Extended Study Week - Grades 6-8

Extended Study Week (ESW) is a week in Spring when regular Prep classes are suspended in order for students to experience a week of intensive educational exploration, both on and off campus, culminating in an ESW presentation night.


Spring 2020 Programs

Ecosystem Detectives
(Grades 7-8)

How can we uncover the elements and connections of ecosystems and use the knowledge to protect them?

This program will investigate ecosystems, along with their associated flora and fauna, with an emphasis on Barrie's campus but also exploring off-campus parks, trails, and natural areas. 

Through their investigation of ecosystems, students will collect video footage, then use a movie maker application to create videos that explain different aspects of the ecosystem.

Canada: Quebec, Montreal, Trois Rivieres
(Grades 7-8)

What is Canada's identity? What events have shaped Canada's identity? Does being
Canadian have the same meaning to all Canadians?

This ESW will focus on culture, language, and art. Students will visit culturally significant Quebecois locations, including the site of the Battle at the Plains of Abraham, the Musée de la Civilization, la Citadelle, Old Québec & Château Frontenac, Montreal Science useum, and a sugar shack (where folk musical traditions are alive). Academic topics will include cultural formation and identity.

Food, Cooking, and Health
(Grades 7-8 )

What influences regional American cuisine?

Barrie students will explore the concept of regional American cuisine. Students will “do,” discover, create, learn, question, and explain those things that have influenced American cuisine. 

Topics to be explored:

  • Kitchen sanitation and safety
  • Basic knife skills
  • Basic cooking and preparation methods
  • Essential kitchen tools and equipment
  • Regional American cuisines
  • Spices and herbs in regional American cuisine

Chesapeake Bay Field Science
(Grade 6)

How do we measure the health of the Chesapeake Bay? How is the history of the Bay connected to its health?

Connecting science and their learning of American culture in Humanities, Grade 6 students will engage in field investigations, which may include:

  • History and folklore of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Underwater grasses
  • Crabbing, fishing, and oystering
  • Salt marsh explorations
  • Field journals and naturalist views
  • Weather watch

Songwriter's Workshop
(Grades 7-8)

How do we write, play, and record a song?

In this program, students will be given the experience of writing, playing and recording their own music. Students will begin by learning how to create an original melody or lyric and then learn how to extend the idea into a full length composition, and build it vertically through arrangement with other instruments. Students will gain experience with co-writing and music production on Digital Audio Workstations. The culmination of this program will be an original recorded song and track from each student or student group.