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Junior (Grades 4-6, class size 18)

The Glenburnie Approach to Junior School

As students advance through Grades 4 to 6, they are involved in progressively more complex and integrated activities in order to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to make informed and rational decisions.

As students master appropriate skills, they are provided with natural extension and enrichment opportunities in all areas of the curriculum. It is our goal that each child is challenged and is achieving at his/her particular level of capability.

It is our intent that by nurturing adventuresome young people who are innovative problem solvers and strong critical thinkers, our students will graduate with a broad base of knowledge, sound skill foundation, and an enthusiasm for learning well beyond their years at Glenburnie.

Glenburnie’s Emotional Intelligence ‘Awareness’ program of discussions and activities provides students with a greater understanding of themselves, their core values and related choices, as well as a common language to support positive social interactions whether in the classroom or out on the playing fields.

*Students from Grade 4-8 are invited to sign up for a variety of After School Clubs (3:30 – 4:15) which provide an introduction to different crafts and fun activities, sports, and academic support.

Junior Curriculum Details

At Glenburnie, students in the Junior Grades are provided with guidance to develop independence and a strong capacity for self-direction, both inside and outside of the school environment. The Junior curriculum provides a sound knowledge base in core academic disciplines, with a strong emphasis placed on the 21st Century outcomes.

Home room teachers teach the core subjects: Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, and Social Studies to ensure greatest consistency in student performance. Lessons are fast paced and are differentiated to meet individual student needs. Smart Boards, Smart Response, computers and iPads are incorporated into lessons which address the auditory, visual, and tactile learning styles of our students.

Students are provided with help and support to develop effective their organization skills. Students are encouraged and expected to work to their personal best level of achievement. Students rotate to specialty classrooms throughout the day: Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education, Library and Computer Technology, and French.

Class ratios are 1:18. We recognize that learning involves more than the acquisition of information. It involves hands-on activities which include exploring, inventing, relating/assimilating, communicating and applying information based on real-world applications.

Knowledge and skills learned from the Music, Drama, Visual Arts, and Computer subject specific classes are often integrated into each child’s grade level’s curriculum. For more information, please visit our Student Life pages.

Language Arts

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Cursive Writing
  • Grammar Application
  • Phonics/Spelling Patterns
  • Spelling Dictations and Applications
  • Functional and Creative Writing
  • Reading
  • Word Recognition (Sight Vocabulary Development)
  • Oral Fluency/Expression
  • Comprehension (Factual and Inferential)
  • Book Reports
  • Novel Studies


  • Number Sense and Numeration
  • Computations
  • Problem Solving
  • Measurement
  • Patterning and Algebra
  • Data Management and Probability
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense

Theme Studies

  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics and Global Awareness


  • Listening Skills
  • Oral Fluency
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Written Language and Grammatical Applications

Physical & Health Education

  • Health taught as a separate subject
  • Gross Motor Skill Development
  • Participation
  • Cooperation / Fair Play
  • Strategic Teamwork