A glimpse at our academic programs from early childhood through to grade seven.
Early childhood is preschool (age 3) and junior kindergarten (age 4). The primary years begin in senior kindergarten (age 5) and conclude in third grade. Grade four is the beginning of the intermediate years and grade six and seven represent the senior intermediate grades. The descriptors below represent the general studies curriculum only. VTT students complete the BC Ministry of Education requirements in half a day. The second part of the day is devoted to the acquisition of Hebrew language and Judaic studies.
Our goals are to enhance, enrich and exemplify our Jewish traditions and culture, and educate the whole child. Through our play-based program, we aim to foster social and emotional learning, independence, confidence, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and both fine and gross motor skills.
Senior Kindergarten (SK) marks our students' first formal education experience in the primary years and follows the learning outcomes as outlined by the BC Ministry of Education. Our program provides a dynamic and playful curriculum that encourages children’s innate sense of curiosity and creative potential. Students engage in rich and meaningful early learning experiences that support independence, communication, critical thinking, cooperation and collaboration.
THE PRIMARY YEARS: GRADES 1 to 3
Our primary years program provides students with the opportunity to build strong foundational skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, science and social studies in both an integrated and engaging manner. Students are offered a variety of learning opportunities with the goal of fostering independence, self-regulation, social responsibility, leadership and global awareness. While core subjects are taught by a homeroom teacher, specialist teachers introduce students to art, physical education and music. Throughout the year, students also have access to guest speakers, curriculum-inspired field trips, intramural sports and outdoor education. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
THE INTERMEDIATE YEARS
Grades 4 through 7
Our intermediate years program allows students to build on their foundational skills and continue to develop critical thinking and reasoning abilities. Students in the intermediate program assume greater responsibility for their learning and for themselves. VTT places a special focus on teaching social responsibility, leadership and global awareness.
GRADE 4 HIGHLIGHTS
Students learn to be more independent, and develop responsibility for their assignments and supplies. Using the natural world and general Canadian geography and history, students develop a stronger sense of self, and what it means to be Canadian.
GRADE 5 HIGHLIGHTS
In grade five, students explore different topics through a critical thinking lens. Students employ the Big Ideas from the BC Curriculum to approach a variety of topics such as the human body in science, problem-solving challenges in mathematics, government in social studies and exploring texts from a variety of perspectives and writing exercises for different audiences and purposes in language arts.
GRADE 6 & 7 STUDENTS
As students move into grades six and seven they are provided with a dedicated laptop, allowing them to use technology in the classroom to enhance their learning. Also in the senior intermediate grades, specialist teachers are responsible for Judaic instruction that includes rabbinics, Torah, Hebrew language and Jewish history. Students continue as active participants in the arts at VTT. Throughout the year, students also have access to guest speakers, curriculum-inspired field trips, intramural sports and outdoor education.
OUR SENIOR STUDENTS:
The overarching focus in grade six is global citizenship. Using literature, social studies texts, and other sources, students investigate topics such as poverty, human rights, regional and international conflict, immigration, governance and world religions.
Leadership is solidified in seventh grade. Students are offered a myriad of opportunities to lead their peers in acts of kindness and care of self, others and the school community.