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Primary (Grades 1-3) 223
Primary (Grades 1-3)

Introduction to the Primary Division
From The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Language, 2006 (revised) the Ontario Ministry of Education notes:
The expectations for Grades 1 to 3 focus on the foundational knowledge and skills that students need in order to establish a strong basis for language development. These include students’ oral language, prior knowledge and experience, understanding of concepts about print, phonemic awareness, understanding of letter-sound relationships, vocabulary knowledge, semantic and syntactic awareness, higher-order thinking skills, and capacity for metacognition.
Most of what primary students know about language comes from listening and speaking with others, being read to by adults, and interacting with media texts such as advertisements, television programs, video games, songs, photographs, and films. The expectations for language build upon the prior knowledge and experience that students bring to Ontario classrooms from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Because this base of knowledge, experience, and skills varies from student to student, it is important for instruction to be differentiated to meet the needs of individuals and small groups of students.
For a complete summary of the Primary learner from the Language Curriculum refer to the link below:
The York Region DSB offers two quality French as a Second Language programs, Core French and French Immersion: 
  • French Immersion is an optional program that consists of full-day French instruction starting in Grade 1, at a designated school in your attendance area.  Registration is necessary. 
  • Core French consists of 40 minutes per day of French instruction beginning in Grade 4 at your local school.  Enrolment in Core French is automatic when a child reaches Grade 4.  Core French is compulsory from Grade 4 to Grade 9.
The vision of the French as a Second Language Curriculum is that “students will communicate and interact with growing confidence in French, one of Canada’s official languages, while developing the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they need to participate fully as citizens in Canada and in the world.”
For more information, please see the Introduction of the French as a Second Language curriculum.


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