The third grade Language Arts program is committed to building and expanding both receptive and expressive language skills. Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking are the four main strands which are developed. All areas are integrated and taught simultaneously with the focus being on individual needs. Specific skills are identified and children are given a variety of appropriate opportunities to develop their skills. Some specific learning objectives are:
- Read orally with the appropriate fluency, accuracy expression and intonation.
- Participate in conversations and discussions.
- Understand and retell text and messages heard.
- Listen carefully and critically so as to understand major ideas.
- Use comprehension skills and strategies while listening to oral text.
- Develop vocabulary through the use of grade-appropriate reference materials (dictionaries, thesaurus etc.)
- Compare and contrast characters, settings and events.
- Use a variety of planning strategies for writing and organize information according to the type of writing.
The grade 3 Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing concepts and skills in the following areas: Number sense, Computation and Estimation, Measurement, Geometry, Data, Probability, Statistics and Patterns. A variety of methods will be used with an emphasis on the experiential approach. Some of the skills students will master are:
- Read and write six- digit numerals and identify the place value for each digit.
- Recognize and use the inverse relationships between addition/subtraction and multiplication/division to complete basic fact sentences
- Solve problems involving the sum or differences of two whole numbers between 0 and 10,000
- Use estimation techniques in determining solutions to problems
- Recall the multiplication and division facts/tables through 10
- Estimate and then use actual measuring devices to measure length weight and capacity
- Identify describe and classify common three-dimensional geometric figures
- Read, interpret and display data on graphs and charts as sources of information.
The grade 3 Science curriculum includes the following themes: Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science and Space and Technology. Children will be introduced to the wonders of science with the aim of creating within them a life long interest and passion for discovering the world around them. Some of the skills they will be exposed to are:
- Understanding of scientific methods
- An understanding of process skills such as: observing, measuring, classifying, collecting data, inferring, predicting, interpreting data and experimenting.
- A basic understanding of the human body
- Awareness and an understanding of patterns and relationships in the environment
- A precise scientific vocabulary
Social Studies: Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond broadens students' awareness about the local and global communities in which they live. Students learn the fundamentals of geography and explore different cultures and public service roles.
Physical Education: The Physical Education in grade 3 will developed mature loco motor, non-loco motor and manipulative skills. They will practice these skills to adapt and refine them to be used in a variety of specific situations, primarily, in sports and games. Students will improve their individual performance and social skills.
Host Country Studies: Modern scholars tend to believe that the Trojan War really took place. Did heroes then, like Achilles, Hector, Odysseus or Ajax, so vividly described by Homer, exist and actively participate in such a great war, just for the legendary beauty of Helen? Pinewood’s Grade 3 students like the best of reporters investigate the Mycenaean period and draw conclusions.
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 bet- ter 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.