In the Academic Program, academics and social skills are combined into one developmentally-based curriculum. Students will work towards appropriate academic goals as set by the Ontario Provincial Standards and each student will have an Individual Education Plan to encompass his or her academic and social/emotional needs.
Students will be placed within an age- and developmentally-appropriate class and will participate in a small classroom setting (1 teacher : 7 students) while receiving the individual attention, classroom modifications, and individually-tailored curriculum necessary to reach their highest academic and social potential.
Additional support for students is available through our Support Level program, which allows students to receive additional shared support within the classroom.
The Need for Individualized Education
The Academic Curriculum
Our Language curriculum focuses on developing fluent and confident readers, writers, and communicators. Students may receive language instruction in reading, writing, and oral communication using motivating curriculum material that builds confidence for hesitant readers and writers. We also draw from the Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing curriculum which helps students to develop language comprehension skills. Our Language Arts curriculum also includes drama, storytelling, and reader’s theatre to enhance student’s emotional understanding of the material.
Math is taught with an emphasis on comprehension of concepts rather than rote recall. Within small groups, students progress through the Jump Math curriculum with practical and hands-on learning tasks. The math curriculum scaffolds skills and introduces new material gradually to ensure student success.
Science and Social Studies are taught based on the Ontario Curriculum material with a hands-on and experiential approach to learning and the real world. Students are encouraged to experiment, problem solve, and relate to the material in a meaningful and developmentally appropriate way. There is also an opportunity for students to participate in a Science Fair where they can showcase their work.
Daily physical activity is part of our program. Students will work on fundamental movement skills, coordination, balance, motor planning, and teamwork through our physical education program.
This program is often integrated daily into the homeroom routine for students needing assistance with developing printing skills.
Self-expression is an important aspect of our program and incorporated in many areas of the curriculum. Through the exploration of art and drama, students are given the opportunity to be creative, take risks, and build confidence. All students participate in the Winter and Spring concerts where they can show off their talents!
The Social Curriculum
Academics are only the beginning of our program! Students excel when they begin to strengthen their foundation skills. Learning in community, working independently, getting organized, and building self-confidence are all essential areas our students develop at school. Our entire curriculum focuses on social and emotional development, communication, and collaboration within the classroom.
Social & Classroom Skills
Students are developing their social skills everyday at school. Oakwood is well-known for its unique social curriculum and we see the positive results in our students every day! Some of the social skills topics explored in our curriculum include:
- managing emotions
- problem solving
- conversation skills
- appropriate play skills
- understanding social cues
- community skills
- appropriate classroom behaviour
- teamwork and cooperation
The Individual Student
Every student is an individual and our curriculum fosters the growth of each student by offering programs and services that are designed to bring out the unique interests and talents in every child, while recognizing and strengthening their individual differences.