BCS offers a full curriculum for students from the JK/SK to Grade 8 levels. Our students’ progress in comparison to other schools is monitored using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Tests which is administered to students in Grades 1-8 three times each year. BCS compares very well with other Christian schools and is ahead of the national average of the public and separate schools across the country.
Art work enables children to recognize, explore and develop creative talents. Students learn to use different media skillfully and apply concepts of line, colour, shape, form, space and value. In all grades, art is often integrated with other areas of the curriculum.
In grades 2 through 8 is taught by art specialist teachers.
The purpose of teaching Bible is to
- impart knowledge of the Bible
- open up ways for children to know and love their Lord and
- move children to a deeper faith.
The curriculum focuses on the story of God and His people in every lesson at every grade level. The stories are presented chronologically to emphasize the relationship between individual stories and the overall theme of the Bible. Students are given the opportunity to retell the story in a variety of ways. This will help them to remember the stories and share them with others.
Students who complete all levels of the Grade JK-8 Bible program will have studied the Bible stories three times in different ways.
Devotions are held daily in each class and usually consist of a Scripture passage or reading from a devotional book, prayer requests and praise through songs. Each day is concluded with prayer as well. A weekly community worship time is held for all students and staff in the gym.
French is taught to students in Grades 1 – 8.
Our purpose is to learn to speak and understand the French language and to appreciate French culture. French is taught primarily through a conversational method. Vocabulary, pronunciation and grammatical structures are developed mainly through situational dialogue.
At BCS we have almost a hundred Chromebooks which the students use for a variety of projects and studies. During weekly technology classes the students learn how to use common software programs including those for presentation preparation, as well as responsible web surfing for research, website design and general computer competencies.
Since God’s gift of language is intended for communication, enjoyment and praise, we affirm that students need skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and thus develop their gifts to God’s honour.
For Junior and Senior Kindergarten, Language Arts emphasizes good speaking and listening habits and reading readiness skills. For Grades 1-8, our Language Arts program includes literature (reading and comprehension of poetry, short stories and novels), phonics, grammar, spelling, vocabulary studies, creative writing, journaling (once or twice a week), silent reading and read-aloud time.
As Junior Kindergarten through Grade 1 students learn their phonics, they also use those skills for spelling. Students in Grades 2 – 8 have specific lessons using various different texts and workbooks. Spelling is related to the curriculum in other subjects.
The Mathematics program emphasizes knowledge of the basic skills at all levels. Continuous reinforcement and drills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills at the lower grade levels provide good building blocks for work at Grades 5 – 8. Our Math texts emphasize math teaching from a “problem-solving” point of view. Concepts are introduced and reviewed from grade to grade. Students learn new skills by making practical and logical applications of those skills previously learned.
Social Studies and Science
Each grade unfolds different parts of God’s great creation. Students are taught that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit as they study healthy living. From Grade 4 – 8, the social sciences become more specific with geography units on parts of Canada, cultural studies of various other countries, and historical background to where we are as a Canadian nation today.
Science is taught as a separate subject to students in Grades 4 – 8 and provides opportunities for students to do experiments while learning more about the world God has created.
In the primary grades, we concentrate on singing, rhythm and beat, using some percussion and rhythm instruments. During their time at BCS students will also learn how to play the recorder, the guitar and also the kazoo. In addition students learn music theory, history and music appreciation.
The emphasis in Physical Education is on the use of physical activity as a development medium in which the prime goal is not the activity itself, but rather the achievement of personal potentials through the activity.
In the primary and junior grades, the emphasis lies on the development of motor coordination, development of muscle tone and creative movement as well as initial sports skills.
The senior grades continue to develop these skills and focus on team sports skills such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field.
Students at BCS also have the chance to be involved in many other activities, like class trips, service projects and a number of co-curricular activities.