Elementary years include a challenging, balanced, age-appropriate curriculum. San Jose Catholic School’s elementary program focuses on each student’s individual learning style. This is accomplished by incorporating the best practices of teaching in the daily curriculum while striving to meet the needs of each student. Student-centered, interactive classrooms are designed to develop students as critical thinkers and to prepare them for middle school. Students are provided age appropriate Art, Library, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Technology instruction. Curriculum appropriate field trips are scheduled throughout the year.

Specific Programs:

  • Language Arts: Reading, English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Age-appropriate Spanish, Art, Computer, Music, P.E., Guidance, & Library instruction
  • Curriculum appropriate field trips

First Grade

Language Arts- Reading

Students are introduced to more complex words and longer stories. Emphasis is on new phonemes, comprehension skills, and memory words.

 Language Arts-English

First Grade students will learn about the writing process and the mechanics of good writing. Students will continue to work on the conventions of standard grammar and usage when speaking and writing. They begin to learn about the writing process as a class and create individual writing assignments.

Math-

First grade students participate in a wide variety of mathematics activities each day and your child will learn through hands-on experiences, discussion, and exploration. First graders study number and numeration, operation and computation, data and probability, measurement, geometry and algebraic thinking. Number and operations in base 10 will teach students by extending their counting sequence. Students will learn place value by working with two-digit numbers and use place value and properties of operation for addition and subtraction. Measurement skills will be used to teach students to tell time.

Religion-

First grade students will utilize hands on learning approach with Religion. They will study the Seasons of the Church (the Liturgical Calendar), the Altar, The Holy Family, Church Prayers and Church History. First grade students will learn how to recite the Rosary. All students will participate and make their own personal Rosaries. Students attend weekly school community Mass.

 Handwriting-

 First grade students will continue to practice and perfect printing all upper and lowercase letters.

Science-

First grade students begin to study Earth Science and learn to recognize the features of the earth, sun, and the moon. They explore Life Science by looking at the characteristics, environments, and behaviors of humans, animals, and plants.

Social Studies-

First graders learn about the world in which they live. They study about families, communities, citizenship, geography, patriotism, and cultures.

Grade 2

Language Arts- Reading

The second grade student will learn the basic features of reading, which include: knowledge of letter patterns, translating the spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They will develop comprehension skills that will enable them to generate and respond to questions, make predictions, and compare information from several sources.

Language Arts-English

Second grade students will learn and develop skills to write clear and coherent sentences/paragraphs that construct a central idea with purpose and audience in mind. They will write about familiar objects, events, and experiences.

 Math-

Students are expected to perform and improve with quick recall daily, while still being stretched in operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base 10, measurement and data, and geometry skills. Many hands-on materials are featured and used in most lessons.

Religion-

Second Grade at San Jose Catholic School is a very important year in the student’s faith journey as they strengthen their connection to life as a Roman Catholic. Students are immersed in a very faith based year as they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The daily life of a second grader is full of connections to their faith. Mass, prayers, rosaries, and May Crowning, each promote the strong foundation of the student’s faith. Students are also expected to share and foster their faith. Parents of second graders are involved in the faith formation in second grade during sacramental preparation.

Spelling-

Spelling is taught using a phonetic based program, which allows students to learn with sound recognition, spelling rules, and word structure. Second graders learn to spell utilizing dependable patterns and memorization. It exposes students to vocabulary usage within sentence and paragraph structures. It assists students’ to further broaden and advance not only spelling, but with sentence development and writing techniques.

Handwriting-

Second grade students will continue to practice and perfect printing all upper and lowercase letters.

Science-

Second grade students will begin learning the scientific method and its application to grade level experiments. In Earth Science, students will study the patterns of weather and how factors affect the weather. In Life Science, students will learn about the structures and functions of living organisms.

Social Studies-

Students in second grade benefit from a variety of opportunities in Social Studies, which further their understanding of the world in which they live. They study the seven continents and U.S. geography. Students are introduced to civics and government as they learn about the United States and the country’s formation. Students gain understanding of the life of Early Americans as they actively explore and live the life of Pilgrims during Colonial Day. Social Studies is an engaging and fun subject for second graders at San Jose Catholic School.

THIRD GRADE-

Language Arts-

Third grade students continue to develop skills in writing. Students practice and improve writing techniques through a focus on sentence structure, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. They increase their knowledge of language through acquisition and use of new vocabulary. Third graders apply writing skills across the curriculum.

Math-

Third grade students extend their addition and subtraction computation skills prior to beginning the study of multiplication and division. Students continue to build skills for problem solving with geometry, fractions, measurement, time, decimals and statistics.

Religion-

Third grade students continue to focus on scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church. Emphasis is on the Church, and how they, as members of the Church are called to discipleship. Students attend Mass weekly.

Spelling-

Third graders use spelling patterns and strategies to improve skills. Building spelling skills assist students to write fluently across the third grade curriculum.

Handwriting-

Third grade students are introduced to cursive writing techniques. These techniques are taught and practiced in the classroom to ensure correct letter formation.

Science-

Third graders explore and study Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science. Students are taught the skills of scientific inquiry for use with experimentation and problem solving.

Social Studies-

Students in third grade learn how they are connected to other people in the local community, state, nation, and the world. Third grade students learn map skills, and how to interpret charts, graphs, and time lines. Students study history, geography, and the responsibilities of being good citizens.

FOURTH GRADE-

Language Arts-Reading

Fourth grade students continue to develop skills in reading comprehension and critical thinking. Using various genres, students are taught and challenged to read with understanding, using text and personal experiences to draw conclusions. Fourth graders use several reading sources, textbook, chapter books, and Accelerated Reading books.

Language Art-English

In fourth grade, students continue to expand and perfect their writing skills. Students continue to focus on grammar, sentence structure, and parts of speech. Vocabulary and spelling strategies are vital in assisting students in learning to become good writers.

Mathematics-

Fourth grade mathematics focus is on operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, numbers and operations with fractions, measurement and data, and geometry. Students entering fourth grade are expected to know the basic facts of each operation, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The textbook is available on the SMARTboard and is used in daily instruction.

Religion-

Fourth grade students study the Old Testament and the Ten Commandments. They learn about the Catholic Church and the Liturgical calendar. Students study the parts of the Mass and learn the names of the items on the altar used by the priest. All fourth graders attend and participate in the weekly school community Mass. They serve as the choir, altar servers, and gift bearers for the year.

Spelling-

Fourth graders use spelling patterns and strategies to improve skills.

Science-

Fourth grade students continue to expand their knowledge in Life and Physical Sciences. Students also study Earth and Space Science and the human body system. Learning is enhanced with activities and instruction on the SMARTboard.

Social Studies-

Fourth grade Social Studies focuses on five themes of geography, location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions. Fourth graders study Florida History, which examines the state’s early history, Native Americans, European Explorers, and Catholic Missionaries. They trace Florida’s path to statehood, learn about state government, and famous Floridians who have impacted the state. This history comes to life through a guided field trip to St. Augustine. Students will also learn how to effectively read and use charts, graphs, political and physical maps. Classes are enhanced with lessons on the SMARTboard. The text is available to students at home through an online resource.

FIFTH GRADE-

Language Arts-Reading

Fifth grade students continue to learn to read from a wide variety of genres, texts, media sources. Students learn to compare and contrast various types of literature. They learn to discern key ideas and details within a body of work and to analyze themes. Fifth graders learn to become independent, proficient, and fluent readers.

Language Arts-English

Fifth grade students continue to strengthen writing skills by expanding knowledge in areas of grammar, sentence structure, capitalization, and punctuation. Students will learn the importance of development and organization skills that are required to write with clarity and coherence.

Math-

Fifth Grade students continue to expand skills required to be effective problem solvers. Students will understand concepts, and knowledge of basic facts. They will expand computational skills and ability to select appropriate strategies required in problem solving. Fifth graders continue to build skills with fractions and decimals. Various interactive websites are utilized with the SMARTboard. This class is designed to prepare students for middle school math.

Religion-

Fifth grade students continue on their faith journey as they develop a greater understanding of the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church. Students grow in their understanding of Catholic beliefs, practices, traditions, and prayers. The focal point in fifth grade is a detailed study of the seven sacraments and learning what it means to live as a member of the Catholic community.

Spelling-

Fifth grade students expand and enhance spelling skills. Students learn spelling techniques and are provided instruction that promotes increased development in thinking, phonics, vocabulary, reading, and writing.

Science-

Fifth grade students are actively engaged in learning about the world and the scientific principles that are required to understand and interpret information. Physical science topics cover matter, energy, and motion. Students will study Earth science examining earth, resources, and weather. Life science will focus on plants and animals. Interactive websites used with SMARTboard technology enhances classroom instruction.

Social Studies-

Fifth grade students focus on the relationships between people, places, and environments in the Americas. Students cover topics from the earliest migrations in America through the 21st Century. Activities strengthen map and globe reading skills and proficiency with time line and graph interpretation.