Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 continue to expand and deepen their knowledge base. In the primary grades, students learn to read. In the intermediate grades, students read to learn. A rapidly expanding vocabulary and more abstract concepts become the norm.
Third grade is a year of academic, spiritual, and personal growth and development. We strive to integrate Christ into all areas of our curriculum.
At this point in their lives, children are beginning to learn skills that will prepare them for the future. They are also beginning to develop the ability to become more independent in completing their work. We strive to communicate the importance of being responsible for schoolwork and the understanding that all actions have consequences.
Students are always excited to begin to learn multiplication, division, and a multi-sensory approach to literacy.
Throughout the third grade year we send “Traveling Charlie” on many adventures throughout the world in order to develop students’ understanding of other cultures, governments, geography, and different ways of life. Students are excited to receive mail from Charlie and to share it with their classmates as they grow in their understanding of the wider world around them.
The 4th grade curriculum is taught through hands on activities; making use of the interactive white board, centers, and activities. The students are instructed during whole class, as well as small groups, where students’ individual needs are addressed. Each day includes attending Mass, recitation of a mystery of the rosary and Religion instruction.
It is during 4th grade that we study the regions of the United States and, most especially, our state’s history and government. The highlight of the year is a trip to Frankfort, our state’s capital, where we spend the day touring the capital buildings and meeting our congressmen and women. Likewise the Science curriculum is enhanced through science experiments and field trips. The students enjoy learning about the systems of the body, chemical and physical changes, and extreme weather, just to name a few!
Reading and Writing skills continue to be developed and fostered through the use of novels and the various types of literature, and give a purpose to our writing assignments. Since 4th grade is a stepping stone to middle school, students continue to develop good study habits and responsibility for their work and for themselves.
In the fifth grade, students continue to develop their knowledge and learn new concepts, while honing their organizational skills in preparation for middle school. The fifth grade students continue to grow in their faith-filled journey. They advance in mastering the mathematical skills of multiplication, division, and fractions.
We also focus on sharpening their note-taking skills as we study the history of the United States. Students in the fifth grade discover more about the world around them in the Science course of study. They improve their writing skills through a more intense study of grammar, composition styles, and vocabulary concepts. Fifth graders take a voyage through the exploration of various types of literature and increase their reading comprehension.