Grades 1 – 6 Activities

We believe part of fostering a child’s development is to provide opportunities to explore the world beyond the classroom. Our programming includes, at no extra cost, sign-up and daily free-flow activities for our grades 1-6 students.

Our sign-up activities provide an introduction to arts, music, dance and physical activity, and all of our activities focus on fun, education, independence, and team-work, with a flexible structure based on the child’s needs and abilities. Sign-up activities occur between the hours of 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. – for detailed descriptions of each please see below.

Grades 1-6 Weekly Activity Schedule

Day Sign-up Activities Free-flow Activities
Monday Senior Yoga (Grades 4-6) Offered every day of the week:

Arts

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Structured projects

Crafts

  • Sewing
  • Beading
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting

Games

  • Chess
  • Board games

Lego building

Physical activity, outdoor & indoor

Karaoke

Fridays only:
Bingo

Scrapbooking (Grades 3-6)
Watercolour Painting (Grades 2-6)
Tuesday Irish Dancing (Grades 2-6)
Drama (Grades 4-6)
Karate (Grades 1-6)
Junior Baseball (Grades 1-3)
Wednesday Photography (Grades 4-6)
I Speak Science (Grades 4-6)
Junior Yoga (Grades 1-3)
Thursday Ukelele (Grades 1-6)
Junior Hip Hop (Grades 1-3)
Senior Hip Hop (Grades 4-6)
Art Through Time (Grades 1-6)
Senior Baseball (Grades 4-6)
Friday Sewing (Grades 1-6)
Beginner Tap*
Intermediate Tap*
Improv and Puppetry (Grades 1-6)

Our Sign-up Activities

PSA's yoga program

Yoga

(grades 1-6)

Taught by certified yoga instructors Ruth Wani (Aamba Yoga Studio) and Flo-Ann Hamilton, the PSA’s yoga program is specifically designed for children ages 6 to 12 and focuses on overall well-being. Using a game-based approach, children learn basic yoga techniques in a safe and caring space. Practiced yoga poses help build core strength, concentration and body awareness. Positive stress-management techniques and mindfulness through deep breathing and meditation are also taught.

PSA's karate program

Karate

(grades 1-6)

Taught by karate veteran Sensei Andrew Watson (Dojo Studio), our karate program is a fun way to achieve fitness, self-discipline and confidence. Children are introduced to basic karate concepts at their own pace through fun warm-up exercises, kick, block and punch techniques, stances, and choreographed self-defense techniques, called ‘Kata’; demonstrations and discussions center on the art of self-defense and anti-bullying strategies. Stress and anger management techniques, conflict resolution strategies and mediation are also taught.

PSA's guitar program

Ukulele

(grades 1-6)

Ron Griffin (Lalala Creative Workshops) brings both technique and enthusiasm to our ukulele classes. Sessions give children a basic understanding of chords, rudimentary playing techniques and instill a life-long love of music. Students learn songs over the course of the year and enjoy participating in the year-end show to demonstrate their newfound musical abilities. Students must bring their own ukulele.

PSA's drama program

Drama

(grades 4-6)

Our drama program helps build a child’s confidence and self-esteem by giving them the opportunity to engage in role-play, movement activities and improvisation. Children develop cooperative relationships and independence while working on a larger piece throughout the year, which is performed in the end-of-year show.

I Speak Science

(grades 4-6)

I Speak Science is a new organization that aims to cultivate the next generation of creative, critical thinkers by engaging elementary and middle school children in fun hands-on activities, building their confidence and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

Offered as an after-school programming option, students will enjoy hour-long, age-appropriate, inquiry-based activities, each presented with a real-world
connection. I Speak Science’s 14 modules will cover topics in brain science, chemistry, computer coding, physics, math, general biology and critical thinking – all delivered by graduate students in relevant STEM degree programs. Our graduate student volunteers will receive guidance and training, empowering them to deliver the clear, compelling communication necessary to educate and inspire young

minds.

Developed by three female neuroscientists who discovered their shared passion for science while working and studying at Yale University, I Speak Science is committed to promoting a future in which every individual – regardless of background, gender or ethnicity – has the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to achieve at their utmost and fulfill their potential – whatever their dreams may be!

Hip Hop, Tap and Irish Dance

(grades 1-6 and 2-6)

In addition to promoting an active lifestyle, our dance programs give children the opportunity to explore self-expression and creative freedom. We offer 3 separate dance programs: Hip-hop (grades 1-6), Irish dance (grades 2-6) and tap (grades 2-6). Each class introduces children to basic steps, simple choreography and movement within a defined space. Tap is offered at both the beginner and advanced levels. Shoes are supplied by PSA if needed.

Winning photograph by Ben E.M. of PSA's photography program

Photography

(grades 5-6)

Focusing on the creative side of photography, our program teaches children digital photography in a collaborative environment. Students gain a basic understanding of point-and-shoot camera controls, and are introduced to rules of composition. Short excursions within and around the school are organized weekly, where students are encouraged to visually explore their surroundings. The year ends with a photography contest, where students show off their artistic accomplishments and potentially win a prize. Cameras are provided for each session.

PSA's bingo on Fridays

Free-flow Activities

(all grades)

In addition to our sign-up activities, children are also invited to explore our free-flow activities. Offered every day of the week, these activities promote sharing and foster awareness through community engagement projects. Activities include:

Arts – painting, drawing, structured projects
Crafts – beading, sewing, knitting, crocheting
Games – chess, board games
Lego building – cooperative and solo play
Physical activity – outdoors and indoors, organized and free-play

Children can enjoy a special round of Bingo on Fridays as well.

For more information about our activities or program please contact us. To register for the school year please visit our Fees & Forms page.