Curriculum

St. Thomas More Cathedral School follows the Curriculum Guidelines of the Diocese of Arlington Catholic Schools. The core curriculum consists of instruction in the following subjects: Religion, Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Students also participate in the following special classes:

Art, Spanish, Library Skills, Technology, Physical Education, Music

A variety of instructional methods are used including cross-curricular units, cooperative groups, direct instruction, discovery learning and hands-on activities. Homework is assigned to review lessons and practice skills.

An optional instrumental band program during the school day and an after-school choir program supplement music instruction. The instrumental band program is offered for grades 4 – 8 and the choir program is available for grades 3 – 8.   The instructional program is supported through the following: Title I Program, Resource Program, Educational Field Trips, Guest Speakers, and Community Service.

 

A word from the teachers about 4th grade…

Fourth grade participates in many fun activities to supplement the subjects that we learn. One of the favorite areas of study is the History of Virginia. We go back in time and live in the time of the American Revolution. Fourth graders may also visit a museum trip with labs, special tours, and presentations is an anticipated Science field trip. We meet with our prayer partners often and do lots of fun activities such as read together, play games, and do crafts. We regularly use software programs and technology to enhance our instruction and have fun at the same time. In social studies, we use Microsoft Publisher to create a travel brochure for the regions of Virginia, and in science we use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a presentation for extreme weather. We also use online resources such as Spelling City, Everyday Math Online, and Voki.  All this makes for a busy and fun fourth grade year.