P.E.I.’s Curriculum Changes

Why did PEI make changes to the curriculum?

Due to the reduced learning time in the spring and the uncertainty of what the 2020-2021 school year will bring, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) made changes to its curricula for teaching and learning.

The changes address potential gaps in student learning from the previous spring and prioritize learning in the event of further interruptions to in-school education.

By undertaking the changes at the provincial level, our teachers have a ready-to-teach, updated curriculum that provides a consistent approach to learning across the Island. Most importantly, the changes to our curriculum respect the reality of our Island classrooms and the demands that face our students, their families and our schools.

What are some of the additional demands in our Island classrooms this year?

Our Island classrooms are dynamic places of teaching and learning, and this year is no exception. However, our public education system is also faced with additional challenges this year. COVID-19 related concerns for student wellbeing and learning gaps are greater than other years. As well, our Island teachers are preparing our students in case we need to pivot to remote learning. The changes to our curriculum have taken these additional demands into consideration.

Who was involved in making the changes to the curriculum?

Through guidance from the DELL, various teachers and content experts worked together to identify learning priorities for the 2020-2021 school year.

Did PEI change all of its curriculum?

All programs, courses and subjects from Kindergarten through to grade 12 have been reviewed and most have been changed in some way.

How is the curriculum different from other years?

The parts of the curriculum that have been prioritized will be taught first. This will allow Island students to have a consistent learning experience. Potential gaps will be addressed by teaching key outcomes from a previous grade that may not have been taught. Some of the changes have included reducing the number of times and ways students explore a learning outcome.

What happens to the curriculum if we don’t have any further interruptions?

The changes to the curriculum will be reviewed throughout the school year, and may be expanded upon depending on the instructional time available for learning this school year.

Where can I access the Provincial Programs of Study and Curriculum?

The Provincial Programs of Study and Curriculum can be accessed by clicking on this link.

Where can I access the changes to the curriculum?

The curriculum changes can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

Elementary (Grades K-6)

Intermediate (Grades 7-9)

High School (Grades 10-12)



Elementary  (Grades K-6)



Language Arts

Grades 1-6 Language Arts 

Grades 1-3 Language Arts Sequencing Guide

Grades 4-6 Language Arts Sequencing Guide


Grade 1 Mathematics

Grade 2 Mathematics

Grade 3 Mathematics

Grade 4 Mathematics

Grade 5 Mathematics

Grade 6 Mathematics


Elementary Music

Physical and Health Education  

Elementary Health Education

Elementary Physical Education

Visual Arts  

Visual Arts - Grade 1

Visual Arts - Grade 2

Visual Arts - Grade 3

Visual Arts - Grade 4

Visual Arts - Grade 5

Visual Arts - Grade 6


Intermediate (Grades 7-9)

Career and Technical Education  

Grades 7-9 Career & Technical Education

Language Arts

Grades 7-9 Language Arts 

Grades 7-9 Language Arts pacing Guide


Grade 7 Mathematics Revised Curriculum

Grade 8 Mathematics Revised Curriculum

Grade 9 Mathematics Revised Curriculum


Grades 7–9 Music

Physical and Health Education

Intermediate Physical Education

Intermediate Health & Physical Education Pilot 



Intermediate Science

Social Studies

Intermediate Social Studies

Visual Arts

7-9 Visual Arts


High School (Grades 10-12)

Business Courses

Cooperative Peer Helping CEO Education

Secondary Business


Career & Technical Education

CTE & Culinary


Communication & Information Technology




Drama 701A

Drama 801A-621A


Language Arts

Grade 10 Pacing Guide (Sample)

Grades 10 Language Arts Curriculum

Bridging Program Pacing Guide (Sample)

Bridging Program Language Arts Curriculum

Grade 11 Pacing Guide (Sample)

Grade 12 Pacing Guide (Sample)

Grades 11 and 12  Language Arts Curriculum



History of Pop Music 50s, 60s, 70s

Music 421A, 521A, 621A

Music 421B, 521B, 621B


Physical & Health Education

High School Physical Education



Secondary Science

Social Studies

High School Social Studies Curriculum


Visual Arts

401A Visual Arts

501A Visual Arts

Visual Arts 601A-621A





Published date: 
October 1, 2020
Education and Lifelong Learning

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