Grade 8 Program

Grade 8 Program * Grade 9 Program * Graduation Requirements (Grade 10-12 Program)
Math (10-12) * Sciences (10-12) * English (10-12) * Social Studies (10-12)
Physical Health Education (10-12) * Languages (10-12)
Electives (10-12: Arts Education/Applied Design, Skills & Technologies)

The SRT Grade 8 Program is designed to better meet the academic, social and emotional needs of adolescents transitioning from elementary to secondary school. Students’ core curriculum will be taught by a team of 2-4 teachers (English, Socials, Science, and Math). The courses will run over the whole year. PE/French will be on a day 1/day 2 system. In our EnCore courses (Explorations) students will be combined with students from other teams and will be on a rotating basis.

English 8/Social Studies 8

English 8 introduces various reading and comprehension strategies, a self-directed reading program, experimentation with and knowledge of various types of communication, the development of conventional language skills, and exposure to a variety of literary genres, such as drama, short story, novel and poetry. Social Studies 8 surveys world civilizations with a focus on Europe from 700 CE to 1750. It also covers the New World civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. Geographic skills are reinforced and expanded by application to the various content areas.

Math 8/ Science 8

This course expands on the foundations of mathematics including the concepts of number, patterns, shape, and probability and statistics. Technology is integrated throughout the course so students are encouraged to bring a device to access online resources. Students have the option to gain credit for Math 8 Honours by completing enrichment honours assignments and projects and participating in the Canadian Mathematics Competition. Science 8 involves investigations in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. It provides an introduction to the scientific method, safety, and laboratory investigations.

Physical Health Education 8

Physical Health Education 8 will include an introduction and exposure to a selection of activities from each of five movement categories: alternative environment, dance, games, gymnastics and individual/dual activities. All instruction will be focused on fostering an appreciation for physical, social, and mental well being through a diversified program of activities.

Languages 8 (French/Spanish)

The Languages Department is both proud and excited to be offering our Grade 8 students a Language rotation. Students will have the opportunity to learn and discover both French and Spanish language and culture. Students will take half the year of basic Spanish and the other half will cover the French 8 curriculum. Our goal is to provide our students the opportunity to engage and embrace learning a second language. Students will then have the choice to take Spanish 9, French 9 or both the following year.

Electives

EnCore 8—Block 1 on Day 1

Students are to choose one of the 3 options offered on Day 1, Block 1. These courses will stress hands-on participation. Safety is emphasized and life-long learning patterns fostered.

Option 1 : Year-round Metal/Wood*
Option 2: Year-round Cafeteria Training**
Option 3: Elective Rotation – Sewing, Drama, Drafting, Computers and Art. Each component will last approximately 6 weeks.

*Metal Work 8 : Students coming into grade 8 at SRT have the option of a year long course in  Metal Work.  Grade 8’s will be introduced to some basic hand and machine tool operations to complete a variety of exciting projects. This year long course is ideal for the students who are wishing to take further Tech-Ed courses in their grade 9 year.

**Culinary Arts grade 8 is offered as a year-round Applied Skill elective option. During the course of the grade 8 year students will be introduced to basic cooking & baking techniques, proper use & care of a chef’s knife & other kitchen equipment. Students will complete Food Safe Level 1 and receive a certificate essential for employment in the cooking industry.

EnCore 8—Block 4 on Day 2

Students will rotate through six different electives: Photography, Foods, Metal, Wood, Music, and Titan-Up. The content for the Titan-Up Rotation includes: socio-emotional literacy, social media, personal and social responsibility, health choices, how to stay afloat academically, and what it means to be a Titan!