Summer Expedition – Grade 6, 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 2023?

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

Has their teacher recommended additional supports in these areas?

Do they need a renewed interest in school?

Explore a FREE 3-week literacy and numeracy support summer program for students completing Grade 6, 7 & 8. Visual literacy and visual media are used to develop literacy skills in all forms. Numeracy and technology skills are critical. Take the extra instructional time to prepare students for the next grade, Taught by WCDSB certified teachers.

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

  • narratives
  • storyboarding
  • performance
  • photography
  • basic movie-making
  • coding, robotics and use of various technology
  • Minecraft for Education
  • stop-motion animation
  • and other active and engaging visual literacy and numeracy activities

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 and numeracy, 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, math, coding and technology and blended interactive activities.

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

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.

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

Who Can Attend?

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 and numeracy support program for students currently attending Grades 6, 7 and 8 classes and entering Grades 7, 8 and 9 in Fall of 2023.

Students who currently attend any publicly funded Elementary school, please provide your child’s OEN# (Ontario Enrolment Number, a 9-digit number found on your child’s recent report cards).  Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to support students who are currently attending a private school or are homeschooled.

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 2023 (born 2011)
  4. Is your child: in Grade 7 entering Grade 8 in Sept 2023 (born 2010)
  5. Is your child: in Grade 8 entering Grade 9 in Sept 2023 (born 2009)

July 4 to July 21, 2023 

Monday to Friday

9:00am to 12:00pm (in-person)

Locations to be determined.

ONLINE Registration starts in March 2023

Please contact if you have questions.

For More Information, please contact:

519-745-1201 or email