Belfountain Public School

Learning for “head, heart and hands”; using our local built and natural environment

Belfountain Public School is a Peel District School Board facility.  It is located in the Caledon village of Belfountain, Ontario, in the heart of the Niagara Escarpment.  THe ECO focus initiative came about as a result of advocacy from the community to incorporate a larger component of ecological/environmental education in the school program.  In response, the school developed a pilot program, which resulted in the rest of the staff agreeing to adopt a school-wide focus the following year.

The goal of the program is for students to become active citizens engaged in their community with an awareness of their role in the local environment. The project has received the help of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation Professional Development program supported by the Ministry of Education, Learning for a Sustainable Future and Antioch New England Co-Seed Project.

The focus on head, heart and hands at Belfountain P.S. addresses thinking and understanding, emotions and relations with others, and the skills needed to actively participate in the world as engaged citizens.The professional experience and understanding of learning leads to organizing learning that is experiential and active, student-centred and holistic in scope. To learn more, please click here.

 Approach:

  • Find learning opportunities in the local community.
  • Form learning partnerships with organizations in the community that allow students and organizations to mutually benefit from the relationship.
  • Take advantage of the interdisciplinary/subject integration opportunities that real –world based learning provides. 

  • Teach specific skills and competencies identified in the curriculum in the context of learning projects.

Key Learning Strategies

Teachers at Belfountain P.S. use many strategies or tools in planning learning.  Described here are those that are most relevant to the goals of educating for head, heart and hands.

  • Using local learning opportunities –Place-based learning

  • Integration

  • Inquiry

  • Peer Teaching

  • Action Learning/Service Learning

  • Celebrations/Reflections

  • Self-Evaluation and Reflection

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