The Upper School : Grades 4-6
St. Thomas’s Day School’s Upper School program further strengthens fundamental skills and deepens conceptual understanding through interactive learning across curriculum areas. We encourage responsibility to self and others. Students in grades 4 through 6 are entrusted with leadership opportunities and greater involvement in the community with the goal to give each child the tools to face the future with self-confidence and an understanding of the global environment.
The program is designed to educate the whole child to master conceptual learning as well as basic skills. The core program, under the direction of the Head Teacher, is sequential and includes the study of the following:
- Language arts (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
- Social Studies
St. Thomas’s reserves two hour time blocks every week for integrated learning in the makerspace. The makerspace provides a place for students to create, design, think, explore and problem solve while learning. Students work with their teachers and the Technology Integrator on open-ended projects that demonstrate learning in content or curricular areas. While working students are exposed to a variety of technology tools that will enhance their learning and support the acquisition of technology skills.
Special Subjects include the following:
- Library/Digital Citizenship
- Physical Education
- Religious Literacy
- Technology – Technology is incorporated in developmentally appropriate ways and used to deepen the learning experience.
Children learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing and therefore we encourage them to explore their natural world, to collaborate with one another, and to build relationships. Creative projects, hands-on experiences, and collaborative learning opportunities inspire problem-solving and critical thinking skills – the building blocks necessary for thriving in a rapidly evolving world.
Experiential activities include day and overnight trips:
- Nature’s Classroom
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.