Language Arts: The First Grade Language Arts program uses meaningful literary experiences to to build successful readers. A variety of instructional techniques are used to develop reading, writing, oral speaking, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and critical thinking skills.
Math: The grade 1 mathematics program provides multiple opportunities for students to develop basic skills in: patterning, sorting, graphing, estimating, computation and geometry, as well as problem solving skills.
Science: The Grade 1 Science curriculum consists of 4 categories: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Space and Technology. The students are introduced to the Science process through 3 levels of inquiry (directed, guided and full inquiry.) All these levels engage students in activities that build a strong Science foundation.
Social Studies: Grade 1 is using Social Studies Alive! My School and Family, a program that introduces the structures of schools and families. Students learn how to get along with classmates, follow school rules, and identify people who work at a school. They learn about family traditions and the ways in which family members interact and change.
Physical Education: The Physical Education Program at first grade, develops motor skills and motor concepts that will enable the student to learn to enjoy physical activity and enhance future participation in recreational lifetime activities. PE places a strong emphasis upon physical fitness, cooperative teamwork, sportsmanship, individual development and social interaction.
Host Country Studies: The term “culture” is generally understood to include the philosophical perspectives, the behavioral practices and the products – both tangible and intangible – of a society, and myths and language are the primary vehicles for expressing these perspectives and practices. Pinewood’s new course “Greek Culture 1: The world around me”, designed for Greek-speaking Grade 1 and 2 students, provides opportunities for Pinewood students to develop insights into aspects of the Greek environment and patterns of behavior accepted by Greek society.
Modern Greek: All students in Grades 1-5 study Modern Greek in, as much as possible, leveled groups. The program introduces students to the Modern Greek language through a variety of methods and local resources. The general aim of the program is to generate an enthusiasm for the Greek language and culture and to help students develop the Greek language skills necessary to function better in the life of the host community.
Library: All students in Grades 1-5 meet with Library specialists once a week. During this time, they learn to become effective and efficient users of ideas and information. Students are also encouraged to become enthusiastic readers by engaging them with literature through read-alouds, genre studies, book talks and many other exciting literature-based activities.
Music is the study and exploration of sound and the expressive use of musical elements through the singing of songs and the playing of instruments. Children will join together in musical activities, using their voices and simple instruments to develop concepts about sound and musical awareness. They will participate both individually and in groups in games, songs, and creative movement activities. Children will develop musical ideas in composition in improvisation activities.
Information Technology (IT): IT in Grades 1-5 is taught through an integrated learning approach whereby skills and concepts of computer literacy are embedded in the disciplines taught in the classroom. Students use the resources of the IT Laboratory with the class- room teacher to achieve increasing levels of literacy for the information age.
Visual Art: Students in Grades 1-5 are given once a week instruction in the visual arts with their classroom teacher. This program introduces students to a wide variety of media in the form of exposure, instruction and practice. Through the program, each child can find an individual level of personal artistic expression and appreciation. In addition, art is integrated into the core subjects (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) with the classroom teacher regularly.
ESL: Pinewood offers an ESL program to students who have limited proficiency in English. Students who speak English as a second or additional language are evaluated upon entry to Pinewood and placed on an English Language Proficiency scale of 1-5 (Level 1 students do not speak English at all; Level 5 are fully proficient). Students are evaluated with The Maculaitis Test of English Language Proficiency. Elementary school students with low English language proficiency levels are placed in ESL class with a certified ESL teacher. The program is designed to develop English communication by focusing on the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and interactions.Exiting the ESL program occurs when students have met testing standards while achieving success in the regular classroom. The student’s classroom participation is invaluable in determining success.