Grades 1-8

What Makes the U-Can International Smart Curriculum Special?

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JUNIOR HIGH (Middle) SCHOOL

 

Aims and Strategic Focus

Aims

  • To provide a rich, stimulating and caring environment in which the child feels secure and confident.

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  • To help all children be happy and enthusiastic learners, to make learning a fun experience.
  • To encourage creative & enquiring minds.
  • To help each child to reach their full potential by fostering self-esteem and a sense of achievement.
  • To encourage the development of skills and attitudes that promote lifelong learning.

  • To provide high quality hands-on learning to enable all children with a curriculum which is broad, balanced, relevant and also meets the needs of children with special educational challenges.
  • To continuously review and monitor our teaching practices to ensure we focus on growth.
  • To foster an awareness of acceptable standards of work, attitude and behaviour both in and out of school.
  • To ensure that discrimination on any ground is not tolerated.
  • To foster good relationships between the home and school, welcoming parents into the school and encouraging them to work in partnership and harmony with the staff.

Our Strategic Focus for Junior High School

This stage of learning and development has commonly been referred to as the ‘prime time’ point in a young learner’s individual growth/development. The stage where the individual has learned the basics in the primary years and they’re not yet introduced to the more complex stage of growth – being (Sr) schools & young adult maturity. The main approach is to maximize on this ‘prime time’ stage of learning by introducing (reinforcing) that encourage the healthy and productive growth of the individual.

There are Three Main Purposes
1. To assist young learners to build, maintain and fuel the desire for daily/lifelong successes. Realizing, To Learn – is – To Live, will assist students to have a premeditated inner desire to want to learn. When an individual can see themselves and their efforts as valuable/capable, they’re more likely to form/maintain a productive mindset with the desire to succeed throughout the journey of life.

2. To assist young learners to internalize and translate important words/concepts like ‘focus, mindset, behaviour, success, growth, self-discipline, respect, honesty, responsibility, commitment & integrity’ into meaningful aspects of everyday life. The human mind/body will learn best when the individual is able to see themselves as valuable with the ability to look into their future with a positive attitude/perspective.

  1. To add value toward learning/teaching in a respectful, comfortable and safe learning/working environment. Theoretically, an individual can be most productive if growing (learning) in a surrounding environment that ‘feels’ safe/comfortable along with a distinct culture of focus/growth and positive – high vibrations. This learning experience will assist learners to reflect on their behaviour and evaluate how they can positively influence themselves as well as their leaning environment.

What We Are Proud of

  •  Using the International “Smart” Curriculum developed in Canada – it is used in 22 countries worldwide.
  • Planning that meets the needs and abilities of the different learning levels within the classroom so that accelerated progress can be
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    achieved.

  • High teacher expectations and good subject knowledge.
  • The supportive and caring ethos within the school, particularly in meeting the social, emotional and hehavioural needs of the students and their families.
  • The strong family atmosphere within the school.
  • The role played by senior leaders to monitor student progress, identifying pupils in need of additional support and putting in place appropriate intervention strategies/programs.
  • The fresh and stimulating classroom learning environments and fun playground areas

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Why Are We Using the Canadian SMART Curriculum?

Canada Ranks #6 in the World in Math, Science & Reading

Our Strategic Focus for Junior High School

What Makes the U-Can International Smart Curriculum Special?

U-Can International Primary School

In Entebbe, Uganda

 

 

Our Primary Program is from Grade 1 to Grade 6

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Students from 22 Countries

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Mission

          The Mission of U-Can International is to foster understanding through educating our students to:

          – read with comprehension and write clearly

          – develop mathematical precision and accuracy

          – exhibit creative and critical thinking skills

          – build self-esteem, pride and respect for themselves and others

          – appreciate their responsibility to home, school and society

          – think, reason and use information & technology to solve problems

 

 

 

A First Class educational experience for your child.

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Problem Solving

 

 

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Our Focus - Our Vision

Two Important Concepts that Make U-Can Special

 

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1.  Our International Smart Curriculum focuses on building a great foundation for life-long learning.

Without a good foundation your child will be handicapped for the rest of his/her life.

Good mastery of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Science and Character Development are the foundation stones on which all learning is built. Our interactive curriculum is world class: we believe our program will give your child a head start on their journey to life-long learning.

 

 

2.  Our Teaching Philosophy is Relevant for the World We Live In

Informed education philosophers have concluded that instilling critical thinking skills and common sense reasoning in students should be one of the main aims of education. We believe that we should train children to be able to use their mental abilities to figure out the world around them and to have a mindset that focuses on discovery and investigation. Our curriculum is designed in such a way that learning is practical and exciting.

Your child should not be left behind because they don’t have the self confidence to think independently and creatively.

 

Good Reading Skills are Very Important

Good reading skills are essential to opening the door to all levels of learning.

We focus on five key areas of literacy that need to be developed in order to achieve reading success:

1.  Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate individual units of sound. It is the most fundamental skill children need to acquire when learning to read.

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2.  Phonics

Building directly from phonemic awareness, phonics is a method of instruction that introduces children to the link between letters and sounds, known as the alphabetic principle.

3.  Vocabulary

The first 100 sight words make up more than fifty per cent of most early texts, therefore they are very important for a child to develop early on in their reading journey.

4.  Fluency

Fluency enables readers to quickly span the gap between recognizing a word and understanding its meaning. It’s where the magic of reading takes place. Regular reading practice is essential to developing fluency.

5. Comprehension

Reading for meaning is the ultimate goal of learning to read. Comprehension is the skill to make sense of the written word. Only when the words create understanding can the reader develop and grow.

Learning to Write Well is Essential

Learning to write well builds confidence and fosters critical thinking.

We believe that learning to write well is an essential part of educating your child. There are six  areas that writing will enhance growth and development.

1. Writing improves communication skill

When you child writes he learns to express and communicate thoughts and ideas. Daily writing practice is a wonderful way to build confidence in expressing oneself.

2. Writing helps students to enhance their memory.

The physical act of writing builds neural pathways in the brain that enhances memory.  As we teach your child to use their fingers to express their thoughts they actually assist their brain in remembering shapes, words and ideas.

3. Writing encourages creativity and exploration.

Daily writing encourages a creative flow that can help students use their imaginations, explore possibilities, delve into problem solving, and engage in storytelling.

4. Writing is essential for self-understanding.

Classroom writing can help students understand and make sense of their own experiences, locate contexts, and make (sometimes surprising) discoveries about their own thoughts and feelings.

5. Writing Can Be Fun

It allows the child to let the imagination run free. To build worlds of fantasy and excitement. To use words to build pictures in the minds of others.

6. Writing helps teachers assess the effectiveness of their teaching.

When students are able to write in coherent fashion about the subjects and ideas that they have been taught it helps the teacher to determine whether the teaching of that subject area has attained the desired results. This student feedback is very valuable in helping the teacher plan effective lessons.

Reading and Writing Curriculum

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Comprehension

Vocabulary

Grammar

Writing

Usage

We build a solid foundation by teaching your child to read and write well.

1. Communication skills are developed.

2. Memory is enhanced and the mind is expanded.

3. Creativity and curiosity are stimulated.

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4. Self-confidence grows with the ability to express thoughts and ideas.

5. Good self-expression develops social skills and the ability to interact well with others.

6. The imagination is fired which encourages creative thinking and problem solving.

Core Curriculum English Smart

Core Curriculum English Smart adopts an all-round approach to developing English skills, with systematic practice in reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, usage, writing, and phonics. Concise explanations with examples are provided before practice. Below are listed the various aspects of the English Smart program.

Complete English Smart

Complete English Smart provides ample practice for developing and improving English skills. Concise explanations with examples are provided before practice to guide children along. The systematically-designed activities cover the key areas of learning – reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, usage, and writing. Your child would find working through Complete English Smart a fun and rewarding experience.

Write Smart

Write Smart is aimed at developing the ability to express ideas in a written form. The module covers both essay writing and creative writing.

English Smart Activity Fun Book

These appealing Activity Fun books provide children with fun-to-do activities to stimulate their interest in learning simple language concepts and skills

Read Smart

Read Smart aims at cultivating young learners’ interest in reading and developing their reading skills. The short stories, with captivating and colourful illustrations, form the bases for fun and engaging activities that young learners actually enjoy doing.

The Smart Early Learning Series

The Smart Early Learning series is developed specifically for preschool to Grade 2 children. The 16 titles in the Smart Early Learning series not only cover all the essentials that young children should learn but also provide them with fun and simple activities to arouse their interest in learning.

Mathematics is Part of Every Day Life

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Well developed math skills are essential to function effectively in all aspects of daily living.

A solid foundation in Math is essential—we believe that when Math is well taught it becomes the basis of strong logical thinking and reasoning.

1.  Mathematics is needed to function effectively in everyday life – even when we don’t realize it.

We teach Math so that it has practical everyday applications. Math is used for shopping, telling time, keeping track of our money, measuring and computing.

2. Mathematics nurtures the brain.

Lessons are designed to teach your child  to solve problems, to think critically, and to pursue abstract thinking.

3. Mathematics is fun and challenging.

Math is not mysterious or difficult when it is presented in a fun and exciting way. Math puzzles and riddles encourage and attract an alert and open-minded attitude among learners and help them develop clarity in their thinking.

4. The language of Technology and Science is Mathematics.

The foundation of all modern technology is based on the application of unchangeable Math principles. We make sure the basic principles are understood so that our youth can keep up with the ever changing face of technology.

5.  Mathematics is part of the natural order of the universe.

Mathematical patterns are found everywhere in the world around us.

Mathematics Curriculum

Well developed math skills are essential to function effectively in all aspects of daily living.

Complete Math Smart 

Complete Math Smart provides plenty of interesting and systematic practice for developing and improving your child’s math skills.

Through Complete Math Smart, your child not only understands the concepts better and masters the necessary skills, but he or she will also be able to apply them in solving math problems in real-life situations.

Math Smart Activity Fun Book

These appealing Activity Fun books provide children with fun-to-do activities to stimulate their interest in learning simple math concepts and skills.

The Smart Early Learning Series

The Smart Early Learning series is developed specifically for preschool to Grade 2 children.

The 16 titles in the Smart Early Learning series not only cover all the essentials that young children should learn but also provide them with fun and simple activities to arouse their interest in learning

Science and Social Studies Open Doors to New Ideas

Outdoor Social Studies

Social Studies

The social studies curriculum provides the opportunity for each student to acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary for social, political and economic participation in a diverse, interdependent and changing world.

 First Grade

  • All About Me
  • Mapping Our Way through First Grade
  • Our Global Community

 Second Grade

  • Neighborhood
  • We Are Earth (environmental awareness)
  • On the Move – Transportation
  • Communications

Third Grade

  • Where Am I? Our Local Community
  • A Long Time Ago is a Lot Like Today – The Bantu of Africa
  • Farming

Fourth Grade

  • Physical Geography
  • Geographical Locations
  • Maps, Charts & Graphs
  • Climate

 Fifth & Sixth Grade

  • Introduction to Historical and Geographic Thought
  • The Ancient World
  • European History to the 15th Century
  • Europe Today
  • Current Events

 Complete Science Smart

Is a workbook series covering the essentials of elementary science.

It provides Grades 1-8 students with succinct information and engaging activities to help them master:

The basic concepts of science and technology

To relate science and technology to society and the environment

To develop the skills needed for scientific inquiry.

 

Brings fun and excitement to Science

Fun and manageable exercises and activities not only reinforce what children have learned at school but they also help stimulate children’s interest in learning science.

Investigate, Observe and Connect

Investigate and Connect: Physical Science offers in-depth information for different content areas—physics, chemistry, and technology. The inquiry-based science experiments offer hands-on, minds-on investigations. These guided activities can easily be adapted to challenge talented students or simplified for students who lack scientific process skills.

Students will internalize many important science concepts when given opportunities to think critically.  Students will learn how to: think of good ideas; plan, schedule, and experiment; collect, organize, and quantify data; build great displays; and present experiments.

Becoming Responsible and Ethical Human Beings

 

 

 

Character Education

We Will Foster Ethical Behavior

Character Education fosters ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share.

Character Education is an intentional and proactive effort to instill in students important core, ethical values such as respect for self and others, responsibility, integrity, and self-discipline.

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Within the character of the citizen

lies the welfare of the nation. ”
— Cicero

We will actively endeavor to instill the following values in our students on a daily basis.

1. Trustworthiness

•  Be honest      –       Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal  

•   Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do  

•   Have the courage to do the right thing  

•   Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

2. Respect

•  Use good manners, not bad language   

•    Be considerate of the feelings of others   

•    Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone   

•    Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

3. Responsibility

•   Do what you are supposed to do   

•    Use self-control    –   Be self-disciplined   

•    Think before you act    –    Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes

4. Fairness

•    Play by the rules    –    Take turns and share   

•    Be open-minded; listen to others   

•    Don’t blame others carelessly    –    Treat all people fairly

5. Caring

•    Be kind     –   Express gratitude   

•    Forgive others    –    Don’t backbite and gossip 

•    Be compassionate and show you care

6. Citizenship

•    Do your share to make your school and community better    

•    Be a good neighbor    –   Make your community a safe place for all

•    Obey laws and rules    –    Respect authority   

•    Protect the environment

 

School Must be a Safe Place

U-Can Students Bullying Code of Conduct

School must be a safe place for each child where there is no fear or intimidation.

Our procedures outline key principles of best practice for both preventing and tackling bullying and other poor social behaviors. We train our staff to recognize and actively deal with all aspects of bullying.  

1.  Zero Tolerance

Bullying of any kind cannot be tolerated.  Bullying behavior, by its very nature, undermines and dilutes the quality of education.

2. Positive school culture

We actively encourage a positive school culture and climate – one that is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusiveness and respect of each person as a unique and special individual. We celebrate our differences and share our unique attributes.

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3.  Effective Intervention

We teach students and staff that they must be proactive in confronting bullying. A strong focus on positive and inclusive behavior has been shown to be effective in helping bullies change their behavior and how they view themselves.

4. Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils 

We will consistently record, investigate, and follow-up bullying behavior. Bullying incidents will be recorded in the student’s file and parents will be called if there is no improvement in behavior. Chronic bullies will be asked to leave the school.

5. Playground will be safe and non-threatening 

The playground and PE sessions will promote team spirit and good sportsmanship. Deliberate verbal abuse or physical contact in order to intimidate or injure a fellow student will be considered a major offense and the student will immediately be reported to the principal. Repeated physical or verbal confrontation will lead to suspension of the student.

6. Internet Safety

We will ensure that proper protocols are in place so that children are kept safe on the world wide web and social media. U-Can administration reserves the right to monitor all internet activity by the students and staff. The school has a written internet protocol that staff and students must abide by.

Daily Timetable

Education is a Partnership between the school and the parents

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Education is a Partnership between the home and the school.

Teachers work hand-in-hand with parents to educate the child. Both have equally important roles and should treat each other with respect. The ultimate goal is the child’s education and the focus should never waver from the same.

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Your child will receive the maximum benefit and make the most progress when the parents and the school work together. 

By working together the home and school build a bridge that:

1.  Develops understanding of your child’s character and learning style.

Each child is unique. The more the teachers and parents work together in understanding the child the better they are able to tap into the child’s potential of becoming a well balanced motivated learner.

2.  Daily journal allows you to regularly monitor your child’s progress.

Students write a daily journal that allows parents to see what is going on in the child’s life.  Homework assignments are written in the journal so parents will know what is expected each day at home. Parents are expected to sign the journal everyday to ensure that they are aware of the teacher’s expectations.  Parents are welcome at any time to make an appointment to meet their child’s teacher to discuss any concerns.

3.  Ensures that home and school are not two separate worlds.

What happens at home has an impact on how the child functions at school. When parents are consciously involved in their child’s learning they can ensure their child will be in the right frame of mind when he/she arrives at school. When parents take the time in the evening to talk to their child about the school day they will become part of a team effort that will bring good results.

4.  Deals with character development issues more effectively

As children grow and mature they need to learn how to get along with their teachers and classmates. They need to become self-governing human beings who have good moral standards and well rounded characters. When the school and parents work together these goals can be more readily achieved.

Understanding is More Important than Knowing

What is Understanding by Design®?

Understanding by Design® (UbD™) is a framework for improving student achievement. Emphasizing the teacher’s critical role as a designer of student learning, UbD™ works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities.

Student Achievement!

To “know” something is only of value if it is “understood” in the context of everyday life.

The educational philosophy of U-Can is that “understanding” is more important than “knowing”.

To “know” something is only of value if it is understood in the context of everyday life.

We use the International SMART Curriculum which incorporates the Understanding by Design® (UbD™) philosophy. UbD focuses on ‘understanding’ rather than ‘memorizing’ information.

Understanding by Design® (UbD™) provides the following benefits:

1. Unifies the students’ learning:

Students are able to make connections between the various subjects because the material is  presented in a unified way. Math, English, Science and Social Studies are all interconnected so that the student can understand how the world works.

2. Encourages skill building:

Teachers can plan for the development of key skills and understandings that transcend individual ideas, strands and subjects. The teacher can integrate materials from various subject areas.

3. Builds on prior knowledge and experiences:

Choosing meaningful connections among subject areas helps students build on their diverse prior knowledge and experiences, supports their holistic view of the world and ensures understanding of the material that is being presented.

4. Reflects the real world:

When curriculum is organized in a holistic way, it better reflects the real world and the way children learn at home and in the community.

5. Matches the way students think:

Brain research supports the theory that young students take in many things and process and organize them at one time. Teaching ideas holistically, rather than in fragmented pieces, better reflects how young students’ brains process information.