Grades 1-5 Curriculum

The first through fifth grade program at Indian Creek School is developmentally appropriate and
focused on the importance of challenging and engaging all learners. Language arts, mathematics, science and social studies are built into the daily schedule, alongside classes in Motor and Fitness (in first and second grades), Fitness and Health (in third through fifth grades), Spanish, Music, Art, Research Lab, and Book Buddies. Each day, students learn through hands-on experiences combined with a framework in research-based programs.

Our language arts program is grounded in the framework of the research-based Jolly Phonics program, in which students begin by reviewing the 42 sounds of the English language.  Beginning with the multi-sensory experiences in the Early Childhood Wing, students advance to strengthen their skills as they learn to blend sounds into words through individual practice and interactive classroom experiences.  By first grade, students begin using the Jolly Grammar program to develop their skills in spelling and give a basic understanding of the rules of grammar. By fourth and fifth grades, students advance into the study of vocabulary through both a traditional and classical roots program. 

Writing goes hand in hand with these language skills, as students gain both an interest and passion for writing through the Lucy Calkins writing workshop program. Through the framework provided by this program and the individualized instruction provided within each classroom, students learn to create pieces based in the genres of opinion, information, and narrative text.  Each piece develops through a process and students recognize the need to continually review and edit their work to make each piece their best. Within this process, students progress at their own pace and also acquire skills in peer editing, along with the pride of sharing their published writing with peers.

Stemming from the foundation provided in our Early Childhood program, students continue building their math skills through the use of the Primary Mathematics, a Singapore Math program. This program is being integrated throughout the Lower School, with first through third grades adopting the program this year, and fourth and fifth grades phasing it in as students progress through the curriculum. Through this program, students develop their number sense, fact fluency, and problem solving skills through the Singapore Math Framework. 


Our math program blends with our science program in the STEM Lab, where students can further explore the connections between science, technology, engineering, and math. Outside of the STEM lab, science and social studies units are based on the Core Knowledge curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch. This curriculum is rich in social studies units spanning the globe and science units beginning at the microscopic level and branching into the study of the universe.

As in Early Childhood, first through fifth grade students continue to build their skills in self-regulation, conflict resolution, and the development of a school community through the Conscious Discipline program. Our school family continues to flourish as our students work with peers in other grade levels through both our Clubs and Book Buddy programs, in which our youngest students pair with older peers as reading buddies.  `

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