Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment clone
Curriculum & InstructionAcademic & Social Emotional Learning
We take a whole-child approach to education at BES. We consider both the academic and social-emotional learning that is needed to support academics and successful participation in the learning community. The information on this page is not an exhaustive list all curriculum provided by teachers.
English Language Arts (ELA)
Our goal for BES students to be strong readers and writers. It’s the foundation for learning everything! We follow the Literacy Expectations developed by Orange East Supervisory Union. It uses a variety of tools: Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, guided reading, writing and spelling.
BES students are encouraged to be math thinkers! We promote concept understanding and problem solving as well as arithmetic. Along with the other OUUSD schools, BES uses a math program called Illustrative Mathematics. Following this program assures students are receiving a complete scope and sequence across grades. Teachers are trained in math instruction by All Learner’s Network. We follow the Math Expectations and framework developed by Orange East Supervisory Union. Math Curriculum Framework: Prekindergarten Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade Sixth Grade
Social Emotional Learning
We teach children how to get along, problem solve, think of solutions, and control big emotions (self-regulate). Students receive daily lessons on character strengths through The Positivity Project. This helps us develop a common language. It teaches students to be self-aware and to think about others. Other tools we use are Zones of Regulation, We Thinkers, Second Step, the CASEL framework, ASCA mindsets and behavior standards, and the Teaching Pyramid practices. We use Restorative Practices when students need help with a specific situation or more targeted learning. Restorative questions that are presented to the student:
What happened? What were you thinking at the time?
What have you thought about since?
Who or what was affected by your actions? In what way?
What about this was the hardest for you?
What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
BES follows the Next Generation Science Standards using a hands-on exploration, including in our outdoor classrooms.
Technology Integration Using the ISTE Standards for Students, BES students build their computer skills through weekly direct technology instruction, beginning in Kindergarten and extending through 6th grade. Starting in older grades, students have daily access to chromebooks that they can use to support their academic learning. Classroom teachers work closely with the Technology Integrationist to plan creative learning opportunities that blend technology into instruction and project completion. During technology class, students learn coding using a variety of sites and applications, including Kodable, CodeSpark, Code.org, Scratch Jr., and Scratch. Students also learn the concepts of digital citizenship using curriculum from organizations like Common Sense and Google.
Art Our BES artists develop their artistic skills and creative thinking in art class. Students create art using a variety of media, studying drawing, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, found-object sculpture, print-making, and more. Learning activities are based on the National Core Arts Standards, so students are given an opportunity to create art, present their artwork, and respond to / make connections between works of art and their own lives. Student artwork is presented digitally on the Artsonia website, as well as physically in the halls of BES, and at the Art Show at the end of each school year.
Music Music at Bradford Elementary school is based around the National Core Arts Standards. Students in grades K-2 focus on moving, creating and performing music on various different melodic and percussive instruments. Students in grades 3-6 Primarily follow the Music WIll curriculum, learning to create and perform modern band music on instruments such as guitar, keyboard, ukulele, bass and drums.
PE Using the National Physical Education Standards (www.shapeamerica.org/
Library Science The BES school library empowers students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.
The school library program’s instruction, reading promotion, resources, and services are developed around the AASL Standards Framework for Learners six essential Shared Foundations—Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage.
Health & Wellness
BES teaches healthy habits and provides health and wellness instruction:
- The Farm to School Coordinator works with food service to provide nutrition education and monthly test tastes of local produce.
- K-3 students have Care for Kids once a year. Care for Kids teaches children important life and safety skills as required by Vermont Act 1.
- Grades 4-6 receive age-appropriate puberty education, and additional health instruction on vaping, smoking, and other substance use.
Homework is assigned to most grades. Homework:
- Provides time to practice skills
- Reviews and reinforces skills; it's not new learning
- Helps to create habits of discipline and responsibility
- Is for children to complete, not adults. The work should be done independently within the time frame listed below.
Teachers check on student progress in different formal and informal ways. In addition to classroom tests and classwork, we have some required state and district tests.
Star Assessments -reading and math
Parent’s Guide to the Star Assessment
Fountas & Pinnell (F&P), literacy
Primary Number and Operations Assessment (PNOA), math
Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)
Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Program (VTCAP), replaces Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) starting Spring 2023
Report cards go out about 2 weeks after the end of each trimester. Report cards are based on academics and work habits. Academics are standards based. This means the goal is for students to get a “3” by the end of the school year. All content for the year will be on the report card. Grades align with all schools in the supervisory union.
The grading scale for academics:
Blank=Not Covered this rimester
Work Habits are based on Characteristics of Successful Learners. The grading scale is: