Language Arts

In 2nd grade, students continue to build on the strong literacy foundation established in 1st grade as students master reading skills which include decoding, word recognition, vocabulary development, and comprehension strategies. Importantly, students begin to transition from learning to read, into reading to learn. Students being to use reading to expand their knowledge in other subjects. Students become more independent writers, and by the end of the year will be able to write strong narrative, descriptive, opinion and persuasive pieces, as well as friendly letters. Cursive is introduced and more challenging concepts, such as summarizing, are taught. Students use the Treasures Basal Reading Series, which includes spelling, grammar, and other literacy components. Teachers also bring a rich variety of library picture books to the classroom to complement religion, science and social studies units. Learning is accomplished with a mixture of whole class activities as well as small group learning centers.


Through varied, well-structure use of manipulatives and algorithms, teachers lead small groups of students in activities to build strong foundations in math concepts. In second grade, covered concepts include: -Addition and subtraction with and without regrouping -Beginning multiplication and division with their corresponding algorithms -Measurement -Geometry


Religion is a major subject in 2nd grade as the children prepare for, and receive guidance for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. St. Bartholomew School takes a holistic approach to preparation, as classroom teachers, the Church CCD office, and student families collaborate to provide students a spiritually nurturing journey. St. Bartholomew uses the ADW approved, Christ Our Life catechetical series, as well as a variety of supplemental books, activities and projects.


Second grade students take on physics, geology and ornithology in a program that motivates students to engage with their surroundings with a sense of wonder and discovery. Students build a rich vocabulary of scientific terminology which they learn to use regularly and with ease on a daily basis. Students lessons include hands-on activities that are supported with the Nancy Larson Science Program. This wonderfully structured program provides a good balance between "reading to learn" and hands-on activities. Activities include: -Physics projects that demonstrate how to observe changing states of matter and the light spectrum -Geology activities that show how to test mineral hardness -Ornithology activities that teach how to identify birds by songs and calls

Social Studies

Second grade students learn about geography, communities, and government in a literature and activities-based approach. We eiixplore community leaders in various historical context, leran about the roles of citizens, and apply our leadership and citizenship knowledge to our classroom community. Students learn about the three branches of American government at the local, state and national level. In geography, we learn about the continents, countries, and American states. We also study map skills.


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 strengthen skills begun in 1st Grade. In addition to this, skills sets are introduced that include: -Additional Calendar skills -Weather terms -Parts of the Body -Additional number skills


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 continue to build on skills learned in 1st Grade, including how to research a topic and the basics of Microsoft Word. Skills sets that are worked on include: -Typing and adding text to documents -Adding graphics to documents -Learning to save and retrieve documents from files

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.