Links for all curriculum can be found at: http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/Divisions/
Math – Western Canadian Math Curriculum K-12 (www.wncp.ca); new May 2006 for Kindergarten
Language Arts (English) – NWT E.L.A. Curriculum K-3 white binder (2004),
(see www.wncp.ca for approved resources)
Also NWT ELA Tools forAssessment and Planning (binder)
Dene Perspective – Dene Kede K-6 - Curriculum and Teacher's Manual (1993), (see also
Science – K-6 NWT Science (2004) Science and Technology
Social Studies – 2008 NWT Kindergarten SS curriculum, Territorial Pilot of K-3
Health – NWT School Health Program (1988); NWT Tobacco Education (2004)
Physical Education – Physical Education (Alberta, 2000), (available at
Language – TCSA Tåîchô Language Scope and Sequence K-9
(available fromTåîchô Language Centre, Rae)
Fine Arts – Saskatchewan Arts Education Curriculum (1991, 1994)
Call TCSA Board Office if you cannot find copies of these documents in your school.
Hours Of Instruction and Timetabling
Kindergarten programs in the NWT are to be provided for a minimum of 485 hours per year, for children age 5 by December 31 of the current school year. Attendance in Kindergarten is not mandatory in the NWT.
- Elementary Junior Secondary School Handbook
Importance of Integration
Foundational understanding for each Required Area of Study is best developed with young children through integrated experiences. A thematic approach in an activity-centred environment is most appropriate. Foundational understanding in several areas will develop as children use numerous concrete materials and participate in teacher-directed experiences such as going on outings and singing songs. An activity such as block building can lead, for instance, to the learning of math concepts ("How many blocks do you think we'll need?"), science concepts ("How can we move these big blocks over there?") social studies concepts ("This city needs a fire hall and a police station.") and language development ("Lets make a sign that says, `Please don't knock our tower over!' "). The Kindergarten program should emphasize the following in order to develop each student's understanding: student-centred purpose; use of manipulative materials; hands-on experiential play; observation, language use and reflection; and support from the teacher.