Social and Global Studies

VIS strives to reach students from various directions and also hopes to create students who are interested and passionate about peaceful global relations.  For this to happen, it is important that students are exposed to the interconnected systems that have developed throughout history, and that students are given the opportunity to develop perspectives and opinions based on these complexities. Providing the information and then the space for critical analysis to take place is vital in creating Global Citizens, and VIS’ Social Studies and Global Studies program strives to meet these goals using the Ontario Curriculum as a baseline.

Primary- Social Studies

The Primary Social Studies Program fosters a sense of inquiry, curiosity, and experiential learning, through a program which is participatory, engaging, and academically rigorous. It encourages proficiency in the fundamental concepts and terminology of geography, history and social sciences and nurtures a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of society and the environment. It incorporates the Ontario Curriculum Expectations, while infusing global education approaches and philosophy. Students develop research and communication skills, reflect on how the past impacts the present and they work to envision preferred futures. The program provides a balance of independent and collaborative work, seeks to develop organizational and time management skills and includes opportunities for personal reflection, self-assessment and goal setting.

Junior- Social Studies

Social Studies at VIS has a primary focus on the development of culture throughout history and the impacts of that on the world around us. We begin with an exploration of local and global governments followed by a cross Canada adventure, where we learn about the various landscapes and regions of our country. We examine how humans have used and abused the environment and imagine a future that is sustainable and peaceful. The Ontario Curriculum provides the content guidelines and we take these concepts and bring them into a current, real-world framework, basing our studies on actual events relevant to our own human experience.

VIS strives to reach students’ diverse perspectives and also hopes to create students who are interested and passionate about peaceful global relations. For this to happen, it is important that students are exposed to the interconnected systems that have developed throughout history, and that students are given the opportunity to develop perspectives and opinions based on these complexities. Providing the information and then the space for critical analysis to take place is vital in creating Global Citizens, and VIS’ Social Studies program strives to meet these goals using the Ontario Curriculum as a baseline.

Intermediate- Global Studies (Geography)

Global Studies at VIS is as much about geographical landscapes and natural structures as it is about the development of culture.  Beginning with familiarizing students with land formations, maps, and natural disasters, we then move towards relationships between people, nations, and Earth.  We explore climate and migration as well as the diverse populations of our planet and examine how these differing perspectives and experiences influence positive and negative global relations.  The Ontario Curriculum provides the content guidelines and we take these concepts and bring them into a current, real-world framework, basing our studies on actual events relevant to our own human experience.  These learning goals are reached through debates, discussions, research projects and mapping. By the end of Grade 8, students will know the locations of all the countries of the world.