PRIMARY GRADES (K-3)

Our students are engaged and interactive learners with a powerful sense of faith. In each classroom, we strive to enable students to develop a strong sense of self and to respect the gifts that others bring to the classroom and the community around them. Students explore a curriculum that provides hands-on learning, technology immersion, and opportunities to deepen their Christian knowledge.

 

Students in the primary grades continue to foster intellectual curiosity in areas of increased collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and hands-on activities steeped in STEM project-based learning.  Starting in our preschool, and continuing on through the primary grades, our goal is to lay the foundation for a love of learning.  With an emphasis on community and faith, we cultivate the child's developing independence, self-confidence and social skills.

 

Mathematics
Revised in 2013, the curriculum for all elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore include the following units:

  • Counting and Cardinality

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Measurement and Data

  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

  • Geometry

  • Numbers and Operations

Catholic educators never forget that our schools exist to bring our students to Christ. By continuing to implement new standards that are challenging, we work to fulfill the promise of quality Catholic education that educates the whole child, both mind and soul.


By the completion of kindergarten, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Know number names and the count sequence.

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.

  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.

  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units.

  • Tell and write time.

By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.

  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

  • Relate addition and subtraction to length.

  • Work with time and money.

  • Represent and interpret data.

By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and to addition.

English Language Arts
Revised in 2014, the English Language Arts Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Baltimore is designed using the Catholic, College and Career Ready clusters as its foundation. Through literature, this course of study fosters students' Catholic identity, shaping them to be models of Christian living for others. This curriculum is fully integrated with our Catholic faith. We provide students with a curriculum that is rigorous and rich in literature, oral and written language, grammar, writing, vocabulary, informational literature, and multimedia/technology.


By the completion of kindergarten, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Making connections to the text.

  • Greater emphasis on the writing process.

  • Memorizes and recite address, phone number, and birthday.

  • Fine motor control in order to draw, color, and print.

  • Ability to hold pencil and crayon properly, control pencil and crayon and scissors, and color within boundaries.

  • Ability to sit properly and hold the paper in the correct position for writing.


By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Use reading strategies to determine central themes, develop understanding, identify and utilize various text features, determine key ideas and describe connections.

  • Become proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines.

  • Identify basic features of print such as the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, and blending.

  • Write opinion pieces, informative/explanatory texts, narratives and should participate in shared research and writing.

  • Participate in collaborative discussions; communicate effectively using a variety of tools demonstrate efficient relay of information; and produce complete sentences appropriate to the task and situation.

By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Use an inquiry process to locate, evaluate and use sources based on accuracy, authority, and point of view to explore a question/topic and synthesize and share findings and give appropriate credit/ citation.

  • Select and use appropriate format to effectively engage the target audience in a topic, point of view, argument and/or creative work.

  • Analyze and evaluate information, ideas, or objects to develop a point of view, make predictions, or draw inferences.

  • Identify and define a problem-situation and work through a procedure to determine viable and appropriate solutions and next steps and carryout as applicable.

  • Generate and develop ideas, solutions and connections to create something original/ novel that is meaningful or useful.

By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Students will use text presented orally and visually to engage in collaborative discussions with peers.

  • Students will learn to write in cursive, and will learn and apply spelling patterns and standard English language conventions.

  • Using vowel digraphs and diphthongs.

  • Compare and contrast historical fiction from various cultures.

  • Understand the use of dialect within literature.

Religion
Released in 2011, “Bringing Good News” is the Archdiocese of Baltimore Religion Curriculum for Elementary Schools. This standards-based curriculum serves as a guide, a road map for both teachers and students as they embark on a journey, which will provide them with the knowledge and understanding of the faith as witnessed in the teachings and the traditions of the Catholic Church. The curriculum is built on the Six Tasks of Catechesis: Promoting Knowledge of the Faith; Liturgical Education; Moral Formation; Teaching to Pray; Education for Community Life; and Missionary Initiation and is aligned with the Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG:ACRE).


By the completion of kindergarten, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Communicate that God is Trinitarian by demonstrating the Sign of the Cross.

  • State that God made us to know, love and serve Him and to be happy with Him always.

  • Understand that God is always available to us in prayer even when we are afraid.

  • Understand that God has entrusted to all human beings responsibility for the world and its creatures.

  • Begin to memorize and pray those prayers from the Catholic tradition including the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

  • Identify the church as a sacred place where the people of God gather to pray and to worship God.

  • Understand that our actions and words in every life situation should reflect that we are followers of Jesus.


By the completion of first grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Define the meaning of faith as a gift from God that enables us to know God and follow him. 

  • State that the Old Testament tells of God’s people before the birth of Jesus.

  • State that the New Testament contains the Gospels, the Good News of Jesus.

  • Identify sacraments as signs of God’s love for us.

  • Recognize Jesus’ presence with us in the bread and wine that become his body and blood.

  • State that God gives us the ability and the freedom to choose right or wrong.

  • Understand that we are called in a special way to care for the poor and the suffering.


By the completion of second grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Recognize that there are three Persons in one God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that make up the Holy Trinity.

  • Show an understanding of the Resurrection, that God raised Jesus from the dead.

  • Identify and define the seven sacraments as signs of God’s love and the means to strengthen our relationship with God.

  • Understand the Real Presence of the Risen Jesus in the Eucharist under the form of bread and wine.

  • Express that we are given the gifts of free will and that our choices affect the lives of others.

  • Explain that God created us to know, love and serve Him.


By the completion of third grade, students will master a variety of skills including:

  • Recognize the Commandments as rules God gave us because he loves us.

  • Explain that people are called to forgive others and work toward understanding.

  • Explain the major seasons of the liturgical (Church) year.

  • Recognize conscience as a guide to distinguishing good and evil.

  • Identify Mary as an intercessor for us with God.

  • Articulate that all people are called to holiness by living their lives close to God.
     

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