1. Project-Based Learning.
At Pear Tree Elementary, we don’t teach the core subjects as separate and isolated topics, i.e. math, language arts, science, social studies, art, and so on. Instead, our subjects are meaningfully integrated with one another and taught all day, every day. Lessons are built around themes and projects that incorporate academic subjects in a holistic manner. Any given lesson will include multiple skills, new concepts, and practice in any combination of the academic subjects.
Students are appropriately challenged academically, socio-emotionally, and physically in every aspect of the school day, from arrival to dismissal.
Find out more about our Project-Based Learning approach with real examples!
2. Combined Grades
We offer three combined grade programs rather than grade levels: Early Years (Grades K-1), Primary (Grades 2-4), and Intermediate (Grades 5-7).
A combined grade approach not only complements our teaching method, but also provides students with an environment more conducive to learning.
Research demonstrates that children in combined grades:
- Have access to a greater range of academic potential and influence
- Develop stronger social-emotional skills
- Conduct more collaborative and independent learning
- Display greater feelings of comfort, security, and a positive self-esteem
- Develop more positive peer interactions
- Have more natural opportunities for student leadership
What is more, combined groups allow our teachers to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all students. No one is held back.
3. Physical and Food Education
Students at Pear Tree Elementary receive one hour of physical education every day of the week.
Our program extends beyond traditional activities like basketball, volleyball, and soccer to include a more diverse and rewarding range with martial arts, swimming, yoga, ice skating, sailing, dancing, and more!
During this time, students are learning about both academic and socioemotional concepts, like human kinetics (science), math, strategy, teamwork, psychology, leadership, and perseverance. This isn’t the “dodge ball mentality” you might remember from P.E. class. It’s not just sport for the sake of sport.
An integral part of physical education is our Healthy Hot Lunch Program, and the food education component that goes along with it. We use cooking to teach about math, science, and social studies. We teach students about the food they’re putting into their bodies, turning even mealtimes into an opportunity for learning. What we eat is the fuel that drives our academic performance and emotional well-being. Low grade fuel = low grade performance.
4. Unparalleled Quality of Teachers
At Pear Tree, we employ teachers of only the highest caliber. Why? Because teachers are the heart and soul of a school. Great teachers = A great school. All of Pear Tree’s teachers are masters-qualified – demonstrating the knowledge and growth mindset promoted by our school. They are experienced in the British Columbia provincial curriculum, and embody the values and beliefs reflected in our program.
They are educators, mentors, and role models to the children entrusted to our care.
Our teachers strive to create a sense of community among their colleagues, parents, and students. At Pear Tree Elementary, you’re part of the family.
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