Fourth - Sixth Grades
Fourth graders face a
multitude of challenges. This year, students will take on new ways to work
academically and socially. They learn to follow complex directions, work
independently and in small groups, while managing projects that require
Here is what you can
expect when you send your child to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School:
Students become sophisticated readers.
They figure out new words by understanding its root, using
context clues, and word endings.
Teachers will introduce new genres such as myths, legend,
fantasy and adventure.
Students will begin to relate stories to their own lives and
empathize with characters.
They learn to organize information, make presentations and write
Students develop their own writing styles.
In math, they learn prime numbers and work more with fractions
They learn to convert number of minutes in an hour, or ounces in
Teachers will expect students to work on science projects, build
hypotheses, and make predictions.
Students will learn about the first inhabitants of the
Panhandle, explore changes in our population over time, and discover how
different cultures have influenced Texas.
study local and state government.
On some days, your fourth grader may be an independent learner
expressing herself in exciting ways; however, parents should not be surprised
if others days their fourth grader worries and has a difficult time managing
By the end of fourth grade, your student will begin to find his
It is natural for fourth graders to migrate to things/subjects
that interest them and where they are most confident.
Some fourth graders may devour books while others concentrate
most of their time on social pursuits.
Fourth graders often worry about what their peers think of them.
They might need encouragement to ask questions when they do not understand a
fourth grader will probably be more socially sophisticated and outspoken than
you were at their age.
fifth graders will use all the skills and strategies they have been learning in
elementary school. Schoolwork gets more difficult and teachers challenge the
students with long-term projects that require planning and organization.
The social life of fifth graders often overshadows
what they learn — at least for them. Who their friends are and what they think
is more important than ever as puberty begins to bloom. It is important that
parents and teachers work together to help students manage any anxiety and
remain excited about what they are learning.
Here’s what you can expect when you send your child to
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School:
read often and in a variety of subject areas.
They learn to
analyze characters, plot, and setting.
pleasure helps students build their vocabulary and fosters a lifelong love of
skillful writers and create their own styles.
They can edit
their own work based on what they have learned about grammar, spelling and
learn to solve complex math problems, dividing whole numbers, with and without
They learn to
multiply and divide fractions and do the same operations using the powers of
They apply math
problems to solving problems about time, measurement, and money.
are now accomplished scientists who can observe and experiment to gather data
and draw conclusions.
about the processes of living things, like photosynthesis and digestion.
about the people and events of early American history.
They also have
work, in and out of school, on the social issues that arise within their peer
is very real for fifth graders. Being part of the group, what their friends
think, and what they think of their friends is very important.
value fitting in and are more self-conscious about their appearance.
Fifth grade is
a perfect time to discover what extra-curricular activities your student enjoys
and excels in and spend time building on those strengths.
parts of the Panhandle, sixth graders move to a Middle School. Those students
will be the youngest in a new environment and they may be leaving behind
friends they have known since Kindergarten or Pre-K – all this at one of the
most vulnerable times in their lives. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, we
believe remaining in a nurturing, faith-based, academically-challenge
environment is vital the academic and social well-being of our sixth graders.
Here is what
you can expect when you send your child to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School:
· Sixth graders will be expected to
step-up their organizational skills to keep track of long-term assignments and
· Sixth graders begin to take part in
organized sports such as football, tennis, volleyball, golf, track and field
· Your sixth grader will also have the
opportunity to be involved in various clubs and special activities.
· Sixth graders study US History: Colonial America to the Civil War, and go on
a school trip to Washington D.C. each year.
· Students will begin writing more
advanced narrative essays and short-stories such as personal narratives or folk
· In math, your child will work with
percentages and learn the formulas for the circumference and area of a circle.
· You can help your students by asking
them to figure the tip at a restaurant, add sales tax to get the final cost of
Every child passes through a range of
social, academic and developmental stages at his own pace. Here is what you can
look forward to:
· Sixth graders begin to stand up for
· Experience and range and intensity of
on greater responsibility for their behavior and decisions