After School Program Information:
Below are forms you will need for your child to enroll in the After School Program.
The Curriculum at Barnard Academy
The curriculum used at Barnard Academy is based on inquiry and conceptual teaching, using a framework of rigorous content knowledge as a solid foundation. Factual knowledge is placed in a context and is enhanced by conceptual knowledge. Conceptual knowledge is clarified as it is used to help organize the important details. This ensures high academic achievement using cumulative teaching techniques and content-specific strategies that match content with student.
Below is a description of the programs we use.
For literacy, we use the Balanced Literacy approach. To track reading proficiency and growth, we assess using the Fountas & Pinnell assessment system.The F&P continuum takes us through the learning progressions, building from year to year. Content for reading is also determined as much as possible by the units being taught in Social Studies and Science. We also use the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Writing for the Intermediate hub.
In science we build units using the NGSS standards, which are shared by teachers across the district. Because we have multi-age classes, we combine some grade level units from each grade for one year, and then teach the rest the following year. For example, this year we are teaching some 3rd grade units, and some from the 4th grade, and next year we will teach the remaining units. This is the way we work through the combination grades.
In the Intermediate hub we use the district scope and sequence and we go back and forth due to the combinations. For example the 3 & 4 grade has been doing “Rivers of the World” next year a study of “Mountains.” This year’s history curriculum is Vermont, colonies , and events leading up to the American Revolution, next year it will be World cultures,( Vikings, Romans, Africa, Islam).
For grade 5 and 6: this year the focus is US history starting with the Constitution through Westward Expansion and US geography. Next year it will be Ancient Civilization and world geography.
For the Primary Hub, we use the Core Knowledge curriculum.
Here are some curriculum maps from this school year.
If you have further questions about the curriculum at Barnard Academy, please contact Hannah Thein.