Alberta plan for new K-6 school curriculum focuses on basics, practical skills

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s proposed new curriculum for young students focuses on literacy, numeracy and practical skills including computer coding, budgets and public speaking.

The plan for kindergarten to Grade 6, released by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange, applies to eight core subjects.

It also calls for students to be introduced to world religions, Canada’s history, and the contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures — as well as the experiences of the Black and francophone community.

The health and wellness part of the curriculum includes teaching students the importance of boundaries and consent.

The public will be able to have its say in the coming months as the project is piloted in select schools starting in September.

The new curriculum for kindergarten and elementary students is to be applied across the board in September 2022.

A new curriculum for Grades 7 to 10 is to be brought in the following year, and one for Grades 11 and 12 curriculum in September 2024.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press