Learning Cycles

The school year at Horizon Academy has been divided into 6 Learning Cycles, 2 for each trimester. These cycles are themed and linked to school activities, academic lessons where possible, and character development work school-wide.

Each theme has been planned with the rationale of national, international, or school activities that will be held during that period of time. School projects will be coordinated during each cycle to help to bring to life not only the theme itself, but also the character values being promulgated for all those weeks.

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#1: September  –  October (~7 weeks)
Theme: CELEBRATION!

Rationale: School, National, and International Events :

  • Belize’s Independence and St George’s Caye Day
  • Happy Birthday, Horizon! (September 7th )
  • Neighboring countries’ independence celebrations
  • Global Hand Washing Day

Subject Links:

  • Science and Organic Gardening – Celebration of life; Living things
  • Social Studies – national symbols and anthem, Culture and Society

Character Development values:

  • Patriotism
  • Friendliness
  • Consideration

School Projects:

  • “All About Me” board in each class

#2: October  – December (~7 weeks)
Theme: C.A.R.E. – Celebrating and Respecting Everyone

Rationale: School, National, and International Events:

  • Focus on the pillars: Self, Family; Schoolmates and School; Community
  • Halloween
  • Garifuna Settlement Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Subject Links:

  • Social Studies – Rights and Responsibilities; My Family and I; Districts; Care of Environment and Natural Resources; Care of Self/Hygiene Character Development values:
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Tolerance

School Projects:

  • All About Me boards
  • Leaves of Kindness
  • Community Service Kindness Projects done by class (1 group per week)

#3: January  – February (~7 weeks)
Theme: BEYOND THE HORIZON

Rationale: School, National, and International Events:

  • New Year’s resolutions and celebrations
  • Valentine’s Day

Subject Links:

  • Science – Solar system
  • Social Studies – Exploring new countries/continents; Landforms and Locations; Latitude and Longitude Character Development values:
  • Cooperation (Give A Little Love)
  • Peacefulness
  • Generosity
  • School Projects:
  • Give A Little Love
  • Exploring the Globe, One Class at a Time/ International Culture Day
    • Pre-K – Honduras          
    • Kinder – Mexico                         
    • Infant 1 – Cuba and Nigeria     
    • Infant 2 – India                        
    • Std. 1 – Jamaica
    • Std. 2 – Japan
    • Std. 3 – Italy
    • Std. 4 – Greece
    • Std. 5 – Egypt
    • Std. 6 – Brazil  

#4: February  – March (~6 weeks)
Theme: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!  

Rationale: School, National, and International Events:

  • Baron Bliss/ National Heroes and Benefactors Day
  • Easter Holidays
  • Sailing
  • Kites

Subject Links:

  • Science – Solar system and Constellations
  • Social Studies – Exploring new countries/continents

Character Development values:

  • Honesty
  • Forgiveness
  • Patience

School Projects:

  • National Heroes class studies
    • Pre-K and Kinder – Baron Bliss      
    • Infant 1 – Cleopatra White                  
    • Infant 2 – George Price                         
    • Std. 1 – Antonio Soberanis                    
    • Std. 2 – Nurse Vivian Seay
    • Std. 3 – Thomas Vincent Ramos
    • Std. 4 – Phillip Goldson
    • Std. 5 – Leigh Richardson
    • Std. 6 – Gwen Lizarraga

#5: April  – May (~6 weeks)
Theme: CAUTION: KIDS AT WORK

Rationale: School, National, and International Events:

  • Sports Day
  • Sacraments for Catholic students
  • Mother’s Day
  • Labour Day
  • PSE

Character Development Links:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership

School Projects:

  • Academic Focus and PSE Prep

#6: May  – June (~6 weeks)
Theme: REASONS TO REJOICE  

Rationale: School, National, and International Events:

  • Commonwealth  Day
  • Staff Trip
  • Teacher’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Sports Day
  • Graduation
  • Summer Holidays

Subject Links:

  • Social Studies – Maya and Africa, Early Civilizations; Tourism

Character Development values:

  • Self Respect
  • Politeness
  • Courage