; often students learn to deal with surprises and disappointment; develops appreciation for the hand crafts and everyday practical objects.

Visual Arts

  • Wet –on-wet painting for history, geography, Industrial Revolution and seasonal paintings
  • Coloured chalk pastels for Renaissance reproductions, physics and astronomy
  • Coloured pencil crayons (perspective drawing, main lesson books, history and geography)
  • Geometric string cards (math, geometry, measurement)

Class Trips

Some freedom in grade 7 for major trips; some teachers take the students on a week-long trip to Ottawa and Quebec City; others might choose a dog sled trip to Algonquin in the winter and a spring trip to Quebec City. There can be many day trips to correspond to the curriculum as well as a trip to Stratford to see a Shakespeare play. 

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Grade seven includes learning complicated circus acts and the class performed beautifully at our Parent Festival.

Our grade seven students made this rainbow of acids and bases with red cabbage juice.

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