In providing an environment that encourages exploration and risk taking, boys are able to deepen their mathematical understanding. Using the Bridges mathematics curriculum, boys use manipulatives, games, and hands-on exploration to deepen their mathematical thinking. Much of the year is devoted to work on numbers and operations, including writing numerals, representing quantities, solving problems, comparing sets or numerals, and modeling addition and subtraction using fingers, objects, words, actions, drawings, numerals, and equations. The students also learn foundational geometry, exploring shapes and their attributes.
Boys begin to develop a formal understanding of written and spoken language. Daily exposure to reading, writing, listening, and speaking creates a rich learning environment. Grounded in curriculum based on neuroscientific research, the boys engage in the learning of the core skills they need to develop as effective readers, with ongoing assessment and observation charting the learning pathway of each student. We use the Fundations program for phonics instruction.
Boys learn about various environments and how they are affected by changes in the earth, sky, weather, and temperature. Some typical activities include observing, investigating, and recording data about insects and turtles, weather, seeds and plants, senses, light, woodland ecosystem, simple machines, floating and sinking, absorption, ramps and balls, and outdoor explorations.