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The Heritage School’s Lower School Curriculum is a blend of traditional and innovative practices. Our integrated curriculum encompasses a balance of academic and extracurricular experiences that challenge students to excel and Think Beyond.
The Heritage School program requires students to Think Beyond by incorporating all of the traditional skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking all across the curriculum. Our students receive a balance of learning new information and applying their newly acquired skills to think critically, problem solve, and experience learning through connections that are logical.
Students Think Beyond in math through sequential skill building and daily problem solving. Our students are given a combination of traditional automaticity building strategies, as well as encouraged to apply these skills in real world experiences. Beginning with manipulatives and concrete experiences, students progress to the abstract as developmentally appropriate.
Through the use of integrated units of study, The Heritage Lower School student learns about the connections between American history, geography, economics, and civic duties. They assimilate these connections into the social studies topics through reading, writing, and participating in hands-on learning. Through simulations, activities, and field trips, they are able to Think Beyond the classroom.
Life, physical, and Earth sciences are a focus for our science curriculum. Science has also been incorporated through the integrated social studies curriculum, such as studying the scientific characteristics and geography skills of oceans together. We are Thinking Beyond by students learning traditional science curriculum but also adding higher level experiences. Science labs are incorporated throughout the experiences in each classroom. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is a focus for our future. Through the newly established Maker Space, students are learning to problem-solve through creativity, collaboration, and critical-thinking.
Our students Think Beyond through experiencing languages and cultures in the world. The first and second graders experience the French culture and language, while our third and fourth graders experience Spanish. Lower School French and Spanish classes enrich overall student learning by means of thematically organized vocabulary and culture units which correspond to regular curriculum. Students use these languages they learn not only to communicate, but as a means to learn across the curriculum.
All students experience the arts on a weekly basis. Students work diligently through the school year to master a wealth of tasks and acquire a treasure trove of new experiences in the visual arts room, which allow them to Think Beyond. Students come to use their imaginations while experimenting with different techniques and sampling a variety of media. Art technically incorporates vocabulary, art history, the color wheel, the elements of art, the principals of design, and much more. The lessons build sequentially throughout Lower School and are often integrated with the students' classroom studies to further their understanding and appreciation of particular subjects. The students will love sharing the processes and concepts learned through the portfolios they take home at the end of the year and at the annual art show.
Music class incorporates the use of musical instruments, singing, and performance during various assemblies and presentations. Students make connections between music and other areas of study, as well as using music to reinforce concepts being taught in the classroom. Lower School students visit the music room twice a week to engage in hands-on musical experiences, lessons, and rehearsals. The goals of our Lower School music program are to develop the child's healthy singing voice, enrich the student's learning experience in the academic classroom, and foster their love for performing a variety of musical repertoire.
Library and Technology:
Each week the students join the media specialist to listen to stories and to learn library, media, and research skills. The students attend a computer class once per week to learn basic computer and technology skills. The classes also work with the media specialist and instructional technology specialist to incorporate library skills and technology into the curriculum to Think Beyond the traditional methods of learning. The “4 C’s” of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are a focus during this time.
Development of the body is part of our mission, so our students attend P.E. daily. They also have a recess time each day. Competition through games and activities are a focus to promote teamwork, collaboration skills, and to build character.
All of these curricular activities occur in our school, but what sets us apart is our experiential learning that occurs in conjunction with these traditional and innovative methods. Through the use of the new Maker Space, students are learning to collaborate and problem solve. There are reading events every year to promote independent reading. An assembly occurs each month to allow students a chance to perform and present. As a result, students become comfortable with public speaking and also how to be a good audience member. Community service is woven throughout the fabric of our school. Each month students donate to the local food pantry and participate in “Stop and Serve” day alongside the entire School.
In keeping with the spirit of the school, Jubilee is the culminating activity that brings the school together in spirit. Our students begin working together across the four grade levels of the Lower School to build team spirit, collaboration, communication, and a sense of community. This event involves competitive activities that reach far beyond the average school field day. Teams are chosen earlier in the year and activities formulated to build leadership in the fourth grade students and comradery throughout the process.
If you want your child to Think Beyond the ordinary school experiences, consider The Heritage School.
To see specific examples, click on the grade level.