Intermediate Courses (Grades 7—8)

Virtual Elementary School students in grades 7 and 8 are put at the centre of real-world scenarios. From exploring global perspectives on current issues to personal decisions that affect their daily life, the lessons foster critical thinking and encourage students to develop a toolbox of skills to creatively solve problems. The courses are designed to prepare students for high school so that they can seamlessly transition to their secondary studies.

The math courses refine students’ understanding of various operations, proportional reasoning, algebra, financial literacy, and coding. Students taking the language courses are prepared for secondary school by focusing on presentations, debates, and the essay writing process. To continue their science and technology journeys, students will take a hands-on approach when learning about water systems, fluids, the concept of the cell, and heat in the environment. The French courses focus on improving speaking, writing, and listening skills through the exploration of topics such as travelling, the environment, and sports. The health and physical education courses help students further develop their technical and physical skills for games and their understanding of healthy lifestyles. 

Our newest course additions separate the social studies content into two different courses (as you would find in a traditional classroom): history and geography. In the history courses, students explore important events in New France and British North America, as well as events that shaped the creation of Canada. In geography, students learn about physical patterns and natural resources on Earth and investigate global inequalities. 

What is unique about our approach to teaching at the intermediate level?

Students at the intermediate level have more ownership over their learning. This approach to both the learning content and the lesson structure means students can progress through the content and build upon their understanding by noting questions to discuss with their teacher or learning coach. 

In our courses at the intermediate level, students are encouraged to reflect more on their own learning and the content to enable true mastery of the subject matter.

What are the benefits of using online courses to teach intermediate students?

By taking online courses, intermediate students are able to increase their self-discipline by completing tasks independently. This includes refining time management skills, which will serve them in secondary school and beyond. It is important to prepare students for future online learning situations (in post-secondary and workplace settings) in which they may not receive the same level of direct instruction and guidance that they have grown accustomed to at the elementary level.

What do we do to set up intermediate learners for success?

We continue to encourage intermediate students to make more abstract connections between what they are learning and how the concepts are applied in real-world contexts. Our STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) activities in the science and mathematics courses help prepare students for their future studies at the high school level.


Published On: October 15, 2021