Primary & Third Grade
Students learn about the democratic process, which instills confidence in them to exercise their civic duties within their communities and beyond. We encourage students to consider multiple perspectives, ask questions, and then articulate their own well-informed point of view.
Students learn to develop core motor skills and locomotor patterns
With a teacher’s guidance, students learn to cultivate their ideas from the beginning to the finished project.
Students write with greater skill and independence across all disciplines, considering the task, purpose, and audience for their writing, developing their unique voice.
During math investigations, students practice mental calculations, write equations, solve story problems, play math games, and use a variety of math tools and manipulatives.
From the moment they transition to the Lombard Building as wide-eyed first graders until they leave third grade confident and excited for the independence of Junior Unit, we foster the social, cognitive and physical growth of our early elementary learners in carefully scaffolded ways. Our Primary (1-2) classrooms are vertically grouped to support the broad developmental range that characterizes this stage of learning, and to intentionally build our children’s capacity to both lead and follow. Then, in third grade, students reassemble as a single grade, consolidate their skills, and begin to employ all they’ve learned to better understand the wider world around them. Throughout these years, thematic integration and collaborative learning are key to keeping students engaged and inspired in their studies.
Morning & Closing Meeting
Students expand their communication skills through sophisticated conversations. Responsive activities and group discussions provide opportunities for respectful communication and collaboration.
Students use tools to hypothesize, work to record and organize data from investigations, interpret observations and report on their findings.
Students explore Philadelphia's cultural resources including the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Students connect classroom topics such as the study of water, exploring the properties of water, the water cycle, and watersheds.
Through their thematic studies, students practice oral communication skills as they prepare for learning celebrations such as the third grade play, which they write and perform collaboratively with their peers.