Lower School Curriculum

At Calverton it's not just a school; it's a family. We trust and believe in each other. Here we believe that through respect, honesty, and kindness, people can lead and achieve great things. Calverton students are ready to learn and try their best. Students feel safe to be creative which builds confidence to try new things. When all take responsibility for learning, show curiosity, and cooperation, our community succeeds and future leaders are made. - The Making of Future Leaders

First Grade

We at The Calverton School know that students learn in different ways. We pride ourselves in providing many different methods to approach learning. Students participate in small group and individualized instruction to help them reach their fullest potential in a safe, respectful, and positive environment. Focusing on the whole child and understanding the developmental social and emotional growth at each grade level is important to us. Students are immersed into an environment where their creativity, problem solving, and thinking skills can flourish. In first grade our focus is on developing the whole child and helping each student gain a strong sense of self-confidence to flourish throughout their career here at Calverton. We recognize that children learn in a variety of ways, so the first grade classroom offers a variety of learning experiences that are aimed to make learning an engaging, hands on experience. We encourage students to try new things, take risks and meet challenges.

The Singapore Math curriculum is used in first grade. Singapore Math is made for mastery, not memorization. Students are given many different ways to solve a problem and are able to determine which way works best for them. The program is designed to cover fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having students learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. These three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols. The follow topics are main areas of focus during the first grade year: Number bonds and number relationships to 100, addition and subtraction to 100 using mental math strategies, ordinal numbers, comparing numbers to 100, recognizing and naming shapes, measuring and comparing length and weight, creating and interpreting picture graphs, early concepts of multiplication and division, recognizing quarters and halves, telling time to the nearest half hour, recognizing and counting coins to $1.00 and counting bills to $20.00.

Language Arts instruction is an integral part of the daily schedule. Throughout first grade, there is a continued focus on concepts of print, building comprehension skills, expanding vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Students will focus on reading fluency, accuracy, and sight words. Students participate in classroom responses, discussions, and presentations. You will regularly see reading and writing interwoven in all areas of study, which allows continued growth and support of grade level skills.

We strive to provide learning opportunities that cover many possible interest areas of our students. First grade students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Library/Technology and Spanish instruction twice per week. We feel that these opportunities will better prepare our students to succeed as global citizens in our society

Second Grade

We at The Calverton School know that students learn in different ways. We pride ourselves in providing many different methods to approach learning. Students participate in small group and individualized instruction to help them reach their fullest potential in a safe, respectful, and positive environment. Focusing on the whole child and understanding the developmental social and emotional growth at each grade level is important to us. Students are immersed into an environment where their creativity, problem solving, and thinking skills can flourish. In second grade, the goal is to support student growth in the areas of independent thinking and group discussion. Children at this age are naturally developing a sense of autonomy. We want to foster this newfound independence, so that children learn to think as individuals while still respecting the viewpoints of others. It is with this understanding, that our children approach learning opportunities, academic or otherwise.

The Singapore Math curriculum is used in second grade. Singapore Math is made for mastery, not memorization. Students are given many different ways to solve a problem and are able to determine which way works best for them. The program is designed to cover fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having students learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. These three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols. The follow topics are main areas of focus during the second grade year: Numbers to 1000, addition and subtraction to 1000 with and without renaming, measuring length, multiplication and division strategies and facts, adding and subtracting money, determining and writing fractions, telling time to 5 minute time intervals.

Language Arts instruction is an integral part of the daily schedule. Students build comprehension skills through the use of a variety of texts. Support is given to improve reading fluency, accuracy, and expanding vocabulary. Students participate in discussion, writing responses, and presentations. You will regularly see reading and writing interwoven in all areas of study, which allows continued growth and support of grade level skills.

We strive to provide learning opportunities that cover many possible interest areas of our students. Second grade students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Library/Technology and Spanish instruction twice per week. We feel that these opportunities will better prepare our students to succeed as global citizens in our society

Third Grade

We at The Calverton School know that students learn in different ways. We pride ourselves in providing many different methods to approach learning. Students participate in small group and individualized instruction to help them reach their fullest potential in a safe, respectful, and positive environment. Focusing on the whole child and understanding the developmental social and emotional growth at each grade level is important to us. Students are immersed into an environment where their creativity, problem solving, and thinking skills can flourish. In third grade, students learn the value and merit of responsibility. They explore strategies to succeed academically, including being responsible for their preparedness and performance. They practice using good judgement and being trustworthy in their relationships with others. They also explore what it means to be a responsible citizen on a local and global level

The Singapore Math curriculum is used in third grade. Singapore Math is made for mastery, not memorization. Students are given many different ways to solve a problem and are able to determine which way works best for them. The program is designed to cover fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having students learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. These three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols. The follow topics are main areas of focus during the third grade year: Numbers to 10,000, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, multiplication tables of 6, 7, 8 and 9, money, mental calculation, length, weight, capacity, graphs, fractions, time, geometry, area and perimeter.

Language Arts instruction is an integral part of the daily schedule. Main areas of concentration include: reading fluently with meaning and purpose, applying comprehension and vocabulary strategies to a wide variety of literary genres and informational texts, and making global connections. Students will examine story and character development while using textual evidence to support thinking in written work and oral presentations. Discussions regarding content and student response will take place in both small and whole-class groups. You will regularly see reading and writing interwoven in all areas of study, which allows continued growth and support of grade level skills.

We strive to provide learning opportunities that cover many possible interest areas of our students. Third grade students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Library/Technology and Spanish instruction twice per week. We feel that these opportunities will better prepare our students to succeed as global citizens in our society

Fourth Grade

We at The Calverton School know that students learn in different ways. We pride ourselves in providing many different methods to approach learning. Students participate in small group and individualized instruction to help them reach their fullest potential in a safe, respectful, and positive environment. Focusing on the whole child and understanding the developmental social and emotional growth at each grade level is important to us. Students are immersed into an environment where their creativity, problem solving, and thinking skills can flourish. In fourth grade we will be working on self-advocacy. We focus on each student's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. We want the students making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions.

The Singapore Math curriculum is used in fourth grade. Singapore Math is made for mastery, not memorization. Students are given many different ways to solve a problem and are able to determine which way works best for them. The program is designed to cover fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having students learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. These three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols. The follow topics are main areas of focus during the fourth grade year: whole numbers, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fractions, tables and graphs, angles, perpendicular and parallel lines, area and perimeter, decimals, the four operations of decimals, measures, symmetry, solid figures, and volume.

Language Arts instruction is an integral part of the daily schedule. Fourth grade students continue to focus on reading with fluency and purpose. By making connection and using multiple comprehension strategies, students will successfully apply these skills to gain a deeper knowledge of the reading content. In addition, these skills will nurture the critical thinking thought process and the ability of expression in written form, participation in discussions, and presentations. You will regularly see reading and writing interwoven in all areas of study, which allows continued growth and support of grade level skills.

We strive to provide learning opportunities that cover many possible interest areas of our students. Fourth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Library/Technology and Spanish instruction twice per week. We feel that these opportunities will better prepare our students to succeed as global citizens in our society

Fifth Grade

We at The Calverton School know that students learn in different ways. We pride ourselves in providing many different methods to approach learning. Students participate in small group and individualized instruction to help them reach their fullest potential in a safe, respectful, and positive environment. Focusing on the whole child and understanding the developmental social and emotional growth at each grade level is important to us. Students are immersed into an environment where their creativity, problem solving, and thinking skills can flourish. As the oldest class in Lower School, the fifth grade students take on the position of leaders and role models. Throughout the year, the fifth grade students lead the Lower School Assemblies and teach their fellow students about topics that range from defining leadership, as well as leadership traits such as teamwork, responsibility, setting goals, and community work.

The Singapore Math curriculum is used in fifth grade. Singapore Math is made for mastery, not memorization. Students are given many different ways to solve a problem and are able to determine which way works best for them. The program is designed to cover fewer mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having students learn these concepts using a three-step learning process. These three steps are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. In the concrete step, students engage in hands-on learning experiences using concrete objects such as chips, dice, or paper clips. This is followed by drawing pictorial representations of mathematical concepts. Students then solve mathematical problems in an abstract way by using numbers and symbols. The follow topics are main areas of focus during the fifth grade year: Whole Numbers:place value, comparing numbers, multiplying & dividing by tens/hundreds/ thousands, order of operation, multiplication and division: multiply 2,3,4 digit numbers, divide by 2 digit numbers, factors and multiples, fractions: relationship between fractions and division, add and subtract unlike fractions or mix fractions, multiplying & dividing fractions, geometry: finding area of triangles or figures with triangles using a formula, properties of Angles, measuring angles, ratios: finding ratios, identifying equivalent rations, comparing quantities using ratios.

Language Arts instruction is an integral part of the daily schedule. Fifth grade students continue to focus on reading with fluency and purpose. Main areas of focus include developing awareness of author’s craft, vocabulary development, and drawing inferences supported through textual evidence. Students will determine a purpose for reading and will use appropriate comprehension strategies, dependent on the type of text, to build a deeper understanding of literature. Students will actively participate in discussions, reflections, and presentations. You will regularly see reading and writing interwoven in all areas of study, which allows continued growth and support of grade level skills.

We strive to provide learning opportunities that cover many possible interest areas of our students. Fifth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Physical Education, Art, Music, Science, Library/Technology and Spanish instruction twice per week. We feel that these opportunities will better prepare our students to succeed as global citizens in our society.

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