What Makes us Different
At UMS we pride ourselves in being a school that provides a cutting edge, interactive curriculum and programme enhancements for our students. We understand that learning is never static, and because of this our research and innovation team is continually working to ensure our elementary programme provides growth opportunities to our students in 21st century learning environment. Some of our program enhancements include:
UMS was one of the first private schools in Canada to offer a one-to-one iPad program for elementary students. The iPad program provides our students an interactive learning experience that supports our traditional in classroom learning.
Each year, UMS students in grades 6-8 compete in a national mathematics challenge. There are over 285 participating schools, nation-wide, and the contest requires students to use higher order thinking skills to excel. UMS has ranked consistently amongst the top schools across Canada.
Reading A-Z.com is well-known for its vast library of printable and projectable readers at 27 levels of difficulty. There are also books in many genres and formats, fluency passages for timed reading, customizable worksheets, poetry, reader’s theater scripts, Spanish resources, and dozens of other classroom resources and tools. Our teachers are able to benchmark individual reading levels, create individualized solutions including printable books, worksheets and lesson plans.
Raz-Kids.com provides hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning student-centric site gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers. At the same time, teachers can customize assignments, view reports, and track student progress every step of the way.
ScienceA-Z.com offers a wide range of leveled, downloadable materials and printable worksheets, activities and lesson plans for four key categories of science — Life, earth,physical, and process science. Blending literacy with dynamic science content, ScienceA-Z.com is designed to ensure every student can learn key science concepts while improving their reading skills.
UMS is one of the first schools to introduce financial literacy into their curriculum. Grade 6 and 7 students, each dedicate one of their mathematics units to financial literacy. They learn about a variety aspects of key financial concepts including budgeting, setting personal financial goals, savings, borrowing, the stock market and investing, banking, etc.
This is a self-paced, individualized, computer assisted reading program. Students choose a book within their level and read it at their own pace. The student then takes a computerized, multiple-choice quiz that measures their comprehension of the book. Student and teachers are able to get immediate, individualized feedback.
UMS has procured access to Learning A-Z websites and resources. Spanning three key content areas — Reading, writing, and science — Learning A-Z’s websites deliver leveled books, printable worksheets, projectable activities, and interactive online classroom resources designed to meet the unique needs of every Pre-kindergarden to grade 6 student. Learning A-Z helps our teachers to differentiate their instruction with customized online learning solutions from Casa up to grade 6 students.
Regular exercise is essential to children’s overall health and positive development. Students participate in formal Physical Education classes with trained teachers, as well as in a wide variety of intramural and competitive sports teams. Our competitive teams compete against other local schools. Physical Education classes follow the Ontario Health and Physical Education Association curriculum. In these classes, not only do the students have the opportunity to be physically active while learning important skills, but they also work on developing their self-esteem, learn about good sportsmanship, and develop positive exercise habits while having a great deal of fun. Our Elementary programme also offers students many sports teams, such as basketball, volleyball, golf, swimming, soccer, cross country, floor hockey, and many more.