The Grade 1-2 Pod involves a team of passionate teachers who work together to provide meaningful educational experiences for Primary students.
In addition to being highly skilled in classroom instruction, each teacher is trained in one or more of the four fine arts (Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts). Arts classes are used to enrich and deepen the learning experiences taking place in the core classrooms. For example, Grade 1 students may do body spelling in Dance class to practice their sight words, or extend a Mathematics lesson on patterning into their work in Visual Art.
Arts lessons take place within specially equipped classrooms; the Drama room, for instance, has a large, open, carpeted area and teaching tools, such as puppets and props.
The 1-2 Pod puts on one major integrated performance each spring. The “Growing” unit resulted in an amazing production that incorporated all of the arts, as well as Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
Because the teachers in this pod plan their lessons and themes collaboratively, field trips are taken together as a pod or as a grade unit. Past field trips have included Willowview Farm, Surrey Arts Center, Langley Centennial Museum, surrey Nature Center, Ice Skating, gymnastics and swimming.