Upper Elementary – Grades 4, 5, & 6
laying the foundation for strong work habits and a passion for learning
Upper Elementary students are inquisitive, energetic and seek to understand the motivation behind behavior. Our students are given the necessary support to learn leadership, abstract thinking and valuable social and emotional skills in a cooperative, goal-oriented environment.
Learning – Classes continue to lay the foundation for strong work habits, study skills and a passion for learning. Instead of waiting for assignments from the teacher, they refer to their individual work plans. Some children may be learning about ants while others are engineering a bridge. The teacher presents lessons to individuals or small groups and academic skills are learned in context. Managing their work over the week assists students in becoming independent and self-directed.
Academics – Strong academics are fostered through work that appeals to the interest of the student. Working in groups or individually, students use their own computers along with the materials in the classroom and other resources.
Mathematics – Lessons are based on use of concrete materials in arithmetic, pre-algebra and geometry. With use of hands-on learning materials, students become increasingly proficient. There is a natural progression to abstraction of concepts through use of the materials. Specialized computer programs provide another means for practice and support in math.
Integrated studies – These may incorporate arts, science, language and social sciences. Research skills are refined in individual and group projects. Reading is required in daily work and in literature. Language skills advance though grammar, spelling and writing activities.
Science – Study includes geology, geography, biology, chemistry and anthropology presented through materials such as timelines, charts, scale models and other hands-on materials.
Spanish, art and music are part of the curriculum. Outdoor exercise is a daily activity in either free play or organized physical education. Outside field trips extend learning to the real world.