Lower School (K-4) uses Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish. Singapore Math uses a concrete-pictorial-abstract pedagogy with end goal being able to problem solve at the abstract level. Conceptual learning is at the heart of our math instruction and the mastery of concepts is our goal.
The lower school is comprised of Kindergarten through grade 4. Each grade level, Kindergarten through grade four, has a full-time teacher and a full-time instructional assistant.Objectives and Curriculum
The Lower School primarily focuses on the acquisition of basic number and language skills. Reading is taught through a strongly based phonetic program and uses the Open Court Reading series Imagine It! The Language Arts program places a strong emphasis and high concentration on comprehension skills, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and writing mechanics.
Mathematics is developed as an unfolding structure of numbers rather than just calculations. Math concepts are taught in a sequentially built format to provide concrete concepts and problem solving skills. Lower School (K-4) uses Math in Focus: Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish. Singapore Math uses a concrete-pictorial-abstract pedagogy with end goal being able to problem solve at the abstract level. Conceptual learning is at the heart of our math instruction and the mastery of concepts is our goal.
Science and Social Studies are taught as separate curriculum areas. These unit studies are taught as part of the home classroom base with a separate text for each subject. Additionally, Greenfield students have a unique opportunity to "explore" science by performing experiments, working on projects and participating in hands on activities in their “Hands-on Science” class twice a week.
In an effort to fulfill the obligations of the Greenfield School Mission Statement and complete the total development of the child, our Lower School students also participate in the following special programs on a weekly, bi-weekly or daily basis depending on the class. Specialty classes are taught outside of the regular classrooms by teachers specializing in their designated area.
Monthly curriculum calendars are provided to all of the specialty teachers. These calendars show the different ideas and concepts being studied by grade level and subject matter. These calendars allow the specialty teachers to offer a variety of activities and learning experiences that reinforce what is being taught in the individual classrooms. In this way, our Lower School is able to provide a comprehensive, cross-curricula experience for our students.
Lower School Students also have numerous opportunities to expand their classroom experiences and learning by attending off-campus field trips and participating in special on-campus events.