Fifth grade is an exciting year, as we finalize the elementary school experience and set our sights on middle school and beyond. The focus on academics stretches our student's abilities and encourages them to become more independent in their pursuit of learning.We will ensure your child receives an individualized education based on his/her learning needs. We will be implementing the Primary Years Programme framework for a transdisciplanary approach to teaching, this means that we will teach all of the subjects together so we can dig deeper into learning. We will encourage students to be inquirers and investigate what interests them. Students will also start Spanish class once per week.Technology is a valuable tool that we use to enhance our classrooms. Apple MacBooks are used by students to research topics, complete assignments and assessments, and interact with online resources that provide guided practice and experiences with our academic content.Science is heavily threaded through our curriculum, as we prepare for state testing in three subject areas: math, reading, and science. There are many opportunities for on-site and off-campus experiences that coordinate with our learning goals. Students will interact with Science demonstrations and displays at Discovery Place in Charlotte, the Schiele Museum, tour a wind tunnel, and participate in demonstrations presented by NASCAR race team members, doctors, and scientists.