Mia W. a student at John Muir elementary constructs her mask in the pottery class.

Discovery afternoons at John Muir

Elementary school students get fun options in classroom

John Muir elementary school has started a new program called “Discovery,” where students from grades one through five choose from a list of options a topic they would like to focus on, or discover, in the next four sessions.

Available options are pottery, sewing, beach combing and a special gym class.

Students spend the afternoon with the teacher of their Discovery class.

The program is not grade specific but subject specific, which enables the students to intermingle and “explore new ways of learning” according to Stephanie Hedley-Smith, the school’s principal.

“Teachers are sharing their passion with kids. The kids got to pick what passion they go to,” Hedley-Smith said. “We’ll be doing this for four Fridays, and after the March break we will be doing another four Fridays with something different.

“John Muir wants to help the community too. We will be holding a toy sale in March to help raise money for the food bank in Sooke.”

 

Discovery classes run every second Fridays, and will enjoy a second application after the March break.

The program is influenced by the Journey middle school’s Exploratory program, but it is uniquely structure for students at the elementary level.

 

Just Posted

Life-Altering experience

Six weeks that served to change their view of the world

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Mainly cloudy skies ahead for Friday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

UPDATE: Father on trial for murder describes being ‘tackled’ and ‘stabbed’ in Oak Bay apartment

Oak Bay father takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Province rejects criticism from Saanich councillor over McKenzie Interchange

Transportation ministry says project will ‘significantly lower’ greenhouse gas emissions

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

Most Read