Social Studies at Ashbury
Ashbury defines social studies in the Junior School as a study of people and their relationships with their social and physical environments. The knowledge, skills and values developed in social studies will help students to know and appreciate the past; understand the present; and influence the future.
In Grades 4 to 6, the social studies program is organized into two strands: Heritage and Citizenship, and Canada and World Connections. Heritage and Citizenship introduces students to various topics that will help them develop an understanding of connections between the past and the present, interactions between various cultural groups in Canada and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Canada and World Connections focuses on Canada and its relationships with the rest of the world.
In Grades 7 and 8, students are taught Canadian History and Physical and Human Geography as separate disciplines. Grade 7 Geography focuses on physical patterns and how they affect human activity. Grade 8 Geography investigates patterns in human geography, economic systems and migration. Grade 7 and 8 History focuses on the development of Canada from the 17th century to the early 20th century. Geography and history are presented in both English and French.
Ashbury's hands-on approach to learning exposes students to a variety of exciting projects and activities such as:
- Grade 8 visit to Quebec City
- Greek Day
- Orienteering at Camp Otterdale
- Parliament Hill (Tour and Question Period)
- Medieval Times (Upper Canada Village)
- Museum of Civilization (First Nation’s People)