Saint Mary School|Milford, CT | Curriculum
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Curriculum

In addition to the regular subjects of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, the students also receive Computers, Art, Music,IMG_2831 Physical Education, and Spanish (K- 8).

 

They also complete health classes as well as substance abuse and violence resistance education. Family Life is integrated with the Religion curriculum.

 

All rooms have computers with an internet connection through a school-wide network.  Computer technology is integrated throughout the curriculum on all grade levels.  The school has both a computer lab and a laptop cart for use in classrooms as well as interactive white boards in most rooms.

View a complete listing of the Curriculum Standards used in this school and the Archdiocese of Hartford

Kindergarten

We welcome our kindergarteners to the “Big School” where they begin a journey through a curriculum rich and varied in subject matter…

 

Religion: Children learn their importance in the eyes of God, responsibility, respect for all people. * Religious concepts are integrated through all the curriculum

 

Language Arts: Children learn letters (forms/sounds), Sight Words/Vocabulary, and are provided with an Introduction to the learning of Reading.

 

Math: Children learn basic number concepts, counting, primary geometry.

 

Social Studies: Helping children to understand where they fit in various communities including their family and school Science: Helping children understand the living and physical world around them.

 

Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish: Each, once per week

 

Computer Technology is integrated in all areas of the curriculum

Grades 1-5

Grades 1-5

Grades 1-5 lay the foundation for a student’s future academic life. From learning how to read and how to add and subtract to writing well constructed essays and solving basic algebraic equations, students are introduced to a well-rounded curriculum in our lower grades (elementary school)…

 

Religion: Children learn the importance of incorporating Christian ideals with all they do in life. Various forms of prayer are also taught. Children in grade two are taught about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist which they receive for the first time this year. In the third and fourth grades this continues as children begin to develop a healthy spirituality. There is a concentration on the Sacraments and their meaning in our lives during the fifth grade. * Religious concepts are integrated through all the curriculum.

 

Language Arts: Children learn how to read in the first grade. Phonic skills and word recognition is developed. This is continued in the later grades as students learn how to critically interpret and understand what they read. They also learn how to communicate in the written word and learn basic grammar. Cursive handwriting is introduced in second grade and further developed in third and fourth. Various forms of writing are developed in the fifth grade along with an understanding of grammar. Spelling and vocabulary is developed through all the grades.

 

Math: Children learn the concepts of addition and subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division. They also learn to memorize the facts associated with these operations. By the fifth grade they have worked with fractions, decimals and percentages. Problem solving and estimation are taught throughout, as is simple geometry and the beginnings of algebraic concepts.

 

Social Studies: Children learn about their place in the family, neighborhood, community and begin a simple understanding of the political concepts of government, rules and laws. They are helped to appreciate their freedoms and the responsibilities associated with those freedoms.

 

Science: Children continue to learn about the living and physical world around them; eventually working with a simple understanding of physical science, the weather, and the earth’s place in the Solar System and in the universe.

 

Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish: Each, one class period per week

 

Computer Technology is integrated in all areas of the curriculum

 

The Family Life Curriculum is incorporated within the Religion Program. This curriculum strives to give students a genuine Christian respect for relationships. In grade and age level appropriate ways, this course provides the basic moral principles by which Christians live and prosper in a heavily secular world, while living out our mission to “live the message of Jesus. * NOTE: This grade 1-8 course was adopted by the Archdiocesan School Office and approved by the Archbishop.

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8

The major academic goal in our upper grades is to prepare our young adults for the rigors they will face in high school. Maturation and developmental issues are taken into consideration as the school helps the child grow through their adolescence toward adulthood. The middle school program in these grades is departmentalized so that the students travel between rooms and have different teachers for different subjects.

 

Religion: The curriculum in this area approaches the themes learned in the lower grades from a more mature perspective, recognizing the inquiry and questioning of the adolescent brain. Learning how to be Christians in a secular world is central to the study of Catholic faith and morals. Responsibility to each other, the sacredness of life and global responsibility is also emphasized in a study of sacred scripture and basic Catholic philosophy. * Religious concepts are integrated through all the curriculum.

 

Language Arts: Classes are ability based in the upper grades. The skills learned in the lower grades are reinforced as critical interpretation is emphasized. The seventh and eight grades explore age and level appropriate literature. Writing and speaking skills are developed to allow the children to be able to communicate easily and effectively in high school and in adult life. Grammar is further developed and vocabulary strengthened.

 

Mathematics: Classes are ability based in the upper grades. Basic computation is reinforced as the material increases in difficulty and complexity in each succeeding grade level. Algebraic skills are taught in grades six and seven with an emphasis in grade eight. * Advanced students who qualify are taught high school algebra.

 

Social Studies: World history is taught in the sixth grade with American history being taught in grades seven and eight. In the seventh and eighth grades Geography is taught as a separate subject.

 

Science: All the upper grades have Science in a Science room equipped for experiments and other scientific activities. General Science is covered in sixth grade. The seventh graders learn the basics of life science with the eighth learning the basics of physical science. Theoretical topics are discussed and hands on projects used to aid in the learning process.

 

Art, Music, Physical Education: Each, one class period per week

 

Spanish: Two periods per week.

 

Computer Technology is integrated in all areas of the curriculum.

 

The Family Life Curriculum is incorporated within the Religion Program. This curriculum strives to give students a genuine Christian respect for relationships. In grade and age level appropriate ways, this course provides the basic moral principles by which Christians live and prosper in a heavily secular world, while living out our mission to “live the message of Jesus.” NOTE: This grade 1-8 course was adopted by the Archdiocesan School Office and approved by the Archbishop