Intermediate Curriculum

The Intermediate School provides a structured, highly interactive environment in which girls learn to apply their skills. During this time, girls gain confidence and their abilities are brought to fruition. Integrated technology is an important part of the Intermediate School program. Students work with laptops and apply sophisticated technology skills across all disciplines. Intermediate students also study art, music, a second language, math, science, social studies, language arts and religion. Girls participate in team and individual sports. Students have weekly library periods scheduled into their language arts program where they are exposed to classics in literature and the application of research skills. Students gradually learn to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Special attention is given to the development of critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade is a transition year in which the students move from the Primary environment to the Intermediate School. The students enjoy an exciting year as they learn to take on a new level of responsibility. The curriculum presented challenges each student to develop critical thinking and to appreciate intellectual values.

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  • Art

    Students will learn the foundations of fine art through hands-on experience in many media; including charcoal drawing, painting, clay sculpture and printmaking. Students will gain knowledge of fundamental art techniques and concepts including line, value, color, proportion, perspective, composition, positive/negative shape and shading. Students will learn how projects fit into the context of art history and emphasis will be placed on studying specific artists, both historical and contemporary.
  • Language Arts

    The students strengthen their reading comprehension and develop new reading skills. The reading curriculum includes these elements; the selected novels and the Junior Great Books program. Different purposes for writing are practiced, such as writing for enjoyment and writing to inform. Paragraph structure, correct sentence composition, and the parts of speech are reinforced. Students are engaged in weekly studies of spelling and a vocabulary unit.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    This course designed for Fourth Graders in their fourth year of study of Mandarin. This course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in
    Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mathematics

    The mathematics program emphasizes development of skills in operations of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Number theory is applied in problem solving giving the students the ability to use critical and algebraic thinking.
  • Music

    Music in Fourth Grade is a continuation and expansion of the children’s musical knowledge and creativity. Students will learn the fundamentals of music notation and use their knowledge to read music and compose their own melodies. They will learn to sing and play a variety of multicultural songs throughout the year.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education includes instructional swimming and physical fitness activities. Skill development and rules and regulations are introduced for various team sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, softball, and water polo. Students begin to develop appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing that will lead to acceptable social and emotional behavior.
  • Religion

    The religion program focuses on the spiritual and moral development of the child using the Peace Scholar Program, Finding God text and the Sacred Heart Goals. The students will read literature that presents moral dilemmas and will analyze the steps leading to solutions of these problems.
  • Science

    The students will learn what it means to be a scientist and how to think as a scientist. Fourth Graders learn about bones and skeletons, land and water, and electric circuits. The students learn through hands-on experiential lessons and there is an emphasis on reporting their findings in a proper laboratory format. Making observation, data collection, data analysis, and drawing conclusions are critical skills emphasized throughout the course.
  • Social Studies

    In social studies, the students develop map reading skills which are utilized in the study of the modern era from Victoria’s reign to the fall of the Soviet Union. Additionally, students study Florida and local history through the examination of significant events, geography, economics, humanities, and citizenship.
  • Spanish as a Second Language

    Students start to write simple paragraphs in Spanish. They learn to ask questions in Spanish, as well to answer in complete sentences. They continue to develop their oral, written, reading and listening skills in the target language.
  • Spanish for Native Speakers

    The Fourth Graders will continue to develop their vocabulary skills. They are expected to integrate the vocabulary in their conversations. They will increase their awareness and knowledge of irregular verb forms in the present and the past tense.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, body image, bullying prevention, touching safety, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    Students are introduced to the use of laptops in the classroom this year. Throughout the year the Fourth Grade students continue to explore the programs Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Student and Inspiration. They continue to learn and demonstrate proper Internet and email etiquette, file management, and develop faster and more accurate typing skills. The students are responsible for the care of their school laptops, saving their school work to the Carrollton network, and developing problem solving skills.

Fifth Grade

During Fifth Grade, the students become more aware of their individuality as they grow to see themselves as an integral part of their community. They have opportunities to explore and develop leadership, creativity and spirituality. They begin to understand the importance of finding a balance between reflection and action. They are also ready now to begin the life-long process of discovering that individual rights must be balanced with individual responsibilities. They begin to move out from the small “circle of me” to a growing awareness of the larger world.

Assuming the role of student representatives and participating in class meetings provide opportunities for students to learn the elements essential to a democracy and to practice student leadership. Interdisciplinary projects and presentations offer the students opportunities for varied learning experiences through research and design as well as through reading, listening, speaking, debating, writing, and synthesizing. They investigate primary sources and use research and the creative arts to interpret and role play historical events. The students encounter a variety of role models in their week-long immersion project researching the lives of notable women. They develop an awareness of social justice through individual and group action in connection with both the local and global community. Individual student talents are recognized through participation in the Youth Fair, Belen Invitational Spanish Competition and other inter-school competitions.

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  • Language Arts

    Students have many opportunities to express themselves through the written and spoken word. They write expository, narrative and persuasive pieces and poetry. Students learn to monitor their writing so that readers will understand; this includes revision for meaning, usage and spelling. They continue their study of the parts of speech and focus on the elements of grammar. Emphasis is on developing skills that lead to understanding, appreciating, organizing and assimilating the written word.
  • Mandarin Chinese

    This course designed for Fifth Graders in their fifth year of study of Mandarin. This course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mathematics

    The Everyday Mathematics curriculum embraces many of the traditional goals of school mathematics as well as two new goals: to raise expectations substantially with respect to the amount and range of mathematics that students can learn and to provide materials for students that enable them to meet these higher expectations. The curriculum emphasizes conceptual understanding while building a mastery of basic skills, explores the full mathematics spectrum, not just basic arithmetic and is based on how students learn, what they are interested in, and the future for which they are prepared. The program follows the local, state and national standards. Students will realize by the end of the year that mathematics is not only useful but also connected to their life experiences in the world. They will do this mainly by exploring problem solving using analysis and logic.
  • Music

    Fifth Grade music teaches the students how to apply their previous knowledge of notation to reading music for different instruments. The students will also continue to learn the essentials of music theory and composition. They will also solidify their knowledge by performing, evaluating and creating music.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education classes continue to focus on skill development and a better understanding of the rules and regulations in the areas of basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, softball, swimming and water polo. The students continue to acquire appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing which will impact favorably on the development of acceptable social and emotional behaviors.
  • Religion

    The course of study, using the text, Finding God: Our Response to God's Gifts reflects a vision of the Catholic faith as grounded in Scripture and Tradition and based on the inspiration of Saint Ignatius of Loyola which recognizes the presence of God in all things. The students are called to recognize the presence of God in personal and communal prayer, in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, in their communities of faith, in the larger world community and in all creation. The students use the New Testament of the Bible for reading, prayer, meditation, discussion and dramatization in order to know the origins of the sacraments and to know who God is by studying Jesus' life on earth. The students will be asked to develop a meaningful religious experience through determining a balance between action (service) and contemplation (prayer), by taking time for quiet prayer and reflection, seasonal retreats, and working for justice and peace both locally and globally. Discussion and reflection concerning the five goals of Sacred Heart education in the lives of the students, as well as their awareness and understanding of the changes in their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual growth and development, take place in the religion classes throughout the year.
  • Science

    The inquiry based learning approach is used to explore the topics of “Human Body Systems,” “Magnets and Motors” and “Changes of State.” Through small group, teacher-guided explorations, the students critically analyze the subject matter. From their experiences in the lab, the students develop an understanding of the concepts and the skills needed to solve problems using the scientific method. The following are the skills Fifth Graders will begin to develop through scientific investigation: planning, implementing and analyzing experiments and drawing conclusions from their results; making and testing predictions; conducting, recording and organizing daily observations; communicating information through writing, drawing and discussion; and applying previously learned information to analyze a problem and suggest solutions.
  • Social Studies

    The World History course begins with an overview of world geography and an inquiry into the reasons why geography and the concepts of culture, society, civics, government and economics matter to the people of the past, present and the future. The course continues with the study of the earliest known humans and the factors that contribute to the rise of civilizations. Through the power of story and the revelatory help of other primary and secondary sources, the students explore early civilizations from the Tigris and Euphrates Valley to others established in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The course concludes with the study of the Ancient Greeks whose civilization has greatly influenced many aspects of our present day societies.
  • Spanish as a Second Language

    The course stimulates students to reach a functional proficiency level of Spanish in order to understand and converse comfortably in everyday situations. The students will have enough cultural insight to understand Hispanic Heritage.
  • Spanish for Native Speakers

    Students will demonstrate the ability to use oral and written basic structures of the language. The students will appreciate the different cultural expressions of the Spanish language.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, body image, bullying prevention, touching safety, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    In Fifth Grade, students gain the confidence necessary to become independent users of Carrollton’s network and its resources. Using their personal laptops, students review keyboarding, word processing and file management skills, as well as proper laptop care. Students work towards keyboard speed and accuracy with a goal of twenty-five words per minute. Students use their laptops to create multimedia presentations, as well other projects, using a variety of software, primarily focusing on various Microsoft Office products. Internet safety, e-mail etiquette, and acceptable use policies are stressed as well.

Sixth Grade

In the Sixth Grade, the students are considered the leaders of the Intermediate School and with that privilege comes more responsibility. The teachers act as guides in helping the girls choose the role that they will play in the Intermediate School. The girls have community service opportunities in which they experience giving of themselves, such as the Barnyard tutoring program. The girls now have a myriad of after school activities available to them, which helps them learn to balance school and personal responsibilities.

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  • Art

    Students will learn the foundations of fine art through hands-on experience in many media, including chiaroscuro drawings, painting, sculpture, and relief printmaking. Students will gain knowledge of fundamental art techniques and concepts including value, color, proportion, perspective, repetition, form, composition, and chiaroscuro shading. Students will learn how projects fit into the context of art history and emphasis will be placed on studying specific artists, both historical and contemporary. Analysis and critique will be introduced as students become familiar with the vocabulary and interpretation of art.
  • French

    The course stimulates students to reach a functional proficiency level of French in order to understand and converse comfortably in everyday situations. The students will have enough cultural insight to understand French culture and customs.
  • Language Arts

    Students practice a variety of writing activities, which cover the four main purposes: to entertain, to inform, to persuade, and to express. Following the steps in the writing process, the students learn the importance of revising and editing. The literature program includes short stories, novels, poetry, and essays. The elements of stories studied include character, setting, conflict, plot, and theme. The students have opportunities to read as a whole class, in small group situations, or independently. Vocabulary is drawn from their reading, as well as other sources. Grammar is taught and reinforced through the writing process.
  • Mandarin Chinese - Advanced

    This course is designed for Sixth Graders in their sixth year of study of Mandarin. The course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mandarin Chinese - Introduction

    This is an introductory course designed for Sixth Grade, non-native speakers of Chinese. This course is focused on developing skills of listening, comprehension and speech in Chinese. Students are required to master the Pinyin and the four tones. Basic Chinese grammar and daily vocabulary are also introduced. In addition, students are required to learn about the Chinese cultures and customs.
  • Mathematics

    The students will consolidate the previous ideas of previous mathematics courses. The investigations, problems, and practice exercises will develop the students’ logical, mathematical and reasoning skills. Students complete guided investigations that explore and develop ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills in subsequent chapters. Each student will read and work all the problems as well as discuss them and reason the involved steps.
  • Music

    The Sixth Grade will learn how to correctly use and care for their voices. They will sing a variety of multi-cultural songs and learn how to put expression into their singing. They will also continue to strengthen their instrumental abilities.
  • Physical Education

    Physical education in the Sixth Grade includes continued skill development and mastering of skills with rules and regulations to various team sports which include; basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, softball, swimming and water polo. They continue to develop appropriate attitudes concerning winning and losing that will impact favorably to acceptable social and emotional behavior.
  • Religion

    In the religion program we explore the history of salvation – from Creation, through the Old Testament, to its fulfillment in Jesus – as we share stories of our ancestors in faith. We recognize the importance of the prophets as witnesses for God and their relevance to our own time. We find our connection to Christian worship from its roots in the Old Testament, and learn the life of God’s people and their relationship as it unfolds through the stories. Important themes throughout the book call us to holiness, to care for the Earth, and to act in the ways of justice.
  • Science

    An inquiry based learning approach is used to delve into the topics of Ecosystems including Pollution and Endangered Species; Earth in Space; and Storm Systems. Through small group, teacher-guided explorations; the students critically analyze the subject matter. Through trial and error the students learn the process of scientific investigation.
  • Social Studies

    Interdisciplinary units developed through readings, projects and electronic presentations facilitate the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as it occurred in the western and eastern empires. The course will also enable the students to develop a global perspective through the evaluation of ancient empires; as well as the economic, social, and political challenges faced around the world.
  • Spanish as a Second Language

    In the Spanish as a Second Language course, the vocabulary and grammar structures will be reinforced. Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own. They show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
  • Spanish for Native Speakers

    In the Spanish for Native Speakers course, the student will be introduced to more complex aspects of the language. This will enable them to develop writing skills in a more creative manner.
  • Student Development

    The student development curriculum in the Intermediate School encourages the students to learn to make wise choices regarding their personal well-being and to practice healthy behaviors. Topics covered throughout the year are: conflict resolution, empathy, self-esteem, responsibility, building friendships, respect for self and others, effective communication, problem solving skills, community building, peacemaking skills, bullying prevention, touching safety, body image, puberty, and drug and alcohol prevention.
  • Technology

    Keyboard speed and accuracy is expected to be 24 WPM by the end of the year and the students will use technology tools to process data and learn to report results using a variety of media and formats.
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