Primary and Intermediate School Programs
Approaches to Learning
Our primary and intermediate school curriculum is project based and interdisciplinary. Learning is based on an authentic question, in correlation with our community partners. This approach ensures that learning is deep and meaningful, with a focus on the application of knowledge. As an inquiry-based learning environment, all lessons begin with a question. Students ask further questions, hypothesize, conduct experiments, engage in research, document findings, revisit ideas and contribute to capstone work. Each child’s contributions are highlighted in an environment that shares their work through an exploration of communication skills and constructivism.
Reading: The Five Pillars of Reading Instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary Development, Fluency and Comprehension
Language Arts: Fine Motor Skills, Speaking, Listening and Writing
Mathematics: Counting and Cardinality, Geometry, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Fractions, Algebraic Thinking, Reasoning and Problem Solving, Mathematical Vocabulary
Science: Life, Physical, Earth, Space and Health Sciences, Scientific Process and Scientific Vocabulary
Humanities: Civics, Government, Economics, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Geography, Historical Periods and World Cultures
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking
Discovery’s core academic programs are enhanced through traditional enrichment activities, including physical education, fine arts and music. Focus is also placed on foreign language, cultural studies, engineering, philosophy for children and technology.