Career & Technology

Foundations | Grades 5-9

In Career and Technology Foundations (CTF), students plan, create, appraise, and communicate to explore interests and passions as they learn about various career possibilities and occupational areas. CTF responds to the context of the school, community, and student interests and passions, and as a result, looks different in every school. This flexibility allows teachers to design meaningful learning experiences for students.

At the heart of CTF are the four central processes: plan, create, appraise, communicate. Students engage in CTF tasks, alternating between the four central processes. These central processes span 28 different occupational areas. Occupational areas are categorized by five clusters (Human Services, Business, Communication, Resources, and Technology) and include disciplines such as foods, computing science, design studies, environmental stewardship, and construction, just to name a few. Each CTF task should align with at least two occupational areas. 

Because the four central processes can be adapted to any topic of study, students are emphasizing universal skills and processes, which makes learning more meaningful and connected than ever. Hands-on, relevant, and purposeful learning is very important to the middle years learner.

RTA Science Alternative Program 2022-2023 CTF Scope and Sequence

CTF Semester Breakdown

  • Semester 1: September 1 – January 27
    • Part A: : September 1- November 24
    • Part B:  November 28 – January 27
  • Semester 2: January 30 – June 30
  • CTF: 4 modules a year
  • Gr. 5/6: Art and Music have separate Programs of Studies and are not part of the CTF Scope and Sequence
  • Science Fair is a CTF module in a grades.

CTF Grade 5:

  • Semester 1: Science Literacy & Science Fair
  • Semester 2: Ecotourism & Eco School 

Grade 6:

  1. Science Literacy & Science Fair
  2. Tech &Technologies - Coding with Spheros
  3. Dramatic Productions
  4. Basic Outdoor Survival (survival tactics and attitudes, basic map orienteering, team building exercises, basic knot tying)

Grade 7:

  1. Science Literacy & Science Fair
  2. Management and Marketing
  3. Foods and Fashion Studies
  4. Sports' Medicine (injury prevention, how muscles and bones work together, sport specific training) exercises

Grade 8:

  1. Science Literacy & Science Fair
  2. Outdoor Experiences (First Aid, Clothing, Orienteering with Compasses, Fire and Shelter building, trip planning)
  3. Computer Programming & Digital Interface
  4. Design Studies: Art and Architecture

 Grade 9:

  1. Science Literacy & Science Fair
  2. Construction & Design
  3. Robotics & 3D Design (Raspberry Pi/Tinkercad/Arduinos)
  4. Passion Project  
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