BC Curriculum

BC Curriculum

The BC curriculum

moving-forwardIntroduced in 2016 for K-9, and phased in from 2017-19 for 10-12, the BC curriculum has been redesigned to support the changing world students are entering. To develop new models, the Ministry of Education consulted with education experts both locally and internationally. They agreed that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be student-centred and flexible, and maintain a focus on literacy and numeracy while supporting deeper learning.

How was this curriculum designed?

classroomThe curriculum was redesigned by a team of educators from across the province. Their work was based on solid research, extensive consultation, and classroom successes from around the world.

What's new in the redesigned curriculum?

reading-writing-mathPersonalized learning is at the heart of the redesigned curriculum, which will help students learn by exploring their interests and passions.

The curriculum is designed to give students a core competency skill-set that will prepare them for the next big steps in their lives, such as post-secondary education and entering the workforce. This core competency skill-set is in the following areas:

  • thinking
  • communication
  • personal and social responsibility

Teachers are given more time and flexibility to explore areas and current topics that are of most interest to students.

Core foundational skills are balanced with learning higher-level conceptual thinking skills.

Aboriginal perspectives and content are integrated into every subject in the redesigned curriculum.

Another key component is career education, which is designed to help students from kindergarten to Grade 12 learn how to effectively manage their life journey towards several possible preferred futures.

Learn more about the redesigned curriculum.

The BC curriculum explained

How has the curriculum been redesigned and how does this benefit student learning? We’ve highlighted some key features of the BC curriculum below:



Assessment and reporting: Elementary 

assessmentClassroom assessment and reporting

For the past few years, staff in School District No. 42 have been exploring a better way to communicate student learning at the K-7 level. Instead of producing a formal written report card, teachers meet with students and parents to conduct a reporting conference.  Through the use of student portfolios, parents are able to see a sample of student work in several learning areas and are able to look at their child’s progress over time.

Learn more at Reporting Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Schools

Provincial assessment and reporting 

Elementary students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 will participate in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual assessment of students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Learn more at Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) For Parents and Students

Assessment and reporting: Secondary

Classroom assessment and reporting

Classroom assessments are an integral part of the instructional process and can serve as meaningful sources of information about student learning. Feedback from ongoing assessment in the classroom can be immediate and personal for a learner and guide the learner to understand their misconceptions and use the information to set new learning goals.

Teachers will report on student progress five times per year with three eReport cards and two student-led conferences.

Provincial assessment and reporting

Graduation assessments are changing to align with the redesigned curriculum and international trends for large-scale assessments. As part of the updated graduation requirements, students in the B.C. Graduation Program will have to complete three provincial assessments. These assessments focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy.

Graduation Numeracy Assessment

The Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is a provincial assessment written in Grade 10. It is a graduation requirement. The GNA is based on mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 10, with an emphasis on K–9.

The GNA is not tied to a specific math course. Rather, it evaluates a student’s numeracy skills developed over the course of their education. Students will use five numeracy processes (different ways of thinking and working) to solve problems: interpret, apply, solve, analyze, and communicate.

Learn more at the provincial GNA webpage.

Graduation Literacy Assessments 

The new Graduation Literacy Assessments (GLA) are a graduation requirement and are written in Grade 10 (GLA 10) and Grade 12 (GLA 12).

Learn more about the GLA 10 at the provincial GLA 10 webpage.

Learn more about the GLA 12 at the provincial GLA 12 webpage.
*Note: The first GLA 12 exam will be held in 2020-21

Selection of learning resources

To support personalized learning, the Ministry of Education has given school districts the freedom to select appropriate learning resources for their students. In the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District, the selection of learning resources follows the guidelines and procedures outlined in the School District 42 Selection of Learning Resources document.

BC curriculum at work inside SD42 classrooms
Helpful math tips for parents

Parents/guardians have a great deal of influence over their child’s attitude towards math. When parents/guardians find ways to engage their child in math, they greatly influence their future success in this area.

Nikki Lineham is a Math Specialist Teacher. In the video below, Nikki touches on some of the concepts she covered at our Parent Math Night in January 2020.

Adapted from https://educatingnow.com/parents/ and http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideNumEn.pdf

Below are a number of considerations that may work for you and your child:

  • Talk about math in a positive way.
  • Persistence and problem solving are essential to math. Some problems take time to solve.
  • Research shows that having a growth mindset (the belief you can get better) is very important for improving in math.Telling your child that you weren’t good at math discourages a growth mindset, and students who hear this message have more difficulties learning math than those who approach math positively.
  • Encourage your child to solve math in different ways. They may want to use objects they can hold, or draw/diagram the problem, or ‘play’ with the numbers. Allow your child to solve problems in ways that make sense to them.
  • Encourage your child to experiment with different approaches to math.
  • Discourage multitasking while a student is trying to learn new math. Multitasking while practicing math they already know is okay.
  • Play games together that use numbers or logic or problem solving.
  • Many digital games have a lot of math (eg. points, virtual money, attack and defence values.). Ask questions that encourage strategic use of the math.
  • Connect math to life (e.g. cooking, driving, telling time, distances, shopping, budgeting)
  • Know that your child can be successful in math. Believing in them will help them be successful.

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