Elementary Curriculum Guide
The curriculum guide provides a general overview of Quaker Valley’s elementary curriculum and is arranged by grade level. Parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s teacher for more detailed information about course objectives. Curriculum questions that cannot be answered at the building level should be referred to the Department of Instruction and Learning.
The elementary Everyday Math program focuses on developing basic skills and fundamental mathematical understanding over time, first through informal exposure to concepts and then through more formal and direct instruction of specific concepts. Students are taught these concepts through a “spiraling” sequence so they develop mastery over time. Students participate in many different math activities and hands-on games individually, with a partner, in small groups and as a whole class.
Math Standards: Pennsylvania | PA Core | Common Core
English Language Arts
A balanced literacy approach provides each student with rich experiences in reading, writing, listening, speaking, phonics, word study and grammar, with a large portion of the language arts block dedicated to guided reading. Leveled readers are used during guided reading instruction to differentiate instruction so that all children read on their appropriate reading level. This approach provides the opportunity to accelerate children to the next reading level as soon as they demonstrate mastery. Writing is emphasized at each grade level with instruction on developing ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, conventions and presentation. Students are exposed to different genres of writing as they progress through our system.
Resources: Balanced Literacy Program | Parent Guide to Comprehension Strategies
Language Arts Standards: Pennsylvania | PA Common Core | Common Core
Our elementary science program promotes inquiry-based learning, allowing students to develop their own understanding through questioning, analyzing information, and communicating with others. Students work cooperatively to build analytical skills such as observing, recording data, categorizing, creating journals, and communicating results.
Science Standards: Pennsylvania
Social studies topics share a common theme - people relating to and interacting with other people in their environments. The central theme of social studies is the study of people and their behavior in a variety of past and present situations. The following are subject matter areas of emphasis: political science; geography; economics; peoples of the nations and world; social studies skills and processes; and history.
Social Studies Standards: Pennsylvania
Special Area Subjects
In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in art, music and physical education classes twice each six-day rotation, and computer technology instruction once per rotation. Students visit the library once during a rotation. The library schedule supports literacy and research projects connected to classroom curriculum.
Special Area Subject Standards: Pennsylvania