lowerschoolThe staff of St. Martin’s School of Annapolis generates a Christ-centered environment for children. We provide educational experiences which recognize and appreciate similarities and diversity through differentiated instruction, with varied opportunities for critical thinking, hands-on activities, and purposeful, innovative technology. Activities include field studies, community activism, and cooperative learning—all in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere. Our mission is to inspire lifelong, independent learners who will positively impact an ever-changing society.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The Language Arts curriculum begins in the earliest grades with the introduction of reading skills.  These skills are introduced and developed through a combination of methods that include phonics, high frequency and sight word vocabulary. Phonics instruction in Kindergarten introduces beginning and ending consonants and short vowels sounds, syllabification and word families.  First Grade includes the addition of vowel variants, long vowels, and sound patterns.  These skills are continued and mastered in Second Grade. Comprehension strategies and fluency are taught through guided practice and modeling.  Oral and textual vocabulary, literature genres, story elements and the higher level thinking skills of cause and effect, making predications, and drawing conclusions are taught through the use of a wide range of content areas and quality literature including novels and literature circles. In grades three through five phonics practice continues with the addition of prefixes, suffixes and base words.

lowerschoollaGrammar moves from identifying types of sentences and using correct punctuation and studying nouns and verbs in Kindergarten through pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, plural and proper nouns, irregular verbs, contractions and possessive nouns by second grade.  A strong writing component begins at this age using journals, short stories, and book reports.  These skills are strengthened in the intermediate grades where writing instruction includes research, narrative, expository, persuasive, and explanatory works with a focus on the six traits of writing.  Spelling, grammar and vocabulary are essential writing skills and are integrated into the writing instruction.

lowerschoolmathMATH

St. Martin’s School’s math curriculum is personalized for the way students learn and individualized to maximize student success.  The students can interact with the information through oral and written instruction and through the use of manipulatives.  Students work through number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, geometry, and place value.  Problem solving strategies, such as multi-step problems and word problems, are highlighted to encourage higher order thinking. The teachers use real world examples, personalized vocabulary, online games, and student created examples to keep the students learning and engaged.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students are encouraged to be thoughtful, engaged, and lifelong citizens. They learn that they are members of a larger society and that their contributions make a difference to society.  Primary grades include the study of self, school, family, community and nation. Intermediate grades incorporate the study of U.S. History; with an in depth study of the State of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Skills are established using hands-on activities, interactive notebooks, student research, graphs, time-lines, maps, and technology.  Many units are theme based and are integrated across the curriculum, including the study of the One-Room School, Native Americans, U.S Presidents, and Maryland history.

lowerschoolscienceSCIENCE

Science is a process in which students explore, hypothesize, design, test, modify, reflect and draw conclusions.  Through observation and exploration of our world, students are trained to think critically and learn problem-solving skills. Exploratory concepts are introduced in the primary grades and then refined as the student progresses through the intermediate grades.  The units focus on Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. They are designed to bring Science to life through hands-on activities, interactive notebooks, projects, labs and technology.  Science units are often theme-based including the study of the Rain Forest, Dinosaurs, and the Chesapeake Bay.

RELIGION

At St. Martin’s, we strive for all of our instruction to be rooted in a biblical world view. Our Christian teachers care about each student’s spiritual development, and our desire is that each child develops a relationship with God. We cultivate this spiritual growth through daily devotions, prayer time, Bible lessons from both the New and Old Testament, Scripture memory, weekly chapel programs, and service opportunities. Through our Christian Studies, we strive to build strong character and values into our students. As they move forward in their schooling, our desire is for them to be able to stand up for what they believe as well as love and serve Christ by loving and serving others.

lowerschooltechTECHNOLOGY

Students attend computer class once a week age appropriate vocabulary, lessons and projects in Microsoft Office software; Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher. Our technology program introduces a multitude of skills at a very young age with the intention of establishing a framework of skills on which to build. Instruction is presented in a number of ways to accommodate various learning styles.

DSC_4137PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1] Students will be exposed to a higher level of Lead-up Games, Sports Skills such as Football, Floor Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer.

2] Fitness Activities for Endurance, Strength, and Flexibility will be introduced.

3]The idea of trying your best is more important than being the best in both team and individual sports activities.

LIBRARY

During our weekly visits, the students build upon previously learned skills.  Students learn about the Dewey Classification System,how to locate books with the online catalog, and how to access and use our electronic databases. They learn about research and note-taking skills and use a variety of reference books.   Students learn about great books to read from all genres.  They check out books and participate in our Accelerated Reader program.  The Library/Media center promotes reading every day! Our students are excited about reading.

MUSIC

Name an instrument that is very portable. What was your guess? If you said “voice,” you are right! We learn about music by singing and playing games. In grades 4-5, the children learn to read music by playing recorders. Music plays a part in the Dinosaur Museum, Thanksgiving, the Rainforest, the Native American Museum, Presidents’ Day, Maryland Day, and the Christmas Program.

lowerschoolartART

Local museums, Annual Student Art Show, School Art Gallery Website featuring student artwork and Artist in Residence programs are all a special part of the Art experience at St. Martin’s.

For students in K-5, Art is provided once a week.  Our approach for the Art program includes 6 areas of Art Education: aesthetic awareness, development of skills, art production, critique process, cultural and historical aspects, critical thinking and problem solving.

Students in K-5 are introduced to and explore painting, drawing, printmaking, multi-cultural arts, clay sculpture and art history… to name a few.  The Art curriculum reinforces the academic subjects of science, math, social studies and history.

SPANISH

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Spanish elementary lessons will cover Spanish vocabulary including : greetings, colors, numbers, days of the week, family, classroom objects, parts of the house, clothing, food, animals, body parts, etc. These are introduced to students through songs and finger plays. Each year thereafter an additional grade level will be added. We address the curriculum according the foreign language standards for Maryland State. These benchmarks are categorized within communication, culture, connection, comparisons and communities. Spanish from 1st grade through 3rd grade is taught twice per week for 30 minutes each session. 4th and 5th grade have 45 minutes each session.