School Curriculum Teacher Resources

Allow your curriculum to come alive with the Town of Oakville’s school programming opportunities. With four different unique programming options, students can experience hands-on learning in performing arts, studio arts, heritage programs, recreation, youth education, and more!

Learn more about this school year’s programs and activities offered

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.

A special thank you to the amazing teachers who joined us at our first Teacher's Night Out event on April 20. For those who were unable to attend, please browse our 2017/2018 School Curriculum Companion (PDF) to learn more about the upcoming 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.
  • 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.

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.

Contact us

Claudia Stampone, Box Office Administrator
905-338-4161, ext. 3212

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is a unique multi-purpose recreation, arts and culture facility that includes fine art, ceramics, woodworking, theatre and dance studios, as well as a gallery, museum space, aquatics centre, rock climbing wall and gymnasiums.

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.

Contact us

Preeya Nayee, Cultural Assistant
905-845-6601, ext. 4608

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.

Contact us

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

Oakville’s recreational programs focus on providing essential physical literacy experience as well as embracing the fundamental movement skills for quality learning throughout our swim and skate programs. We invite you and your students to get active with the Town of Oakville!

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.

Contact us

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.

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Town of Oakville Facility Booking

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.

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Contact the appropriate Recreation and Culture School Programs staff member, as listed in the School Curriculum Companion. Specific booking information will be discussed. The town will send an email confirmation for the reservation to the person booking the workshop.

A minimum of two weeks booking notice is recommended.

Please note: All prices, policies and program offerings are subject to change without notice.


School Programs payment is due on the day of your visit. Payment methods accepted are: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Interac, cash or cheque (payable to The Town of Oakville).


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.


On the day of the program, the client will be issued an invoice reflecting actual attendance that day. Payment is due upon receipt of this invoice.

Changes and Cancellations

Changes and withdrawals from School Programs are permitted up to two weeks before the date of the scheduled visit.

Notice of cancellation must be sent in writing to the appropriate Recreation and Culture School Programs contact person via email. Requests left on voicemail will not be considered sufficient notice.


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

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

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

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.