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Class 5

Class 5 students experience a traditional self-contained classroom where students develop the habits of good scholarship through a program of traditional academics. Each course focuses on improvement of study skills, time management, organization, and test-taking strategies as integral elements of the curriculum. Each student has sports every day. Students also attend weekly assembly during which a teacher or an upper school student gives a short talk on character or a special holiday.‚Äč

Language Arts

The curriculum's objective is to provide students with skills that will enable them to process written information in a clear and effective manner. In the writing program, students plan, draft, revise, and edit their work while focusing on creating paragraphs that feature strong topic sentences and supporting details. Special attention is paid to the rules of grammar, and it is expected that students will employ correct spelling and punctuation in their final drafts. Students read increasingly complex classic and contemporary literature selections from a variety of genre. 

Mathematics

The curriculum provides practice for the mastery of the four operations and the basic math fact skills. In building this foundation, students practice the application of these skills to real world situations, learn to seek out and utilize alternative methods for solving problems, and become disciplined in their approach to multi-step problems. The curriculum allows the teacher to assess student understanding on a daily basis, to promote higher level critical thinking, and to provide constant exposure to previously learned skills to ensure mastery. 

Social Studies

The curriculum teaches students to analyze historical knowledge according to general themes in social studies such as architecture, trade, art, government, leadership, military strategy, and cultural values. Ancient Roman, ancient Greek, and medieval societies are studied, and students learn what makes a society strong, successful, and/or long-lasting. Students also continue to build on their map skills. 

Science

Through hands-on labs and activities, students learn to observe, categorize, hypothesize, and infer. This general science course focuses on Linnaean Classification, cells and tissues, electricity, the structure of the Periodic Table, motion, and geology. Regular lab assignments require students to think creatively and work effectively as a team. Individual endangered species reports are researched online and presented to classmates in the spring. Students meet three times a week for two lectures and one lab period.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is an integral part of the curriculum at every grade level of the School. In addition to presenting projects and memorized poems in front of their own classmates, students annually present a formal program for a larger audience. Students in Class 5 also participate as Bible passage readers, prayer readers, and dismissers at the weekly assemblies. 

Arts

Fine arts – Students learn to appreciate art and feel comfortable creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional art work using a variety of materials. Performing Arts – In their weekly music classes students explore basic musical elements, and they learn to play the recorder. All students in Class 5 are members of the School’s choir, and they have theater classes regularly. In addition, they participate in a junior ensemble group. Shop – Students cut out simple shapes with coping saws and learn the sequence of sawing, hammering, filing, and sanding. As they become more skilled, students also use drills and work on progressively more difficult projects.

Health

Led by a health teacher, Class 5 students meet every other week for class that focuses on an age-appropriate topic. Homeroom teachers also work daily with the students on these and other topics relating to the students’ health, well-being, and citizenship.

Spanish

Spanish will be taught to all lower school students, beginning in Pre-K. The program’s scope and sequence will build strong foundational skills and spark passion for learning about other cultures, countries, and people. The program will also enhance students’ fundamental cognitive and communication skills, and their versatility.

 

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