Summer Expedition – Grade 7 and 8

Summer Expedition – A Discovery Lens

Is your child currently in Grade 6, 7 or 8. Going into Grade 7, 8 or 9 in September 2021?

Does your child need to improve their reading, writing, comprehension, and technology skills?

Are they losing interest in school?

Explore a FREE 3-week literacy support summer program for WCCSB students completing Grade 6, 7 & 8.

Visual literacy and visual media are used to develop literacy skills in all forms and prepare students for the next grade, Taught by WCDSB certified teachers.  Exclusively remote online, teacher-led learning from home.

Includes a collection of tasks and learning tools that students will find meaningful, educational and fun.

  • narratives
  • storyboarding
  • performance
  • photography
  • basic movie-making
  • stop-motion animation
  • and other visual literacy activities

**Students need access to a computer with internet and any device that will take pictures.  Summer Expedition programming is based on enrolment and is subject to change.

What is Summer Expedition?

Summer Expedition is a FREE learning journey for students currently enrolled in or going into Gr. 7 & 8 in September.  Spend some time this summer finding alternative, fun, engaging activities, infused with educational lessons in literacy, to help them prepare for the next grade level. Summer Expedition will give students confidence, create new excitement about learning, and fill some of the learning gaps using visual literacy tools and activities.   Summer Expedition will only be offered in an online platform this summer.

What is Visual Literacy?

Students at the Intermediate grades are at critical stage in their learning and literacy development that now goes beyond the mechanics of language. We are encouraging the development of research skills, critical thinking and how to convey meaning, thoughts and ideas through reading, writing, as well as creating static and moving images. In this digital age especially, it is more essential than ever that our students develop the necessary visual literacy skills to navigate this image-intense world we live in.

Visual literacy is about language, communication and interaction.

Visual media can be any linguistic tool with which we communicate, exchange ideas and navigate our highly visual digital world.

Summer Expedition –The Discovery Lens will develop literacy skills in all forms.

What will they learn?

Deep learning opportunities come from discovering cave paintings from around the world, Indigenous oral history with art, documentary films made by and for children and even the storytelling behind video games.

Summer Expedition – The Discovery Lens will include a collection of tasks and tools that students will find meaningful, educational and fun.

  • narratives
  • storyboarding
  • performance
  • photography
  • basic movie making
  • stop-motion animation
  • and other visual literacy options

*Students need access to a computer with internet and any device that will take pictures.

Why is Visual Literacy Important?

Information comes at our students in both written text and images. It is vital that our students are fully equipped to process all forms of information, even if they are digital natives.

  • Visual information is 65% more memorable when text is paired with images
  • 90% of information transferred to the brain is visual
  • Helps students communicate with the world around them – interpreting and creating images to convey meaning
  • Enriches deeper levels of meaning and understanding
  • Enjoy learning more when they are engaged and understand context, techniques and story behind image or media consumed
  • Creates more critical thinkers and educated image readers

As part of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s values, creating success for each and a place for all,  Summer Expedition – A Discovery Lens is a literacy support program for students currently attending Grades 6, 7 and 8 classes in a WCDSB Catholic Elementary School and entering Grades 7, 8 and 9 in Fall of 2021.

Students who currently attend a Waterloo Catholic District School Board Catholic Elementary School, please provide your child’s OEN# (Ontario Enrolment Number, a 9-digit number found on your child’s current or past report cards).  Unfortunately, during COVID-19, we do not have the resources to support students who are currently enrolled at a public school, a private school or are homeschooled.  Those students would not be able to participate in Summer Expedition in Summer 2021 and should reach out to their teacher to find out what summer programs their school is offering.

Still not sure if this summer program is right for your child?

Ask yourself:

  1. Would my child benefit from added instructional support at their grade level (Have they shown Level 1 or 2 in some areas of their progress reports)?
  2. Has your child’s day school teacher or principal recommended this program to be beneficial to your child?  If you are not sure, please email them.
  3. Is your child: in Grade 6 entering Grade 7 in Sept 2021 (born 2010)
  4. Is your child: in Grade 7 entering Grade 8 in Sept 2021 (born 2009)
  5. Is your child: in Grade 8 entering Grade 9 in Sept 2021 (born 2008)

3 weeks in July

July 5-23

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00pm

**Remote Online, teacher-led learning**

Registration is NOW CLOSED.

Summer Expedition Registration is CLOSED

For More Information, please contact:

519-745-1201 or email