Broad Description of Elementary Grades 1-4 Curriculum Emphasis
Emphasis in first grade begins with number sense. In the second grade the focus is on addition and subtraction. In the third grade the attention is on multiplication and division, and in the fourth grade, working with fractions and decimals is highlighted.
Language Arts includes reading, English grammar, spelling, phonics, and writing. First grade emphasizes reading fluency and vowel and consonant sounds. Second grade builds comprehension, both oral and written. Third grade reads for understanding of content. Fourth grade concentrates on inferential, higher order thinking skills. Grades one through three incorporate spelling and phonics in relation to the reading curriculum. The Collins Writing Program focuses on quality writing incorporating a variety of grammar skills. Students are graded on Focus Correction Areas (FCAs).
First Grade focuses on letter formation, line quality and spacing. Second grade transitions to cursive. Third and fourth grade continues cursive for mastery.
Grades one through four focus on life, earth, and physical science with an emphasis of reading for content and information. Students are introduced to the Scientific Method.
First grade focuses on communities, current events, and holidays. Second grade studies geography. Third grade continues with geography, with a study of the United States and its capitals. The fourth grade surveys the regions of the United States.
Religion is taught in every grade as a graded subject. The Archdiocese of Boston developed a set of seven standards for each grade level. The Sadlier curriculum and supplemental materials align with these standards. We immerse our students in prayer through student directed prayer each morning, prayer in every classroom and prayer services. Mass is celebrated the first Friday of every month along with Holy Days of Obligation.