Language Arts: The Grade 4 Language Arts program focuses on four main strands:
- Written and Oral Language Conventions
- Listening and Speaking
The general aim of the program is to enable students to have access to as many areas of communication as possible; to help them extend and refine their communication skills to the best of their abilities and to encourage them as they develop their own particular styles.
Math: The Grade 4 mathematics program will examine the concepts of place value; adding, subtracting, multiplication and division of whole numbers, Decimals and Fractions. We will also examine Time, Data, and Graphs, Geometry, Measurement, Graphing and Probability.
Science: The grade 4 Science program will help students develop awareness of the natural environment and of how it affects and in turn is affected by human activities, past and present. Students will develop concepts basic to science, such as matter, mass, force, energy, time, temperature, change, interdependence, growth, and development.
Students will be introduced to the scientific method and it is expected that students will:
- Predict the results of an experiment
- Perform an experiment by following procedure
- Construct simple definitions based on their experiment
- Present their interpretation of the results from an experiment
- Use a variety of media to present information
Social Studies: Students in grade four study the development of the United States up to 1850, with an emphasis on the people who were already there, when and from where others arrived, and why they came. They recognize that the United States has a constitution that derives its power from the people; that experienced conflict over land with the original inhabitants, and that experienced a westward movement that took its people across the continent. Studying the cause, course, and consequences of the early explorations through the War for Independence and western expansion is central to students’ fundamental understanding of how the principles of the American republic form the basis of a pluralistic society in which individual rights are secured.
Physical Education: Physical Education in grade 4 stresses the application of motor skills and movement concepts to lifetime physical activities. Proficiency in basic movement forms will lead to enjoyment in more complex skills and activities. Students have developed mature loco motor, non-loco motor and manipulative skills. They begin to practice these skills to adapt and refine them to be used in a variety of specific situations, primarily, in sports and games.
Host Country Studies: Between the 3rd century BC and the 4th century AD the Roman people built up a huge Empire. Including all the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, the Roman Empire was one of the best-organized empires in history. Learning the achievements of the Romans during this long and prosperous period is Pinewood’s goal for 4th Grade students. Since Greece, under Roman rule for most of this period, greatly influenced Rome’s culture, this Course becomes part of the Host Country Studies Program.
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.