FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM
Students in 1st Grade engage in direct instruction as well as differentiated learning groups. Students work together to strengthen and master a learning task by employing a multi-sensory approach and the Daily 5 Center Method. Students will read, at the end of the year, to reading level J.
Math in first grade is taught with both direct, as well as differentiated instruction. Students are placed in center-based groups by ability and heterogeneously. Students work together in small groups in multi-sensory models to promote and encourage higher order thinking.
First graders continue to expand their understanding of the foundations of Catholic faith, with special focus on God's Creation, the Trinity, and the practice of applying Catholic principles to interpersonal relationships. Students are taught the importance of God's presence in their lives. Teaching methods include singing songs, visiting the Church, weekly Mass, plays, Bible readings and discussions about faith to strengthen their understanding of our Catholic faith.
In science, students are actively engaged in exploring how the world works. They explore, observe, count, collect, measure, compare, and ask questions. They discuss observations and use tools to seek answers and solve problems independently and as a group. Hands on activities are continuously used to encourage independent problem solving.
Students in 1st grade study the basic principles of civics and economics, comparing past and present, and learning about various national symbols. Students utilize partner and small group activities to emphasize the role of how we work together in communities and to encourage independent thinking and problem solving.
The Lower School curriculum is entirely verbal. Classes are taught in Spanish and the teacher uses techniques that included the use of body language, flash cards, objects, songs, games, and dramatization.
Students continue to learn Internet Safety. This is an important focus so that students, no matter what age, are aware of proper use of technology. Students learn how to research a topic and the basics of Microsoft Word. This includes:
The St. Bartholomew curriculum complies with the Archdiocese of Washington's accredited curriculum standards.
To find out more about our specific program at each grade level, select subjects to the left.