Intermediate, Grades 3, 4 and 5
The intermediate grades continue to emphasize many of the curricular “hallmarks” of the primary grades – a language-rich environment, developmentally appropriate activities and a nurturing of critical thinking skills. Understanding that these are the transition years between the primary grades and middle school, attention is also paid to providing experiences that encourage growth in responsibility and independence.
In the intermediate grades the students explore the writers’ craft both to learn basic skills in grammar and writing and also to become more critical readers. They also come to appreciate and enjoy literature purely as an art. The math objectives include an exploration of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents with attention given both to skills in calculation and problem solving. In social studies the children progress from the knowledge of their immediate environment to a national and global awareness. In science the students learn to use the Scientific Method to explore earth, life, chemical, and physical science. Spiritual and moral development of the children is guided by an increasing knowledge of the Church’s teachings, service to the community, and worship opportunities. Art, music, computer technology, library sciences, physical education and foreign language are also incorporated into the curriculum to promote the development of the whole child.