Active learning is the backbone of our academic framework at Summit Academy. We are committed to fostering healthy, engaged and active participants in their own learning. At Summit Academy, students have opportunities to exercise and cultivate their athletic abilities on a daily basis. Our educators and coaches engage students in cross-curricular learning. Think about it — hockey, soccer and dance involve geometry in action and provide kinesthetic learning opportunities!
Since active learning is at the core of what we do, we ensure it means more than just incorporating activity into the academic day. Active learning is touching, feeling, seeing, doing and ultimately understanding concepts, ideas, theories and more through experience and participation.
Examples of Active Learning
Active learning takes many forms and looks different depending on the grade and subject. In our Primary and Grade 1 classes, active learning uses everything from ‘Munchie Math’ to studying states of matter by making cookies and ice cream to see how matter changes states when heat is added or subtracted. In grade 3, students engage in active learning by incorporating STEM into everyday life, even to design, construct and decorate gingerbread houses during the holidays. In grades 7 & 8, students learn about ecosystems by spending a day on the open water.
These are just a few examples of active learning at Summit Academy. Our students experience active learning constantly in the curriculum, and they are stronger and more passionate learners because of it.
Daily Physical Activity
We build physical literacy at a young age to guide our students towards being active, healthy people for the rest of their lives. We foster active children who promote healthy families, which, in turn, will promote healthy communities.
We build characteristics of Respect, Gratitude, Responsible Leadership, and Safety. At younger levels, we focus on building fundamental movement skills, creative movement, cooperative activities, strategy for games, self-regulation, awareness of self and objects, decision making, commitment and healthy living.
As children get older, we add creative movement, build skill levels for games and introduce new activities that will create lifelong active people. We play age appropriate games that enable all children to participate and learn, regardless of skill level, while challenging higher-skilled children to develop cognition and movement skills. We focus on work ethic, creativity, and positive attitudes. The goal for older students is gaining transferable skills that can be used in multiple activities and walks of life, while exposing them to alternate activities in which they normally might not participate.
Our school is dedicated to being an active school. In our current schedules, each classroom averages 3-4 physical education classes a week, 2 or 3 activity program blocks and a minimum 40 minutes of activity breaks per day. Our teachers are committed to creating active classrooms as well.