Nova Scotia Curriculum

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Nova Scotia’s curriculum is being renewed and modernized to ensure our students have the skills and competencies to be successful in a rapidly changing world. Designing renewed curricula with theEssential Graduation Competencies ensures that we are preparing our students for the future with curriculum that is inclusive, student-centred, and flexible while maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy. For more information on the renewed curricula, please see this short video.

Renewed curriculum provides greater flexibility for teachers, while allowing space to support learner engagement and well-being as students develop their skills and explore their passions and interests.

The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to ensuring high-quality, responsive, inclusive, and equitable education to support the well-being and achievement of every student. The Public School Program site provides direct links to policies, programs, and supporting documents that outline the province’s commitment to supporting student-centred learning environments that ensure the next generation of young Nova Scotians are equipped with the essential skills and competences required to meet the ever-changing demands of our global society.

Beginning this September, teachers will enhance their focus on ensuring that every student transitions effectively to their new grade level. This requires an acknowledgement that opportunities to learn were different for children during at-home learning and that COVID-19 produced or increased disproportional access and opportunities for some students. This is not a reflection of a student’s ability to learn but rather their opportunity to learn. A focus is needed to raise the skill level of learners. To support this work, Foundational Outcome documents for selected courses (9-12 and mathematics P-12) and supplementary support documents (P-12) have been created for selected subjects and grades. Foundational outcomes are not new outcomes and outcomes were not added to any course.

For courses at primary to 8 that have already been renewed, supplementary documents can be found in the resource section for each course on this website. For courses that have not been renewed, Foundational Outcome documents can be found in the At-a-Glance section of each course that they have been developed for, at this time. Supplementary documents for these courses will be housed in the resource section.  Additional materials to support teachers can be accessed from the e-learning site. Please see Supporting Learning 2020 for the full list of curricula support documents.

Parent/Family Information

Parent/Family Information

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Teacher Information

Teacher Information

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Back to School

Back to School Plan

The best place for children to learn is in a safe and supportive environment surrounded by their teachers and friends.

Where it is necessary to learn from home, this summary provides the expectations and is built on what was learned last year and feedback from parents, students, and educators: At-Home Learning Summary

The details in this document are subject to change based on direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Other resources and support documents