Full Day Kindergarten
Thanks to the generosity of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation, our school offers a full day kindergarten program for families that live within our school boundaries. The focus o f this program is developing literacy and numeracy skills through play.
The full day kindergarten shares the philosophy of grades 1-6 programs in regards to important philosophies in regards to technology and physical education. More information can be found below in the grades 1-6 information.
Tipaskan provides full day programming for grades 1-6. Programming is based off of the curriculum from the Alberta Program of Studies. Teachers in the school will deliver the curriculum in different ways. How the curriculum is taught depends on the teacher's teaching style, the needs of the students and input from parents. Some important aspects of our regular program include technology and physical education.
As Edmonton Public Schools and the world start to look ahead at what it means to be a 21st century learner, we have taken steps to give your child the skills they will need to solve 21st century problems! Tipaskan School has installed wireless internet in the school . Thanks to our parent association, the school has also purchased Chromebooks that can be used either in our computer lab space or in the classroom. Imagine the vast amount of information your child now has access to sitting at their very own desk. Interactive white boards, document cameras and video conferencing equipment further enhance the learning experience. Teachers have been, and will be, provided with professional development opportunities to enrich their skills with technology so they can bring the best of technology teaching and learning to their classrooms.
Students can access their schoolwork through the Edmonton Public Schools Portal. Responsible digital citizenship is taught and expected to be followed by our students.
Our physical education program follows a school wide coordinated plan. This plan ensures that each class has 30 minutes of daily physical education in the gym per day. Our plan is an integral part of our APPLE School initiative as we promote a healthy active lifestyle. On our Fun Fitness Fridays, classes complete a fitness circuit with their class buddies.
Tipaskan promotes life long physical activity through the learning of skills and games that will allow our students to participate throughout their lives. We offer many alternative environment learning opportunities including swimming, skating, bowling and many more. Our Active Tiger Club meets twice a week and helps students set individual goals for their own physical fitness. In partnership with the City of Edmonton, students can participate in after school programs such as Learn to Skate and drop in sports.
French as a Second Language
French as a second language is taught for all Grades 4-6 students.
The primary method used in class is the AIM (Accelerated Integrated Method) Language Learning approach. A key component of this method is the Gesture Approach used to teach the high frequency vocabulary that is essential in the oral acquisition of French. The result is the students are speaking more of the time and not just the teacher.
Another aspect of the program is Histories en Action! It is really an art and literacy based approach that uses specifically designed stories that are written in the form of plays. These stories along with integrated music and dance serve to motivate and support the students while they develop confidence and competence in the language.
There is an equal emphasis on the development of all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) meeting the needs of all language learners. Activities are varied, so the students have the opportunity to work individually, in partners, small groups and the whole class. Students often work in pairs or small groups to develop dramatic scenes that they share in class and receive feedback in order to grow. A variety of games are also introduced. Here the students are using the language, learning and having fun.