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Primary (Grades 1-3, class size 16-18)

The Glenburnie Approach to Primary School

We believe the best way for young children to learn and retain concepts is through a dynamic, integrated, hands-on educational experience. Students must feel motivated in their learning and experience excitement about school. Students must also feel comfortable to take risks.

At Glenburnie, we provide a supportive, encouraging environment for students to recognize and appreciate their own self-worth, uniqueness and potential. The development of independence and critical thinking skills are important goals for our primary students.

Students who have mastered skills are provided with natural extension and enrichment opportunities in all areas of the curriculum. It is our goal that each child is challenged and become active partners in their education.

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

Primary Curriculum Details

At Glenburnie, the primary years provide students with an integrated and individualized program of study to develop a love and excitement for learning and a solid foundation of core skills. With a class size of 1:18, our nurturing teachers present a stimulating program of study with the end objective of developing 21st Century skills.

Home room teachers teach the core subjects: Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science 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 organization skills. They 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, Musical Movement, Library, Computer Technology, and French.

Knowledge and skills learned from the Music, Drama, Visual Arts, and Computer Technology 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
  • Printing / Cursive Writing
  • Grammar
  • 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
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics and Global Awareness


  • Listening Skills
  • Oral Fluency
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Written Language

Physical Education

  • Gross Motor Skill Development
  • Participation
  • Co-operation/Fair Play
  • Strategic Teamwork
  • Communication Skills