Janice Langley


Welcome to Grade Primary!


Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Grade Primary. 

I am very pleased to be your child’s teacher this year! I hope that your child will be happy and have a very successful year. In order to make this year meaningful for your child, an open line of communication between home and school is important. With this in mind, this document will outline the methods that will be used this year to communicate with you about your child’s learning. 

To ensure that your child has the best possible experience in Grade Primary, it is important that your child arrives on time, has a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast. I strive toward having a calm, relaxed atmosphere in the classroom where learners are encouraged to take risks, when they make mistakes learn from them, and be encouraging to each other as different challenges are met. Good manners, cooperation, mutual respect and following the school rules are stressed throughout the year. 


Overview of the Primary Program


English Language Arts

There are 3 strands in Language Arts.  I will list them along with some possible activities that your child will be involved in that may help your child achieve the outcomes. 

1. Reading and Viewing - read alouds, guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, word study, poetry, nursery rhymes, fiction and non-fiction text, letter work, phonemic awareness, morning message, etc. 

2. Speaking and Listening - participating in discussions, questioning, giving and following directions, word study, etc. 

3. Writing and Other Ways of Representing - journals, letter and word study, poems, sentences, story writing, responses, writing workshop, etc.



There are 4 strands in the Math curriculum. They are listed below.

Manipulative materials are used to learn and reinforce concepts. Problem solving skills are also emphasized. Daily ‘mental math’ is also included. 

1. Number

Numbers to 9, flexibility with numbers to 10

2. Patterns and Relationships

Introduced to repeating patterns (2-3 elements) and non-repeating patterns

3. Measurement

Length, mass, volume, and capacity 

4. Geometry

Sort, describe, build, and explore with 3D objects
* Social Studies, Science, Health and Visual Arts outcomes will all be integrated into both ELA and Math.*


Social Studies

Identity, Roots, Place


 Exploring (the world) (sand and water) (moving things) with the senses


Healthy Self, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Community 

Visual Arts

Making, Looking, and Reflecting using different mediums and techniques 

Variety of Ways that Student Learning will be Assessed

- informal testing               - conferences

- use of manipulatives      - running records

- anecdotal notes               - rubrics   

- participation                    - observations

- checklists       


I am looking forward to having a fun-filled and successful school year with your child. It is hoped that your child will find the Primary classroom a friendly and interesting learning environment where we can all work together. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by phone/e-mail or send a note in your child’s agenda and I will contact you as soon as possible.

Phone: (902) 755-8450    E-mailSpearsJL@ccrce.ca

I look forward to your cooperation and support this year. 
 Janice Spears