Upper Elementary Curriculum
The Upper Elementary curriculum is designed to continue to encourage 4th-6th Year students in their development of greater independence and responsibility, creative thinking, observation and problem solving, character development, and confident leadership skills.
The Classroom Environment
Upper Elementary at Oak City Academy continues to individualize curriculum through its Upper El age groups (4th-6th). There is an increased emphasis on small group and project based learning. For some parts of the curriculum, students are challenged at their academic level. In other parts of the curriculum, children work in diversified groups, where they can learn from their peers who have different strengths than they do. The class utilizes hands on experiments, discovery walks, and other projects to keep the children’s learning tied to the world around them.
The Upper Curriculum
The Upper Elementary at Oak City Academy utilizes a Montessori and Classical (Charlotte Mason) curriculum. The students master the basic elements of each academic discipline in reading, writing, math, science, and history. They are exposed to living books as they dive into literature, participate in literature discussion circles, and hone their discovery, observation, and analytical skills through Nature studies.
Projects are used to reinforce the skills of discovery, observation, and analysis. These include the annual entrepreneurial project in which a problem is identified and the students use their learning to produce creative solutions.
Specific Areas of Study
The students begin to move into more advanced concepts of calculation such as dividing fractions, pre-algebra, pre-geometry concepts. The students use materials as they are introduced to these concepts and then they replicate and practice the concept on paper. Students are also encouraged to step back and behold the beauty within the concepts they are learning.
Students continue to work through the Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum, with a writing block several hours a week.
The students study elements of grammar through the individualized Montessori learning environment.
The students learn how language works through the study of Greek. The study of Greek primarily reinforces the thinking and problem solving process. It also reinforces the study of English and other languages the student will encounter throughout life.
Exposure to great literature comes through group reading of classical, beautiful, and inspiring literature. The groups work not only through the elements of the work, but more importantly discuss deeper questions of whether the protagonist should or should not have done this or that.
The students are encouraged to experience the true form of what they are studying as much as possible. Thus if they are studying botany, they grow plants and observe other live specimens, recording them in nature journals.
The students continue studying history in 3 cycles (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern), but they explore specific historical events more fully. They research these events in depth and present this to their classmates. Students are given the liberty to study different facets of the same event according to their interest.
Students will be taught basic drawing skills, painting, color mixing, study great artists, theater and dance.