Primary Curriculum

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Grade 2

  • Art

    Students will explore foundational concepts of music (rhythm, pitch, melody, tempo, composition) and foundational concepts of visual art (line, shape, color, texture, space) through a variety of entry points, with storytelling elements at the center of each unit. Listening skills and observational skills are developed through exposure and discussion of musical and artistic genres, with emphasis on verbal and written reflection (“What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you wonder?”). Students also participate in Celebrations of Learning through collaborative STEAM projects during the year. 
  • Global Studies

    During the fall, 2nd Graders will focus on the essential question, ”Who are we and who came before us?” This essential question allows students to investigate aspects of their identity (race, ethnicity, family structure, religion, ability, age and socioeconomic status) all while thinking about the history of their family and community. The study will involve STEAM learning throughout. It will culminate in a shared celebration of learning for parents. In the spring, the class studies the continent of Africa. The planning and focus will involve all areas of STEAM learning. Students will learn, in a very hands on way, about deserts, the savannah and rainforests, as well as the people, families and customs. This, too, culminates with a celebration of learning for parents.
  • Library

    The core curriculum for the library adds depth to all other curricular areas for each grade level. We seek to foster a love of reading in our students by exploring literature and engaging in book discussions. We believe that research and information literacy skills are vital to success across every subject area. Guided by standards outlined by the American Library Association, we teach students how to find and access information effectively and efficiently, how to critically evaluate information and its sources, how to incorporate research into their own work, and how to properly cite information gathered through this process in their own work.
  • Math

    The Math program is Primary Mathematics (Standards Edition) from Marshall Cavendish International, Singapore. The Singapore Program aligns itself with the eight mathematical practices set forth in the Common Core State Standards. The core curriculum is presented in a logical sequence. They use the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to learn, understand and express their knowledge of our number system and place value. Units of study include Numbers to 1000; Addition and Subtraction with renaming; Measurement; Multiplication and Division; Methods for Mental Addition and Subtraction; Money; Fractions; Time; Capacity; Tables and Graphs; Geometry. Memorizing basic facts in addition, subtraction, and the 2’s and 5’s multiplication tables is critical to a child’s efficiency in computation. Children should practice these with speed and accuracy on a daily basis at home as part of their homework routine. The use of flashcards, timed worksheets and a variety of websites and apps can be helpful.
  • Music

    Students will explore foundational concepts of music (rhythm, pitch, melody, tempo, composition) and foundational concepts of visual art (line, shape, color, texture, space) through a variety of entry points, with storytelling elements at the center of each unit. Listening skills and observational skills are developed through exposure and discussion of musical and artistic genres, with emphasis on verbal and written reflection (“What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you see? What do you wonder?”). Students also participate in Celebrations of Learning through collaborative STEAM projects during the year. 
  • Physical Education

    The PE department, first and foremost, is responsible for helping our young people acquire the skills and self-confidence they need to participate in a wide variety of physical activities. The curriculum seeks to develop strength, stamina, and coordination. Our hope is that what is gained through our fun and developmentally appropriate activities will go with them well beyond their school days. Students learn the motor skills necessary to participate in a wide variety of physical activities, helping them to understand the link between physical activity and good health. Among other resources, we draw from the SPARK program, Jump Rope for Heart, Great Activities, as well as Project Adventure curriculum.
  • Reading

    Reading is part of our schedule each day. Lessons are structured around the Reading Workshop model. Whole-group, small-group and one-on-one teaching is used in reading. Children pick out books at their independent reading level (Just Right Books). Strategic actions for thinking include reading within the text (literal); beyond the text (prediction, connecting to previous knowledge and other texts); about the text (analyze and critique). Curriculum components include interactive read-aloud and discussion; shared and performance reading; writing about reading; phonics, spelling and word study; independent reading and literacy work; guided reading. Formal assessments include DIBELS; San Diego and Slosson; Ekwall Reading Inventory; CORE Assessments; Words Their Way. Students read, are read to, and discuss books daily. They are expected to practice reading every night.
  • Science

    The class plots a course and travel to Africa. The planning and focus will involve all areas of STEAM learning. Students will learn, in a very hands on way, about deserts, the savannah and rainforests. People, families and customs in Africa. are experienced as we travel throughout the country. A field trip to the African Exhibit at the Yale University Gallery of Art enhances the study. From planning and dressing for a Bedouin Feast in Egypt to Adinkra cloth making in Ghana, children get a sense of this country that is part of our global community. This, too, culminates with a celebration of learning for parents.
  • Spanish

    In Primary School, Spanish is an extension and an expansion of the fundamental concepts started in early childhood education. Children will expand upon their basic knowledge of the Spanish language, learning Spanish in an interactive way, through song, dance, art and games, incorporating Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and Responsive Classroom. Students will engage in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. As with other grades, particular emphasis will be on the repetition of vocabulary and commands.
  • Writing

    Children write daily through Writing Workshop, reading responses, journal entries, letters, and selected topics/prompts. Children discuss the practices of good writing and reflect on what good writers do when writing. Peer partners share their work and offer support and ideas for writing. Children investigate story elements and learn strategies for planning when writing. Mini-lessons are given to teach writing skills, grammar and process. Second Grade writing focuses on Narrative Writing; Writing about Reading; Science reporting and Poetry. Writing conferences with the teacher support the writing process. First drafts are revised and edited with the teacher. Final drafts and works in progress are shared with classmates and supportive feedback is given by peers.

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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.