Daycroft’s Elementary Grades 5-6 Curriculum

child practicing archery skills at Daycroft

Language Arts

Writing is a major focus in all areas of the Daycroft curriculum in grades 5-6. There is also an increased focus on research and technology. Your child uses a variety of tools to complete individual and group projects. In addition, he or she develops the ability to plan and execute short-term and long-term assignments, both in class and independently. At this level, your child has a laptop computer for use across the curriculum in grades 5-6. He or she practices keyboarding, developing presentations, and writing and editing assignments on the computer.

Mathematics

Daycroft continues with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill math series in grades 5-6. Our focus at this level is to move your child from concrete to abstract learning. Teachers tailor the math program and units according to the needs of students. Algebra and geometry are increasingly emphasized through additional strands. Each grade has a layered program for additional skills based on ability. Your child moves from weekly to nightly homework in preparation for middle school.

Science and Cultural Studies

child using magnifying glass at daycroftYour child participates in hands-on investigation and hypothesis-based learning, along with research and writing, in grades 5-6. Cultural studies rotate on a two-year cycle. One year focuses on explorers, Canada, ancient civilizations of South America and Asia, mapping skills, alternative energy research, rocks, and micro worlds. The second year emphasizes colonization, the Revolutionary War, government, motion, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and the history of NASA and space exploration. Every third year, students participate in a science fair. Programs such as Feeder Watch, Journey North, and JASON (Wetlands Study) are introduced. The iEarn program connects Daycroft students with children around the world through common projects. World art and American art programs alternate from year to year.

“Daycroft is fun and friendly. It’s also an environmentally friendly school. My class is working to make Daycroft a green school.”

—Peter, Grade 5

World Languages

Daycroft’s world languages programs in grades 5-6 aims to expand students’ knowledge of world cultures and better prepare them for continued language learning in middle school and beyond. Students alternate between Chinese language one year and French the next during the two years they are in our grades 5-6 classroom. This follows from the Spanish language learning they gain from preschool through grades 3-4 at Daycroft. Students in grades 5-6 are also introduced to Japanese, Russian, and other world languages by Daycroft parents who are fluent in the languages and who volunteer to visit the classroom. To help make the learning especially interactive and involving, students often make use of the Rosetta Stone language learning programs on the classroom’s Smart Board. The world languages program is tied to art and cultural studies at Daycroft. For example, students will link their learning in the Chinese language to exploration of Asian arts such as calligraphy and origami.

Social Development and Leadership

In grades 5-6, Daycroft strongly emphasizes the Montessori philosophy as it relates to mentoring and leadership. At this level, your child may serve on the school’s Student Council, working to achieve both small group goals and a large yearly goal. Students in grades 5-6 also run the school’s Safety Patrol program for morning and afternoon pick-up. In addition, our school’s Kindergarten Buddies program allows 5th and 6th graders to serve as mentors to Daycroft’s younger children. An annual class trip, centered around team-building activities, is another highlight of grades 5-6 at Daycroft.

Capstone Project

Sixth-graders complete their final year at Daycroft with a Capstone Project, in which they reflect on and present what they have learned and experienced at the school – not just academically, but also from the perspectives of local and global citizenship, environmental awareness, cultural diversity, and more.

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