School Curriculum-Based Teacher Resources

With diverse programming options, students can experience hands-on learning in performing arts, studio arts, heritage programs, recreation, youth education, and more!

Explore curriculum-based learning opportunities in your own community!

Take them on an education journey. Let their imaginations soar.

Allow your curriculum to come alive with the Town of Oakville’s school programming opportunities. With unique programming options, students can experience hands-on learning in performing arts, studio arts, recreation, youth education, heritage programs, and more. Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and amenities. Programs complement existing elementary and secondary school curriculum with lesson plans provided. Custom options available to suit your teaching needs.

Please browse our 2019/2020 School Curriculum Companion (PDF) to learn more about the current school year programs and activities offered. Please note: Information in this booklet was current at the time of printing and is subject to change.

Learn more about Museum tours including Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad; theatre performances about the civil rights movement and Canadian history; Swim to Survive lessons and recreational skating; innovative arts and culture activities; and customized youth programs. When incorporated into the school curriculum, we believe these programs will enhance the student learning experience and assist teachers with extra-curricular lesson planning.

Want to be added to our teacher email list about upcoming school curriculum events? Please email and we would be happy to add you or your school.

Did you know?

  • The TD Learning with the Arts student matinee program includes a question and answer period.
  • The Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom program provides free arts, culture and heritage programs to Oakville’s publicly funded elementary students. Look for the community classroom logo when booking your program.
  • Skate and helmet rentals are available at select arenas.
  • Oakville's aquatics programs are available at five indoor pools that are open year-round and five outdoor pools open from June until the beginning of September.
  • The Town of Oakville is proud to hold Play Works’ Gold Youth Friendly Community designation for its outstanding commitment to providing young people with opportunities to play, participate in and contribute to their community.
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) is the only centre of its kind in all of Canada, combining both culture with fitness.

Click on the headings that follow and links provided for more information. Lesson plans for QEPCCC are provided under the Studio Arts heading.

The Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Classroom program provides free arts, culture and heritage programs to Oakville’s publicly funded elementary students. All Community Classroom programs are curriculum-based and provided in partnership with local arts, cultural and heritage groups.

The program provides in-school performances and instruction for students in the primary grades. Busing and admission to activities for students in junior and intermediate grades is also offered at no cost. Community Classroom funding is only available for one program per student.

Community Classroom is designed to help Oakville’s elementary school students better understand their local community through arts, cultural and heritage-based programming, and to strengthen their sense of belonging to Oakville.

How to book

Community Classroom programs and busing require a specific booking through the Oakville Community Foundation website at


Run an Anti-Idling Campaign by downloading the Anti-Idling Campaign Resource Kit that includes speaking notes, curriculum links, newsletter inserts, idling tracking sheets and anti-idling badges for the kids to decorate and wear.

If you are interested in running a campaign, please contact and the town will provide you with posters, an outdoor banner, safety vests, and anti-idling window decals free of charge.

Halton Children’s Water Festival

The Halton Children’s Water Festival combines Ontario curriculum requirements and fun with hands-on learning activity centres throughout the event in a natural outdoor setting. Nearly 60 interactive activity centres teach children about water conservation and protection, water health and safety, water science and technology, and water and society.

Visit for details.


Trisha Henderson, Environmental Coordinator
905-845-6601, ext. 3948

Fitness and Sports

Oakville’s fitness and recreational programs focus on providing essential physical literacy experiences, as well as embracing fundamental movement skills for quality learning. We invite you and your students to get active with the Town of Oakville! All programs are available year-round.

Choose from:

  • Fitness/Squash/Racquetball
  • Squash Court or Racquetball Court Access – Age: 6+
  • Fitness Centre Access – Age: 14+
  • Fitness Class (Instructed) – Age: 5+
  • Sports
  • Sport or Active Play in Gymnasium – Age: 5+
  • Sports or Active Play in Gymnasium with Instructor – Age: 5+

How to book

Glen Abbey Community Centre – contact Susan Kammermayer at or 905-845-6601, ext. 3568

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre – contact Lisa Pemberton at or 905-845-6601, ext. 3728

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre – contact Anita Weisseneder at or 905-845-6601, ext. 4609

River Oaks Community Centre – contact Bob Pawliw at or 905-845-6601, ext. 3368

Swim Programs

Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in Canada for those 55 years of age and under. The Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Swim to Survive® standard defines the essential minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water.

Swim to Survive classes are provided as part of the Grade 3 public school and the Grade 4 Catholic School curriculum. Students are bussed to a Town of Oakville pool for three in-water lessons focusing on the sequence of three skills: roll into deep water; tread water for one-minute; and swim 50 metres.

Swim to Survive Plus builds on the skills taught in Swim to Survive and is geared toward presenting real-life situations for children in Grade 7. Participants will learn:

  • How to roll, tread and swim with clothes on.
  • How to help a friend in deep water without putting themselves in danger.
  • Basic physical fitness concepts through interval training and a fitness swim.

How to book

Contact Jonathan Brooker, Aquatics Coordinator, White Oaks Pool
905-845-6601, ext. 3466

Skating Programs

Zooming around the cool ice is a fantastic way to embrace winter (or warmer temperatures) and get active. Oakville’s Recreation and Culture department is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all skaters and invite you to get on the ice with your students.

For your convenience, a limited supply of free skate and helmet rentals are now included in our school recreational skates at Maple Grove Arena, River Oaks Community Centre, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

Halton Public and Catholic Schools

We remind both Halton District Public and Catholic school board teachers that ice can be rented through the Reciprocal Agreement.

Independent Schools

Schools with CORE status should advise staff at time of call for current rates.

How to book

Contact Town of Oakville Facility Booking staff

This program is offered to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students only.

Children between the age of 4 and 7 years are at a greater risk of injury from fire. In fact, they are almost twice as likely to die in a home fire. The Oakville Fire Department offers assistance delivering an important portion of the wellness curriculum using free Learn Not to Burn resources.

The programs are offered at no cost. The lessons students learn will reduce the chances of experiencing a fire, by addressing smoke alarm issues in the home, and will assist families in having an early warning should a fire occur.

How to book

Call 905-338-4404 to book a program visit from the Oakville Fire Department.

Contact Glenn Barwell, Public Education Officer

Led by professional artists and arts educators, Oakville Galleries’ Artist in the Classroom school programs make the visual arts accessible and engaging through fun-filled, hands-on lessons featuring specialized materials and links to the curriculum.

For more information, visit or contact us at 905-844-4402, ext. 26 or

Once home to Oakville’s founding family, the historic Erchless Estate is now the setting for Oakville’s community museum. Through historical artifacts, hands on activities, stories, and interactive presentations, the museum’s education programs help students immerse themselves into historical experiences that offer unique opportunities to experience our shared living heritage.

The Oakville Museum offers both onsite and in-class education programs with specific curriculum links to a wide variety of subjects and grade levels. We are committed to offering inquiry-based learning as outlined by the Citizenship Education Framework. Museum programs for early learners are based on learning through play. All programs can be adapted for Kindergarten students.


Susan Crane, Learning and Community Outreach Officer
905-845-6601, ext. 5019

The Oakville Public Library is uniquely suited to help students explore Digital Literacy, Communications and more.

As fake news becomes prevalent in our everyday lives, help your students (grades 7 to 12) to analyze, decipher and critique what they read. We will showcase trusted digital resources that can be used in their research projects.

Students (grades vary) will gain access and exposure to new technology that cultivates discovery and creativity, fostering discussion on how technology impacts everyday life. Open the School Curriculum Companion for details.


Jennifer Patrick, Program Development Librarian
905-338-4247, ext. 5308

Literacy, numeracy and other curricula come alive for students with the Learning with the Arts program at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Bringing the excitement of high quality theatre, music and dance to children and providing students with inspiring and rewarding experiences that support their creative development. Geared toward elementary and secondary school curriculum.

How to book

Contact Claudia Stampone at 905-338-4161, ext. 3212 or Elizabeth Harvey at 905-338-4161, ext. 3201

The Town of Oakville offers customized programs to meet the needs of at-promise students looking to reach their full potential. Our programs provide students with unique opportunities for engagement and alternative learning environments.

Recognizing the unique abilities, interests and creativity of every student, our team of staff will work with you to design, modify and incorporate programming content to deliver the best possible outcome.

Customized programs allow for teachers to leverage arts, music and cultural programming to optimize student experience and enhance engagement through innovative learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting.

How to book

Contact Nabeel Rahman, Community Development Specialist
905-845-6601, ext. 3619

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) is a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility that includes:

  • fine art, ceramics, woodworking, theatre and dance studios
  • a gallery and museum space
  • aquatics centre
  • rock climbing wall, and
  • gymnasiums.

Request form for QEPCCC programs

To book a school or group visit for a cultural experience at QEPCCC only, fill out the online request form and Culture staff will respond within three days.

For Students

Through your visit, students have an opportunity to explore diverse exhibitions and gallery spaces and experience a studio environment first-hand. Our School programs meet Ontario curriculum objectives through creative experiential learning outside the classroom.

We offer many learning experiences as listed in the Curriculum Companion. Some sessions are accompanied by lesson plans outlining curriculum connections:

For teachers

Book a teacher professional development program in our art studios! Choose from our existing two-hour visual arts programs to complement your curriculum. We will teach you visual literacy as well as new techniques to complement your classroom activities.

For groups and clubs

Learn and earn! Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts are welcome to book an evening of art, music or drama to work towards badges. Through fun activities, we promote cultural understanding across the arts.


School and Group Visits
905-845-6601, ext. 4608

Our youth centres provide a positive way for children and youth to develop fundamental skills through recreational programs and services. The Town of Oakville is proud to hold Play Works’ Gold Youth Friendly Community designation for its outstanding commitment to providing young people with opportunities to play, participate in and contribute to their community.

The town operates three youth centres that focus on positive Asset Building. Youth in grades 6 to 10 are welcome at QEPCCC Youth Centre.

Lesson plans will be enhanced by hosting a special program or field trip for your students to enjoy the variety of activities. Supplies and capacity differ slightly at each centre.



Planning your visit

Please note: All prices, policies and program offerings are subject to change without notice. The following booking policies are general only. Specific requirements, etc. can be found under the headings provided.


  • Contact town staff as listed in the School Curriculum Companion. Specific booking information will be discussed.
  • The town will send an email confirmation for the booking to the person booking the workshop.
  • A minimum of two weeks’ booking notice is required.

Minimum and Maximum Numbers

  • Our programs require a minimum of 10 participants to run.
  • Bookings with less than 10 participants will be charged for a minimum of 10.
  • Please consult the Curriculum Companion for the maximum number of participants that can be accommodated in each program.

Changes and Cancellations

  • Changes and withdrawals from School Programs are permitted up to two weeks prior to the scheduled date of the visit.
  • Changes will not be permitted the day of the visit.
  • Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by the Town of Oakville programmer via email. Requests left on voicemail will not be considered sufficient notice.


  • School Programs payment is recommended two weeks in advance; if not possible, payment is due on the day of your visit.
  • Payment methods accepted are: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, interact, cash or cheque (payable to The Town of Oakville).
  • Teachers and parent supervisors attend free of charge.


  • Programs for participants 14 years and under are tax exempt.
  • HST (registration #12174 2456 RT0001) will be added to program fees for participants ages 15 and older.


Teachers and adult supervisors are required to stay with students at all times and are responsible for appropriate student behaviour and discipline.

A minimum ratio of adult supervisors to students is recommended as follows:

  • 1:8 for JK and SK
  • 1:12 for Grades 1 to 12

Teachers and parent supervisors attend free of charge.

Lunch and Breaks

If you are planning a full day of activities, a lunch space may be provided if available. Lunch and refreshments are not available on location but participants may bring their own.

Please note: These are nut-free programs.