Grades 5/6 Complementary Programs
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) 5/6
Students will work with digital technologies to develop an understanding of computer coding, robot programming, and 3-D design & fabrication. Students will use programs such as Scratch or Code Studio to gain familiarity with common coding commands and procedures. Visual programming apps, such as Ozoblockly, may be used to explore simple robotics through West Ridge’s tiny Ozobots. Students will use Tinkercad (or a similar program) to advance their knowledge and skill of designing objects using CAD (computer-aided design) programs. Students may have opportunity to bring their designs to life using West Ridge’s 3-D printers.
Grades 7 - 9 Complementary Programs
Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) provides project-based learning experiences designed to help students explore their talents related to occupation- specific knowledge and skills related to five career clusters: business, communication, resources, technology and health/human services. Students complete related projects and are assessed according to how they design, create, and appraise their process and product.
Business Leadership 9
Students will have an opportunity to explore the process of becoming successful in the world of business. They will begin to understand basic business principles and then apply these to the operation of the school store and other aspects of school life.
Students will examine various business concepts which may include:
- Entrepreneurship [setting up a new business]
- Marketing and sales [how to sell products]
- Logistics [ordering products, managing inventory]
- Résumé writing
- Service Learning
- Financial literacy – both business and personal
- Communication [verbal and written]
- Team work and problem solving
- Customer service
Construction 7 / 8 / 9
In Construction, students experience a skills-based approach to learning how to build a variety of projects. In this course students will develop appropriate tool safety as well as knowledge on how to best utilize a given tool. Students new to the program begin with hand tools. As they progress students have the opportunity to work with a full selection of power tools. Students personalize plans to align with their own interests and build skills towards developing their own projects from scratch. Some larger projects or specific materials could require an additional cost to students.
Digital Photography 7 / 8 / 9
In Digital Photography, students will improve their technical knowledge and learn techniques to use digital cameras in a variety of projects. They will learn elements of photograph composition, portrait taking, how to best photograph landscapes, and a variety of effects. Photography effects we will work with include both practical / in-camera effects as well as digital manipulations. As students develop skills from one grade to the next, the program focus shifts more towards gaining exposure to higher level functions of professional quality software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. Students will also create portfolios and learn to display their work in various forms.
Fashion - Sewing Fundamentals 7
Students learn how to safely use and care for sewing and pressing equipment, and apply these skills during project assembly. Projects are focused on basic fundamental sewing skills and are selected to ensure student success.
Fashion - Construction Fundamentals 8
Students learn how to determine pattern size, choose a suitable pattern and woven fabric, make pattern alterations, and prepare the fabric and pattern for layout. Students apply these skills during the assembly of a simple garment. Projects are focused on providing students with the opportunity to develop their skill set in sewing and are selected to ensure student success at the next level.
Fashion - Creating Accessories 9
Students use basic sewing skills and techniques to construct a home or personal accessory. Projects are focused on providing students with an opportunity to develop their skill set in sewing at a more advanced level and are selected to continue to ensure student success.
Foods - Food Basics 7
Students learn safe and sanitary food handling procedures, equipment care, comprehension of recipes and the importance of efficient work habits. Lab activities are selected based on Canada’s Guidelines to Healthy Eating with students preparing food products from each of the four food groups.
Foods - Baking Basics 7
Students develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary baking focusing on basic measuring techniques, preparation methods, role of ingredients and the proper use of equipment for baked goods. Lab activities are selected to provide students with the opportunity to prepare a variety of baked goods at the basic level.
Foods - Snacks & Appetizers 8
Students apply the importance of snacks and appetizers related to lifestyle, by making nutritious, as well as delicious, snacks and appetizers. Lab activities are selected based on Canada’s Guidelines to Healthy Eating with students preparing food products that are considered to be snacks and/or appetizers.
Foods - Cultural Foods 8
Students become aware of how food in Canada today reflects the country’s history and origins by examining food patterns and customs, and by analyzing and preparing ethnic foods. Lab activities are selected based on preparing food products from various cultures that make up our multicultural country.
Foods - Meal Planning 9
Students develop an understanding of planning, preparation and evaluation of balanced healthy meals. Lab activities are selected based on Canada’s Guidelines to Healthy Eating with students preparing meals that are both quick and nutritious.
Foods - Advanced Baking 9
Students continue to develop and demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary baking focusing on basic measuring techniques, preparation methods, role of ingredients and the proper use of equipment for baked goods. Lab activities are selected to provide students with the opportunity to prepare a variety of baked goods at the more advanced level and include some cake decorating.
Robotics 7 / 8 / 9
Students learn how to design and build robots to complete a variety of tasks and challenges using LEGO-based kits. Additional concepts explored include engineering principles and planning strategies, effective troubleshooting and problem solving methods, and mechanical systems that complement a robot’s abilities. We also discuss the role robots play in our daily life, where our relationship with technology is heading, and ethical issues raised by classical science fiction concerning the intelligence of machines as well as their increasing involvement in our homes.
Career and Technology Studies and Knowledge and Employability
Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) pathways build on the Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) inquiry-based, hands-on studies for Grades 5–9. CTS involves five main clusters composed of occupational areas with industry commonalities.
The 5 CTS Clusters
- Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology (BIT)
- Health, Recreation & Human Services (HRH)
- Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC)
- Natural Resources (NAT)
- Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)
Cluster Courses Include
- BIT: Computing Sciences, Enterprise & Innovation, Finance Management, Information Processing, Marketing & Management, Networking.
- HRH: Community Care Services, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Foods, Health Care Services, Human & Social Services, Legal Studies, Recreation Leadership, Tourism.
- MDC: Communication Technology, Design Studies, Fashion Studies
- NAT: Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship, Forestry, Primary Resources, Wildlife
- TMT: Auto Body Services, Automotive Services, Aviation, Construction, Electro-Technologies, Fabrication, Logistics (Supply Chain Management)