Grade 6 Programs

Overnight In-Residence Programs

An overnight residence experience is the most significant program choice at the Bennett Centre.  A wide range of program options is available but our primary focus is on Division II science and social studies.

Students will partake in hands on, curriculum-based activities and gain many benefits from their experience, including increased social skills; enhanced team building skills and unique lifelong memories.

Our facility is designed to meet the needs for up to two classes (64 people) participating in programs of 2-day or 3-day duration. All instruction, equipment, resources, meals, snacks, student booklets, evening programming (if needed) and overnight supervision is provided by the Bennett Centre. We stress a positive learning atmosphere and hands-on teaching methods. View additional information and requirements for overnight in-residence programs.

Grade 6 programs available for overnight in-residence:

All of the sciences can be done over two days, or any combination as day activities along with social studies.

  1. Science: Evidence & Investigation (November through April)
    Students become forensic scientists and develop inquiry skills as they gather evidence at the crime scene, examine it closely, make predictions and inferences, hypothesize, experiment with different substances and interpret their findings to solve the "mystery."
  2. Science: Flight (November through June)
    Students will experiment with building parachutes, hot air balloons gliders and rockets in order to understand the basic concepts of flight. 

  3. Science: Sky Science (November through April)
    Students learn about objects in the day and night sky through direct observation, models and engaging simulations. They will learn about the motions and characteristics of stars, moons and planets. 

  4. Science: Trees & Forests (September, October, May & June)
    Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification, soil and tree cookie studies, as well as a forest walk. 

  5. Social Studies: Democracy and Decision Making (Year Round)
    The Bennett Democracy unit involves students in a traditional Consensus activity, a modern day Democracy session, and concludes with a historical David Thompson climb which demonstrates a Dictatorship form of government. 

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​Day Programs

To view more detailed information about a program including what to bring and the SLEs covered, please click the title of the program you are interested in to download the program overview.


A day program experience is a shortened version of the overnight in-residence program.  A wide range of activities is available but our primary focus is Division II science and social studies. We stress a positive learning atmosphere and hands-on teaching methods.

All programs are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am and end between 2:30 and 3:00 pm. Instruction, equipment, resources, and student booklets will be supplied. Some bookings may be assigned to a different location. The booking information package you will receive by email will provide you with additional information. View additional information and requirements for day programs

Grade 6 programs available for day programs:

  1. Science: Evidence & Investigation (November through April)
    Students become forensic scientists and develop inquiry skills as they gather evidence at the crime scene, examine it closely, make predictions and inferences, hypothesize, experiment with different substances and interpret their findings to solve the "mystery."
     
  2. Science: Flight (November through April)
    Students experiment with building parachutes and gliders in order to understand the basic concepts of flight. Students will then modify their designs and evaluate the effectiveness of the modifications. They will also witness a demonstration of a hot air balloon. 
     
  3. Science: Sky Science (November through April)
    Students learn about objects in the day and night sky through direct observation, models and engaging simulations. They will learn about the motions and characteristics of stars, moons and planets, and gain a deeper understanding of seasonal cycles, phases of the moon and the apparent motion of the stars. Students move from a simple view of land and sky to the earth as a sphere in motion within a larger universe. 
     
  4. Science: Trees & Forests (September, October, May & June)
    Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification, soil and tree cookie studies, as well as a forest walk. 
  5. Social Studies: Democracy and Decision Making (Year Round)
    The Bennett Democracy unit involves students in a traditional Consensus activity, a modern day Democracy session, and concludes with a historical David Thompson climb which demonstrates a Dictatorship form of government. 

  6. Social Studies & Outdoor Pursuits: Orienteering (Year Round)
    Students progress through a series of mapping exercises, beginning with a room map, then a yard map and finishing with a visit to a nearby city park for a more challenging mapping experience. This program can be done as a full day or in combination with Initiative Tasks or Animal Survival.

  7. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Animal Survival (Year Round) The game is an active, outdoor, tag game dealing with nature's predator-prey relationships. This program works well with a combination of Orienteering or Initiative Tasks.

  8. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Cooperative Games (Year Round)
    A wide range of opportunities for promoting a cooperative attitude using quiet, noisy, small group, large group, indoor and outdoor settings.

  9. Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Initiative Tasks (Year Round)
    Initiative games are designed to promote group cooperation and enjoyment while participating in problem-solving activities that challenge the physical and mental abilities of students. Students will be exposed to new ways of communicating, thinking and problem solving.

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Grade 6 Science Review (Travelling Program) 

  1. Science: Review: Full Day (May & June)
    Prior to writing the Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) our instructors will visit your school and conduct a full day review of all the student Learner Expectations for all five units. Using a “centre” format, students rotate from station to station, recording answers and findings in a student booklet. At the end of each unit of study the student marks the booklet and if time allows writes an exam. The students are left with two excellent study tools - the completed Science Review booklet covering all five Grade 6 science units and five practice PAT tests.

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