We believe that the future belongs to those who can read, write, compute masterfully, and interact with various cultures and schools of thought to solve real-life problems, and therefore emphasis is placed on the development of both social and academic skills, to last over a lifetime. For more on the Common Core Standards please visit:
ABOUT OUR CLASSES
At the New Belmont Hall Nursery/Primary School, we are dedicated to providing students with the optimal care and practical learning skills that affect long-term and permanent change in their lives. Our curriculum is based on the American educational model; with a fusion of the Nigerian and British learning standards. Our curriculum mirrors our commitment to childhood education: encouraging critical and creative thinking, decision-making and communication, as well as collaborative learning. From the babies in our nursery, to our school-age children, a myriad of developmental toys, games, software programs and assessment tools aligned to the Common Core standards and benchmarks are introduced, to gradually stimulate and advance essential aspects of their development. Students receive individualized learning support and continuous assessment which informs future lesson planning.
We based our English language arts classes on the Common Core Standards that stress students’ acquisition of reading and writing through a balanced literacy approach to reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students reading and writing skills, including phonics, grammar, and mechanics, are continuously strengthened through rigorous daily practice in shared reading, paired reading, read-aloud, guided reading, writing workshops, and vocabulary development practices using reading passages in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. Students are also taught the rudiments of good handwriting. Weekly context-based vocabulary and spelling assessments are conducted by teachers; results used to inform lesson planning; as research has shown that vast vocabulary acquisition translates to improved comprehension and ultimately, learning.
In mathematics (math) the focus is on the consistent review and knowledge of numbers and arithmetic operations. Students consistently review and enhance their knowledge of computation, addition and subtraction, basic geometry, multiplication, fractions, and bar graphs. The problem-solving techniques adopted in our math classes mirror real-life problem-solving. Hands-on manipulatives are introduced to maximize interest and learning in math.
In our science classes, a hands-on approach is adopted to help students explore, discover, and facilitate learning. Collecting and interpreting data of living organisms, and their environment, classifying, and predicting results in mini lab experiments are just a few of the inquiry skills that students acquire as they embark on their quest to know about their world through science. Teamwork is fostered when students’ collectively explore, discover, and share their findings.
— SOCIAL STUDIES/CIVIC EDUCATION
In Social Studies students will learn about their rights and responsibilities, and what it means to be a good student and worthy citizen of their country. They will progressively explore historical, geographical, and sociological perspectives in order to help them understand history and connect it to their lives today. Students will also learn about primary and secondary sources in history, different cultures and geographical regions like the rainforest, and the Sahara Desert, and they will particularly explore the culture, traditions, and celebrations in Nigeria. They will learn how to read maps, learn about ancient civilizations and immigration, and the role of technology throughout history.
— FINE ARTS
Students will continue to develop their keyboarding skills by learning to type the names of objects and people familiar to them. They will use software to enhance their keyboarding techniques and learn the layout of a keyboard. They will learn how to utilize appropriate buttons, menu choices, and commands to manipulate the computer when completing learning tasks. During technology class, students learn the difference between hardware and software and create and edit text documents. Use of computer programs will help to reinforce students’ language and social skills.