Intermediate Education
(Grades 2-5)

Intermediate education at Urban Academy is where students delve into exploring and presenting their findings on diverse perspectives. With a focus on culture and community, they enhance their understanding of the physical, cultural and digital world in which they live and their place within it.

We believe that by empowering children, they will create their own pathways to success.

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about intermediate

Urban Academy intermediate students learn to expand their perspectives and appreciate the diversity around them. They use research, technology, the arts and presentations as vehicles to share information. Empowering them to take action with regard to issues that they are passionate about, they begin to learn that they can effect change.


At the end of the school year, Urban Academy holds an Intermediate Exhibition where students in Grade 5 have the chance to display their knowledge and passion. The process of building the skills necessary for this large scale exhibition begins in Grade 2.  By Grade 5 they have learned the skills necessary to conduct a group exhibition project in the spring of Grade 5. Students learn about proper research and reporting skills, as well as presentation and public speaking opportunities. With the support of mentors outside of their classroom teacher, students commit to large projects from idea to fruition.


Throughout the school year, students learn to apply new skills to real life situations, bringing learning to life. Arts-focused education and field study trips also connect students to their inquiry units and provide opportunities to make real world connections.


During the intermediate years, students are introduced to a comprehensive technology program, including teaching students how to use the Internet responsibly. Through programs like Common Sense Media, students will learn about digital citizenship relevant to their age level, as well as Internet safety, basic computer programs and typing.


There is also a significant and continued focus on social and emotional development through programs that allow students to explore how to make choices, work through challenges and become successful team members.

Creative Learning

Students are introduced to more complex art techniques including printmaking and mosaic. They explore who created these art forms and how they are a part of different cultures. Teachers use the elements of music to support math education such as quarter notes and half notes, often connecting math and art by exploring elements of symmetry and replication. We focus on making students literate in every sense and musical literacy is no exception. Students can join junior choir and work with a variety of musical instruments including recorders, ukuleles, xylophones and other percussion instruments.

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Innovative Learning

From apps to iPads, students learn through the innovations of today. They are introduced to new apps that enable them produce presentations and demonstrate their learning through such programs as Powerpoint, Avatar Presentations and Book Creator where they make their very first poetry books. Further, students participate in a technology class where they continue to build on their computer skills, getting comfortable with the latest software and programs.

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Experiential Learning

Students venture into the outdoor environment each week to observe how the scenery is changing, enjoy recess and daily physical activity outdoors and also take Physical Education and Science labs outside. They use their environments as inspiration for poetry and literacy, drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature. Students also explore Mount Seymour for snowshoeing and skating days and participate in camp week at the end of the year. Further, students use outdoor elements in their art projects, bringing found items in and using them in new and thoughtful ways.

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Real World Integration

Urban Academy connects students with thought leaders and experts in their field of interest who can offer information and insights on projects and areas of study. Through a deliberate mindfulness program, students are taught how their brain has been created, the different parts and how it determines their actions and reactions. There are routines in place that build independence, balanced with "buddy time" with younger mentees to work through projects, reading and math games and ultimately build leadership skills.

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Grades 2-5 Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Reading and writing activities connected to units of inquiry
  • Developing oral presentation skills
  • Exploring fiction and non-fiction stories and texts
  • Refining skills in both reading and writing – continual assessments of reading and comprehension skills through Developmental Reading Assessments
  • Discovering spelling and cursive writing programs


  • Developing critical thinking skills including introduction to passage of time, units of measurement (length, mass, volume and area) and exploring perimeters
  • Relating math to real world situations, beyond rote memorization and computation

Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness

  • Understanding the importance of mindfulness in day to day life and personal wellness
  • Learning conflict resolution techniques

PE & Health

  • Developing an awareness of the various aspects of personal health in developing a balanced lifestyle
  • Discovering physical activity preferences
  • Playing indoor and outdoor games and organized sports

Social Studies

  • Studying current and past Canadian events to learn to analyze information and understand various beliefs, values and world views
  • Learning through Indigenous ways of knowing and being


  • Engaging in hands-on, inquiry-based activities and experiments
  • Learning safety with tools


  • Using class sets of iPads
  • Discovering various educational apps used to enhance student learning
  • Exploring coding through the use of apps and robots
  • Obtaining an introduction to circuit boards


  • Developing oral language skills
  • Learning to write in French
  • Exploring topics related to units of inquiry


  • Exploring various skills and media
  • Developing fine art skills
  • Engaging in artist studies


  • Playing drama games that teach students to better understand their bodies and the space around them
  • Engaging in two major performances per year
  • Developing oral presentation skills
  • Learning through movement activities


  • Exploring orff and percussion instruments
  • Choosing between learning the recorder or ukulele
  • Playing music games
  • Exploring rhythm, beat, tempo and pitch

Field Study

Field study is linked to units of inquiry and subject to change from year to year. Examples include:

  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
  • Surrey Children’s Festival
  • Visiting the VSO
  • Attending the ballet
  • Going to Granville Island Theatre (Plays)
  • Experiencing Mount Seymour
  • Visiting UBC Organic Farm

Career Education

  • Developing good leadership skills through buddy work with other students and community service
  • Engaging in community service club opportunities
  • Developing good learning and work habits
  • Understanding goal-setting
  • Discovering problem solving skills
  • Exploring self-identity through project-based initiatives


  • Sharing books with peers
  • Developing an understanding of favourite genres


Demonstrated Learning

As preparation for long-term success, students in the intermediate program will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge. Students use diverse subjects and methods to showcase findings and explain their ideas, setting them up for long term success in their careers as they learn to make a case, present an argument and share ideas.

Creative Solutions

There’s always more than one way to solve a problem. At Urban Academy, we encourage our students to tackle issues from more than one angle, anticipate flaws in their arguments and explore new ways of thinking. Students are given opportunities to take greater risks to reach innovative, creative solutions to complex problems.

Computer Intelligence

Being part of the real world extends to applications and innovative solutions in the world all around us. Students learn to react to problems with a more innovative mindset, key insights to online behaviour and safety and practical applications for a highly relevant education experience.

Extracurricular Activities

Beyond the classroom, students explore activities such as public speaking opportunities, with a variety of clubs offered to intermediate students to empower them as they build courage and confidence, take risks and apply knowledge.


Students engage in excursions like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to learn about sustainability and discover performance by attending the VSO. They discover properties of matter through real-life experiences like ice skating. Students also have the opportunity to play intramural sports, participate in student-led conferences, engage in Body Science Awareness, attend our Remembrance Day assembly, camp week, Terry Fox run and Sports Day. Parents get involved in activities as well with a Mother’s Day tea, the Winter Concert, Artastic Art Exhibit, Spring Play and parent teacher conferences.

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Student Services

The “extras” beyond the classroom create meaningful experiences and ensure every student is connected, learning, and invigorated.

  • Out of school care
  • Technology for learning and research
  • Library
  • Drama and music specialist instruction.
  • Ongoing academic assessment
  • Bus transportation
  • Assembly twice a week
  • Grades 4+ are entered into a house system with 4 houses
  • Mindfulness education
  • Digital literacy training

Latest News

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Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 16, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students will be practicing a lock down drill on Monday morning at Robson from 9:45am to 10:45am and at Uptown from 11:15am to 12:15pm. Students will not be able to leave the property and we cannot admit guests. If your child is late, we will not be […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 9, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you to our parents who joined us for the Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday at Queens Ave United Church. The middle school students took the lead on the music and poetry and one of our graduates this year was our speaker. Alice Pinheiro spoke on valuing peace […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

November 2, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Our students enjoyed their week, especially with Hallowe’en in the middle of it, always a special time of year for youngsters. Please scroll down in today’s email to see an invitation from our Board of Directors to the community AGM on November 20. We look forward to hosting […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 26, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a full and productive week. We have completed some baseline assessments in the school; School Wide Writes to assess the level of writing from primary through to senior, Numeracy Assessments in Grades 2-6 and individual Reading Assessments in Grades 1-5. This helps us plan instruction […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 18, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It was a wonderful week working with your children. We are getting to know our new students and new families well and we appreciate our veteran families reaching out to those who are new to the community to make them feel welcome. The volunteer opportunities are starting to […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 12, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, It has been a glorious autumn week, the weather is lovely and the colours are starting to turn. It is also cooler, especially in the mornings. Please ensure that your child has outdoor wear that will allow them to play outdoors, we take the students out everyday and […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

October 5, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Field study, athletics and co-curricular opportunities are well underway for the fall term. Our boys’ Grade 5 Soccer team won handily playing Meadowridge this week and girls’ Volleyball played hard at Southpointe. Our athletic program is growing and our students are becoming more confident competitors. We are looking […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 28, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful final week of September. It was a pleasure hosting our new families at the New Parents’ Reception on Wednesday night and we hope that they enjoyed the chance to connect with community leaders and spend a little time getting to know each other. […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 21, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for a wonderful week as we settle back into school routines and establish new ones for our new families. On Monday of the upcoming week, September 24, our full school assembly takes place at Olivet Baptist Church from 1:30pm to 2:10pm. This first assembly is always […]

Head of School’s Weekly Message

September 14, 2018 Dear Urban Academy Families, Thank you for joining us for the Meet the Teacher evenings at both campuses this week. This is an important part of orientation for new families but also for our returning families, as they get to know the expectations of a new grade, curriculum and new set of […]

Coming up

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November 20, 20187:00 pm / 8:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

November 23, 2018

Pro-D Day – No School

November 26, 2018 to December 7, 2018

PAX Holiday Toy Drive

November 28, 2018

Surrey Art Centre – Grade 1

The Grade 1 classes will visit the Surrey Art Centre for a gallery tour and textile workshop. Student's will examine their community and create their own print in response to local ...


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Integrated Approach

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Urban Academy innovates the way learning happens, bringing the latest breakthroughs into every aspect of the educational experience.

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At Urban Academy, learning transcends the classroom and outdoor education is an integral learning tool at each grade level.

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We believe that by inspiring children, they will accomplish great things.

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We believe that by allowing children to demonstrate their knowledge, they will build confidence.

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We believe that by encouraging children to lead, they will change the world.

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