4th-5th Grade (Cycle 3)

In Cycle 3, students reinforce, consolidate, and expand their knowledge across the curriculum.

They apply a new rigor and exactitude to their studies that facilitates communication, lends depth to reasoning, and permits increasingly complex oral and written expression. In Cycle 3, students further establish the structural and organizational foundation that culminates in the autonomy required for future academic success.

Language Arts (Etudes de langage)

Through reading and discussing well-known children’s literature, students will strengthen their basic language arts skills.

Reading and Vocabulary (Lire et vocabulaire)

Reading continues as a priority, both as a tool for learning and as a source of personal pleasure. Students read an expanding range of texts with increasing depth and complexity. Students read a variety of literature (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), and use a variety of strategies to increase their literal and inferential comprehension.

Writing (Ecrire)

Fundamental connections between reading and writing continue to be developed. Productions increase in number and difficulty throughout the cycle. Students use writing as a tool to learn, reflect, and communicate.

Grammar and Spelling (Grammaire et orthographe)

In Cycle 3, students acquire the basic language, grammar, and spelling skills that lead to a gradual understanding of how language works. Skills previously introduced are continually reinforced in subsequent grades.

Speaking and Listening (Expression et comprehension orale)

Speaking and listening skills are introduced and reinforced throughout daily activities. These improve the precision and coherence of student oral communication.

Human Culture (La culture humaniste)

History and geography studies provide students with a thorough knowledge of our world. Students are encouraged to go beyond simplistic cause-and-effect relationships to build a deeper understanding of the world. Reflecting on current events around the world, students are asked to become more aware of fundamental human rights. This will lead to a better understanding of the rules of their social environment (nation, community, family, school and class).


Arts (Pratiques artistiques)

Through alternating between receptive and productive activities, students enhancetheir artistic curiosity, develop their skills, and learn to express themselves.


Mathematics and Science (Culture mathématique et scientifique)

Problem-solving is essential to the mastery of mathematics. The ability to search, think in abstract ways, and prove allows students to establish connections among previously acquired and new concepts.

Problem-Solving (Résolution de problème)

  • Adopt an appropriate strategy to solve a problem
  • Implement the strategy logically
  • Communicate the strategy
  • Discuss the validity of the solution

Numeration (Numération)

  • Order whole numbers
  • Establish arithmetical relationships between numbers
  • Operate techniques for subtraction, multiplication, and Euclidian division
  • Write a decimal number and its fractional equivalent and visa versa
  • Solve problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division of a decimal by an integer, and a decimal division of two integers

Geometry and Measurement (Géometrie et mesures)

  • Reproduce, describe (using the appropriate vocabulary), represent and construct common geometrical objects
  • Perform actions on plane figures: perfecting reproduction, construction and transformation techniques (axial symmetry, enlargement, reduction)
  • Measure different quantities: length, mass, duration, area, volume (using the metric and the U.S. customary system)

Probability and Statistics ( Probabilité et statistiques )

  • Make predictions using experimental probability
  • Collect and analyze data

Science and Technology (Science et technologie) 

Students use their base of experience and a hands-on approach to rationally investigate objects and events beyond their personal environment. They learn to formulate questions, as well as propose rational solutions derived from observations, measurements, data comparisons, and documentation. Through library and information technology each student is encouraged to become a lifelong reader/learner. In Cycle 3, students acquire more advanced research skills that support and enhance learning across the curriculum.


Physical Education (Education physique)

Physical education develops the student physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally. Students engage in a wide variety of activities including collective, individual, and expressive games.