Pinewood

American International School of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Grade 2

Language Arts: The second grade Language Arts course aims to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and penmanship skills while fostering an understanding and appreciation of literature. This course has been developed to facilitate across the curriculum in all subject areas. 

Math: The second grade Mathematics curriculum aims to provide opportunities for the students to investigate mathematical concepts and develop mathematical skills. 

Science: The second grade program aims to develop the student’s inherent interest in the world around him/her, emphasizing problem solving skills. The science program is related to other curricular areas and is integrated with the Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Art curriculums.

Social Studies: The second grade Social Studies program,Social Studies Alive! My Community, teaches students the basics of geography, economics, and citizenship in the context of learning about communities. Understandings are reinforced by activities that develop a wide rand of skills. These skill include designing a community within the classroom, experiencing A Day at Work, and exploring different type of communities and geographical features.

Physical Education: The Physical Education in grade 2 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: 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 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.