Moving from the south side of campus to the North Wing marks a huge developmental milestone for our 4th grade students—new space, new teachers, increasing student responsibility, and autonomy. Our 4th graders demonstrate mastery of the academic skills introduced to this point, become confident with their opinions and emerging independence, and build agency to support their own learning. As part of this process, fourth grade teachers focus on a growth mindset and strengthening students’ resilience in the face of challenges, self-awareness and empathy for others, independent study habits, effective interpersonal communication skills, appropriate risk-taking, and academic and personal goal-setting.
Students’ thinking is deepened so that they can make connections with curriculum and individually extend their explorations. Our inquiry-based academic program consists of an integrated, standards-based curriculum that focuses on California and promotes cultural competency and global citizenship. Students will experience a diverse group of authors, engage in critical thinking through both large and small group discussion, and develop classroom teamwork and collaboration.
Public speaking opportunities become more polished and research skills are honed. Decimals, multiple digit operations, measurement, and more work with fractions and algebraic thinking continue to build on the mathematical foundation put in place in previous grades. Students are inspired to think, create, tinker, design, innovate, make, solve and share to deeply understand core scientific concepts.
California history is explored, including the Seven Hills tradition of a Gold Rush Day simulation. Of course, our 4th graders know that the Balclutha is waiting for them—an overnight maritime living history experience aboard a historic cargo ship docked in San Francisco—the culmination of student learning and collaboration.