Curriculum

5th Grade

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, Community Service.

A word from the teachers about 5th grade…

STM 5th graders grow in independence and develop organizational skills by self monitoring homework assignments and use of binders. Cross curricular lessons are planned with diocesan guidelines in mind. Both teachers work very closely to provide students with meaningful activities and projects that help make their learning experience more enjoyable. Students can be seen using iPads frequently in LA, making timelines in SS, working on string art in math, creating a Saints’ Hall of Fame in religion class and exploring properties of rocks and minerals in Science.