Elementary
School

Grade K - 5

At The Green School, our curriculum is standards-based and delivered through best educational practices.

The elementary program focuses on 4 core learning areas; Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. This is accompanied by specialist classes in Music, Physical Education and Equestrian studies.

Our social emotional curriculum is as important as our academic.

Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline.

It is comprised of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.

Our students are driven by a relevant and goal-orientated curriculum. This results in intrinsically motivated children, who have clear passions and interests. Forming a connection to themselves, their learning, their environment and their community is key to successful learners .

In Elementary, students and educators use Seesaw to document learning, communicate with parents and engage them in their child’s day.

Term 1

13 January – 14 April

Term 2

05 May – 06 August

Term 3

07 September – 03 December

Our Curriculum is

Assessment-Driven

Formative assessment is used to guide instruction and meet students individual needs.

Progress towards grade level standards and benchmarks is assessed through teacher observation, individual guided sessions, published writing pieces, monthly reading assessments and math tasks.

Parent-teacher conferences are set up each term. During this time students’ work is displayed, and their progress and ongoing assessments are discussed. Both home and school goals are developed.

Our Kindergarten Curriculum

Students participate in Read-Alouds, Shared Reading, Shared Writing, Independent Reading, Independent Writing and Phonics. Teachers model and share early reading strategies and students are encouraged to begin implementing them in daily shared and independent reading. In Writing Workshop, children begin to move from scribbles and letter-like formations to using letters and spacing with invented spelling.

Teachers model, and guide students in the stages of the writing process, as students learn to generate their own ideas, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing. Our phonics instruction is at the center of our students literacy growth and development. The Phonics Units of Study are relevant and engaging. Students are immersed in letters and sounds, rhymes and word play and are explicitly taught how and why they use phonics to read and write.

In Kindergarten, daily math activities are inspired by new discoveries, interests and inquiry based projects. Students take part in daily math centers focused on two critical areas (1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (2) describing shapes and space.

Students learn about the differences between fiction and non-fiction. At this stage students develop the skills to share facts on topics that they are interested in and know a lot about. In a Unit of Inquiry called ‘All About Books’ students begin to draw, write and share information that they are most interested in.

In Social Studies, students learn to question the world around them in a Unit of Study called ‘Using Words to Make a Change’. Students are challenged to look around them and identify problems they see at school or in their greater communities. They are then guided to find solutions or create awareness through writing letters or songs and making posters.

Our Grade 1 Curriculum

In Grade 1, students actively participate in Shared Reading, Shared Writing, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Independent Writing and Phonics. Daily Units of Study in Reading explicitly teach students to read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension. In Writing Workshop, students explore genres in narrative, information, opinion and poetry. Teachers model, and guide students in the stages of the writing process, as students generate their own ideas, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing.

Phonics is all-important. In this one year, students are expected to make the growth that enables them to go from reading little books comprised of just a few pages to reading early chapter books. In writing, there are ambitious expectations—children are asked to go from writing a few lines on a couple of pages to writing books with chapters—filling up multiple lines on a page and organizing their writing into sections.

NumberSense and New Zealand Math inspire our curriculum. Instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20; (2) developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value, including grouping in tens and ones; (3) developing understanding of linear measurement and measuring lengths as iterating length units; and (4) reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.

At this stage students defining characteristic is curiosity, and the questions are incessant. Our Unit of study ‘Learning About the World’ taps into this natural curiosity, as students explore non-fiction topics and concepts. Comprehension strategies, word solving, vocabulary, fluency, author’s craft, and daily questions drives this unit of inquiry.

In this Unit of Inquiry, students form foundational argumentative writing skills which is required for essay writing in social studies in the later years. Students create persuasive reviews of all sorts—pizza restaurant reviews, TV show reviews, ice cream flavor reviews, and finally book reviews that hook the reader, clearly express the writer’s opinion, and bolster their argument in convincing ways.

Our Grade 2 Curriculum

Writers are now starting to feel like ‘big kids’ and want work that feels big and important. That’s just what they’ll get. In grade 2, students learn to craft powerful true stories based on their own small moments and then students explore language by writing poetry.

Teachers model, and guide students in the stages of the writing process, as students generate their own ideas, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing. Daily Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Independent Writing and Phonics forms the routine of the day. Units of Study in Reading explicitly teach students to read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension, as children hit their reading growth spurt. Grade 2 phonics is about closing the gap between what students can read and what they can write conventionally.

NumberSense and New Zealand Math inspire our curriculum. In Grade 2, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) using standard units of measure; and (4) describing and analyzing shapes.

Students learn to read as researchers and view non-fiction texts as their teachers. The aim is to learn to identify main ideas and supporting details in order to write chapter books about their research topics. Students will develop skills to synthesize a wide variety of information and learn to section their topics into subtopics. They are supported in this challenging work as they are writing about topics on which they are interested in within the natural world and will be able to share as an expert in their topics.

In the Unit of Inquiry, ‘Changing the World’, students will get to showcase their newfound abilities to gather and organize information to persuade people about causes they believe matter: stopping bullying, recycling, saving dogs at the SPCA. The reading skills will introduce recognizing text infrastructure, comparing texts, and thinking critically – essential skills required to develop informed opinions.

Our Grade 3 Curriculum

In grade 3, students move towards mastery of foundational skills in their reading and writing. Students will explore writing through the Unit of Study ‘Crafting True Stories’, which will extend students’ work with personal narrative while engaging them more fully in the complete writing process. There will be an increasing emphasis on drafting and revising their work. Reading Units of Study aim to launch students into upper elementary school readers. Students’ will ramp up their reading skills by immersing themselves in within-reach fiction books while working on word solving, vocabulary development, envisionment, and prediction. Furthermore, students will closely observe characters, make predictions, and sharpen their skills in interpretation. Daily Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Independent Writing and Phonics forms the routine of the day. Grade 3 phonics focuses on suffixes, affixes and endings in their reading and writing.

NumberSense and New Zealand Math inspire our curriculum. In Grade 3, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100; (2) developing understanding of fractions, especially unit fractions; (3) developing understanding of the structure of rectangular arrays and of area; and (4) describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.

Students learn to write Lab Reports and Science Books in this Unit of Inquiry. They learn learn about the scientific process while developing their own questions, making predictions, designing experiments and documenting conclusions.

‘Becoming Experts’ is a unit of inquiry in which they learn more about familiar topics and grow understanding of new topics while working on word solving, vocabulary development, and comparing and contrasting information across texts. These non fiction reading skills are essential for developing a foundation in geography and history.

Our Grade 4 Curriculum

In grade 4, students learn that the lenses they bring to reading fiction can also be brought to writing fiction, as they develop believable characters with struggles and motivations and rich stories to tell. Furthermore, students will start developing the important skill of writing about their reading, showing important reading skills such as inference and interpretation. Students will practice reading analytically, synthesizing complicated narratives, comparing and contrasting themes, and incorporating non-fiction research into their reading. Grade 4 word study focuses on Greek and Latin affixes and roots in their reading and writing.

Number Sense and New Zealand Math inspire our curriculum. In Grade 4, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends; (2) developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers; (3) understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

During Units of Inquiry students learn the value of organization and form as they gather evidence to support and express an informed opinion on topics within Science. Students will form research teams to delve into topics of interest, while developing their skills in cross-text synthesis, practicing close reading, comparing and contrasting, and evaluating sources to determine credibility.

During Units of Inquiry students will learn to bring History to life. At this stage, students are ready to tackle historical research in which they will collect evidence and use details to vividly describe people and events long ago and far away. Students will study multiple points of view, support a position with reasons and evidence, tackle complex texts, and learn strategies for using new domain-specific words.

Our Grade 5 Curriculum

Fifth grade is a time for students to hone their intellectual independence. Students draw on a repertoire of ways for reading closely, noticing how story elements interact, understanding how different authors develop the same theme, and comparing and contrasting texts that develop a similar theme. This will translate into their writing as the develop narratives that are reflective and theme-based. Students will work in clubs to become deeply immersed in different genres and further develop higher-level thinking skills to study how authors develop characters and themes over time. Students will think metaphorically as well as analytically, explore the quests and themes within and across their novels, and consider the implications of conflicts, themes, and lessons learned. Grade 5 word study focuses on grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word and figurative language.

NumberSense and New Zealand Math inspire our curriculum. In Grade 5 there is a focus on (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions); (2) extending division to 2-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.

During Units of Inquiry students investigate the ways non-fiction texts are becoming more complex, and they learn strategies to tackle these new challenges. There is an emphasis on strong foundational skills, such as fluency, orienting to texts, and word solving, that are required to read complex nonfiction. Students will be exposed to the different elements of Science, as students work through the scientific process and master the skills of research writing. Students will show how they synthesize and organize information to teach others.

During Units of Inquiry around History students will be introduced to skills required for the next grade such as, how to conduct research using primary sources. Students draw inspiration and understanding from mentor texts, historical accounts, primary source documents, maps, and timelines to write focused research reports that engage and teach readers. Students are encouraged to think about the relationships between historical characters and their geographical location.

Elementary
School

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