Curriculum OverviewIn the first grade, we focus on teaching our students the skills they will need to develop their critical thinking skills. Classroom teachers work closely with special area teachers to employ a model called Thematic Instruction, which integrates multiple disciplines around a specific subject.
Growing in spiritIn a weekly Bible study class, St. Barnabas first graders learn to recognize and celebrate God’s gifts to us. With an emphasis on understanding and applying biblical truths, our curriculum emphasizes the gifts of our families, friends, possessions, and other gifts from God.
Character driven educationWe use the Bible verses listing the Fruits of the Spirit as a tool to help students set clear goals for living now and the future. Each month we emphasize one of the virtues, explore its meaning, and practice its application daily.
Curriculum OverviewOur second grade teachers use an interdisciplinary method of teaching that focuses on the development of higher order and critical thinking skills. Each themed unit is five weeks long and classroom learning is supported by special area class work and field trips.
Learning about God's promisesThe curriculum for our second graders uses activities and stories from the Bible to bring to life the stories of Moses in the Old Testament. Our studies demonstrate God’s promises through the victories and trials in Moses’ life.
IMPLEMENTING BIBLICAL VIRTUESEach month our third grade students learn a new Fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control become a set of personal values that our students practice throughout their time at St. Barnabas School.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWUsing brain-based strategies we guide our third grade students through five-week themed units. Each unit pairs with field trips and special area classes that help to integrate their classroom learning with their everyday lives.
COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO EDUCATIONOur classroom teachers work closely with our special area teachers to ensure that academic content is addressed throughout all other disciplines. This helps students absorb and apply content more effectively.
NURTURING CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENtWe make sure that even the physical environments that our students encounter work to help them excel academically, socially, and emotionally.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWThe fourth grade faculty continue to maintain our global goal of developing students’ critical thinking skills through brain based strategies. In order to satisfy the learning needs of the students, teachers may choose to adjust the time spent on each lesson to ensure students have grasped it before moving on.
UNDERSTANDING THEIR FIVE SENSESFourth grade students learn the intricacies of each of their five senses, how they work, how to label them, and even how to protect them.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES ENHANCE CLASSROOM LEARNINGFrom science labs to field trips, our fourth graders have the opportunity to experience hands on learning inside and outside of the classroom. Some favorites include an eye dissection, science expo, and trips to St. Augustine and Stetson’s Gillespie Museum of Minerals.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWIn their last year in St. Barnabas School’s elementary school, fifth graders continue the five week, themed lessons in language arts, math, science, and social studies. This type of instruction allows them to see just how their classroom work relates to daily life.
PORTRAYING THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRITThe Fruits of the Spirit are not merely taught as a Bible verse to our fifth graders. Instead, students are given opportunities each day to write and read about them and put them into practice inside and outside the classroom.
STARTING FROM THE BEGINNINGStarting with the book of Genesis, our fifth grade students study the entire Old Testament of the Bible. Through this curriculum they gain a better understanding of how each story fits together to form a narrative.
Each week we host a school community chapel service including a time of worship and a life-giving lesson that fosters students in their spiritual growth.
Our enrichment program offers students the opportunity to dive deeper into some of the subjects from their curriculum.
COMMUNITY INSIDE ALL OF US
Building lasting relationships through community is one of the many lessons our students cherish. As students grow, they feel comfortable and emboldened to count on one another for support. Here at St. Barnabas Episcopal School, our sense of community is strong, creating a truly inclusive learning environment for all children.