Kindergarten- Grade 2 Curriculum Overview
The curriculum in grades K-2 provides a systematic approach which meets the needs of the whole child while teaching students to think critically and express themselves clearly. The use of technology supports ongoing trends in education, and each classroom has iPads and Chromeboxes for students to conduct research and practice academic skills. Utilization of formative and summative assessments in grades K-2 enables progress monitoring. Academic support is available at each grade level through the Student Success Team.
Students in grades K-2 work to develop foundational skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, listening, and speaking. The reading curriculum includes both whole and small group instruction that focuses on five major components of literacy - phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency. Leveled reading is facilitated by the Mondo Education Guided Reading Program. Faculty are trained in Orton Gillingham, a comprehensive and multi-sensory approach to teaching phonics. To personalize instruction, guided reading groups are used and afford time to work with small groups of students reading on or near the same reading level. A variety of instructional strategies assist students in reading skills through questioning and practice while encouraging fluency, rhythm, and intonation. Reading, listening, and writing centers support formal instruction. Students in grades K-2 participate in Accelerated Reader and Simple Solutions English Grammar and Writing Mechanics. Handwriting in grades K-2 is implemented through Handwriting Our Catholic Faith by Universal Publishing. Cursive writing begins in grade 2.
The focus of the math curriculum is on the foundational concepts of numbers (cardinal, ordinal, nominal) and the base ten number system. Students read, compare, and represent numbers, identify measurable attributes, build a foundation of linear measurement and spatial configurations, construct simple shapes, and begin data analysis. Students are exposed to various math strategies, discover the connection between real life and math through hands-on activities, and are challenged to think critcially about math. The Sadlier series, Progress in Mathematics, is the interactive text used in grades K-2.
Science teachers incorporate project-based learning in grades K-2 and follow the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) to guide the curriculum. To be good stewards of our world, science classes include how people impact the environment and the importance of conservation. STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities are prevalent in all grade levels. A dedicated STREAM lab is planned for 2019-2020. Faculty in grades K-2 use formative assessments in dynamic ways through projects, models, centers, and programs that reinforce the science curriculum.
Students learn about their communities by exploring people and places, learning the responsibilities of being a citizen, and identifying their role at home, school and in the larger community. The introduction of basic map skills, class discussions, and hands-on activities engage students as they develop an awareness of the the world God created. The text, My World Social Studies by Pearson, is used to guide instruction.
Religion is a core course throughout all grade levels and is the underpinning of the educational experience at Queen of Angels Catholic School. Rooted in the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic faith, Queen of Angels fosters a love for and respect for God, God's creations, self and others. Students begin each day in prayer, pray during the day, attend weekly Mass, and participate in various liturgies/ prayer services throughout the year. Catholicity is integrated into all subject areas to instillstudent knowledge, inspire spirtuality, develop critical thinking through a Catholic lens, and enable each student to live as a disciple of Christ. The Sadlier text series, We Believe, provides the framework for daily religious instruction.
Students have Spanish one period per week where the Spanish teacher visits the classroom and offers basic instruction in the language, exposes students to different cultures, and integrates the Catholic faith into lessons.
Students attend computer lab once a week for instruction in keyboarding, coding, and various technology applications.
Weekly, students visit the Media Center to learn research skills, hear stories, and choose books to check out for enjoyment and to develop reading skills.
"Field Trips” come to the school to provide enrichment and hands-on experiences for grades K-2. Each grade level has two High Touch High Tech science programs, one in the fall and another in the spring. Nationally renowned storyteller Carmen Deedy visits once each year to tell her outstanding stories. The year ends with a puppet show by That Puppet Guy which is entertaining and informative.