Grades 3 – 6 (Team 1)
Foothills Academy offers elementary students in grades 3-6 the opportunity to be the very best learner they can be for the 21st Century. Our specially trained teachers bring expertise to the classroom to focus upon each student’s learning needs.
Our grade three and four classes are each taught by one generalist teacher while our grade five and six classes are taught by separate Language Arts/Social Studies and Mathematics/Science teachers. We follow Alberta Education curriculum and bridge gaps to build the foundations for each student to achieve their true potential. We employ a variety of academic interventions to support student learning including literacy programs such as Precision Reading, Levelled Literacy Intervention, and LiPs, as well as mathematical supports with a range of visual and visible learning strategies.
It is important for us to focus on each student’s social and emotional needs. We employ programs such as Social Thinking, and Zones of Regulation providing supports for resiliency, developing self-awareness, and a range of self-regulation tools.
In addition to the expert teaching staff we have in the classrooms, students have access to extra supports to enhance and maximize their learning potential. Educational Assistants, Assistive Technology and IPPs are available to and benefit all students. For those who require more, specialized support, we have additional Assistive Technology, Psychologists and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy.
The positive environment at Foothills builds upon student's successes and strengths. Various learning strategies are explored and implemented to support each child’s abilities. Our students strive to be the best they can be, which is recognized through various monthly positive reinforcement programs like Echo Awards, Head of the Class, Bubble Gum Machine, and Super Kids and House Points.
Library & Learning Commons
At Foothills Academy the library/ learning commons offers students a welcoming space in which knowledge is expanded, daily classes are held, and students find refuge, and collaboration occurs on all levels. There is a full-time librarian to assist students and staff in selecting items from the vast physical and digital collection.
Through Physical Education we empower students with knowledge and skills to live a healthy lifestyle as students learn about the benefits of exercise and playing games to encourage a lifelong goal for health and wellness. We expose students to a wide variety of sports, physical activities and different methods of fitness. Together this can provide enjoyment of physical activity, as well as build social, psychomotor, and cognitive skills. Life skills are coached daily within team sports, individual sports, small group work and whole class activities. Respect, integrity, sportsmanship, teamwork, communication and leadership are just some of the skills, recognized, encouraged and taught.
In grades three to six, activities taught are varied and fun as students work together as willing and active participants committed to trying their best. Games from Rock, Paper, Scissors, Showdown to Quidditch, and Omnikin Ball games to Space Invaders add an element of fun, variety and competition. During the activities and games, students receive coaching on spatial awareness, body mechanics and safety. Physical literacy, the mastering of fundamental movement skill and sports skills is a common thread interwoven throughout all lessons. Our off-site swimming program adds to the students’ skills for life.