Belmont Public Schools
Winn Brook Elementary School
97 Waterhouse Road | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5700
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Curriculum

All Belmont elementary schools have the same basic comprehensive elementary school curriculum. All students receive instruction in the

Grade Level System-Wide Curriculum Overviews are distributed via the school newsletter prior to Curriculum Night. Each child brings home the overview for her or his grade. During Curriculum Night in the fall, the classroom teachers and specialists describe their programs.

MCAS TESTING AND ASSESSMENTS

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is administered to students in grades 3 and 4 in the spring, per state requirements. Classroom teachers are encouraged to use performance observations, writing folders and projects as part of the assessment of student learning.

Special subjects (music, physical education, art, library, instrumental)

Students attend some special subjects as a whole class. Their classroom teacher need not be present during these "specialist" periods. Currently, students in kindergarten have physical education, music, and a library story and book borrowing time once a week. First through fourth graders also have art once a week and they have two periods of physical education ("gym"). Students in grades 2-4 have general music classes twice weekly and they visit the library weekly with their classroom teacher (with volunteers present) for exchanging books, and to learn relevant library skills.

Instrumental Music

Children have the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program in grades 3 and 4. Lessons are held during the morning one day per week and again on Saturday morning. Saturday morning lessons are optional and are fee based.

For more information visit Saturday Morning Music School web page.

grade 3: strings
grades 4: strings, woodwind, etc.

The music department informs all families of these offerings in September.

For more information visit Visual and Performing Art web site

Field Trips

Field trips are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Teachers, individually or by a grade level, make arrangements for field trips. Permission slips for each trip are sent home with children prior to the scheduled event and should be signed and returned to the classroom teacher. Room parents sometimes are asked to assist teachers in arranging parent chaperones. Children may not ride in private cars for field trips. Transportation is by foot, public transportation, or rented busses. The cost of transportation and any admission fee is assumed by parents/guardians. In situations of financial need, the cost for a given child is assumed by the PTA so that no child misses a field trip for this reason.

HOMEWORK SYSTEM-WIDE GUIDELINES

Homework is any assigned activity done outside of school which relates to any phase of learning. It can be an enrichment, a refinement, or a reinforcement of learning activities.

Purpose of Homework

  1. To supplement and reinforce skills and work done in class.
  2. To enrich the child's school experience.
  3. To provide opportunities to use skills/knowledge learned in school in creative ways outside of school.
  4. To promote individual responsibility.
  5. To teach ability to budget time and organize one's materials.
  6. To promote independent study and research skills.
  7. To help children make up work lost through absence after appropriate instruction has been given in school.

Role of Teachers

  • to design homework to accomplish a specific purpose closely related to the curriculum for the grade level.
  • to assign the homework carefully making sure the assignment is clear.
  • to assist the pupils in learning how to study.
  • to examine completed homework assignment so that the instructional program can be adapted to meet observed needs.
  • to communicate with pupil and parent when problems concerning homework arise.
  • to vary types of assignments to address different needs.

Assignments Time and Frequency
Grade 1 Discretion of the teacher, Monday - Thursday
Grade 2 Discretion of the teacher, Monday - Thursday
Grade 3 30 minutes - Monday - Thursday
Grade 4 30 minutes - Monday - Thursday

For all grades, reading aloud or independent reading are encouraged whenever there is time.

Role of Student

  • to be responsible for the completion of assignments.
  • to confer with parents and/or teachers if assignments are not clear or are too difficult

Role of Parents/Guardians

  • to encourage the child to accept the responsibility for completing home assignments.
  • to provide a quiet study environment.
  • to assist the child when the teacher and parent have conferred, and agreed that this assistance would be helpful.
  • to confer with the teacher if assignments are unclear or too difficult.
  • to notify the teacher if an unforeseen occurrence prevents the child from completing an assignment.
updated: 7/23/2018 by webmaster
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