Curriculum

Math

P.S. 307 supplements its Go Math curriculum with Exemplar Problem Solving, Number Talks, Number Strings and contextualized mathematical investigations from the Contexts for Learning curriculum.  Exemplar problem solving provides students with regular, structured opportunities to investigate real world problems using mathematical models and to communicate their thinking. Number Strings are series of computational problems developed in a sequence that intentionally push students to make connections and build automaticity and fluency in computation.   The Contexts for Learning curriculum, based on the work of Math in the City, engages students in rich mathematical problem solving that is grounded in real world contexts.  We believe this focus on problem solving encourages students to mathematize their world, deepens mathematical thinking and prepares our students for the demands of the 21st century.

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English Language Arts

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project nurtures and supports students with the skills necessary to become lifelong readers, writers and thinkers. Students are exposed to a multitude of genres and are given the opportunity to write in various forms and across content areas. Children are given a significant amount of time to read high-interest books with engagement. The workshop style allows students to discuss and grow ideas. Small group instruction and one-to-one conferring aid learners in deepening strategies, self-assessing and setting goals that empower them to take ownership of their reading and writing lives.

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Science

Our school uses the NYC Science Scope and Sequence in addition to the Next Generation Science Standards to guide interdisciplinary STEM planning.  There are two units of study that have been written by the staff here at P.S. 307 in conjunction with our Magnet Project Planner and an Omni Learn Consultant.  The Fall unit, titled The SELF, involves unique lessons for each particular grade, which touches on how science topics can be related to our SELF.  The Spring unit explores our impact on The Environment. P.S. 307 has two STEM Research Labs, in addition to a STEM A+ Mobile cart with digital microscopes, sensors, clickers, chrome tablets, and more to enhance the teaching and learning of STEM concepts.

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Mandarin as a Foreign Language

Mandarin is offered as a foreign language program to students in P.S. 307 and is taught from Pre-K to 2nd grade weekly. The Mandarin program is designed with the goal of language proficiency and aligned with the common core standards and national standards set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Students focus on the four key areas of world-language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are actively engaged in a variety of activities, practices, tasks and assessments. Cultural information relevant to Chinese-speaking communities and robust cross-cultural reflections are infused throughout the materials from beginning to end. 

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Music

There are two “Music and the Brain” keyboard labs and a wide assortment of classroom instruments as part of the general music curriculum at P.S. 307. Every class at P.S. 307 has music at least once a week in a dedicated music classroom. Pre-K classes learn movement, rhythmic notation, and begin to learn to play a variety of different instruments. Kindergarten through Grade 2 builds on those instrumentation skills, with a primary focus on the keyboard. Grades 3-5 begin to introduce guitar and percussion, while allowing students the opportunity to showcase their accumulated hands-on skills by auditioning for after-school performance ensembles. Cumulatively, a student who has completed the Pre-K through Grade 5 Music Program Experience, will be capable of playing a number of instruments, have a firm grasp on rhythmic notation concepts, and have gained performance experience.

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Physical Education

The Physical Education program engages Pre-K-5th grade students in physical activity as well as health lessons and and math and science infused lessons taught by two physical education teachers. Annual physical activities include (but are not limited to,) basics in golf, volleyball, base games, dance, bicycling, parachute activities, obstacle course, tumbling, and catching and throwing. Some of the health related activities include self-care, healthy eating, social-emotional development, and personal safety. Math and Science infused activities include skip counting, food grouping, measurement (length), weather and simple laboratory lessons such as constructing paper airplanes, making bouncy balls, and making toy parachutes.

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Visual Arts

The visual art program at P.S. 307 gives students the opportunity to explore various art media and methods, and to learn about art traditions and artists from diverse cultures and time periods. Instruction stays appropriate to artistic development in children.  Instruction is designed to push them further to use their knowledge of materials and methods to explore experiences and ideas through art making and visually communicate to the viewer.  The art curriculum is extremely varied in terms of media and method with students exploring media such as pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, paint, paper, cardboard, wood, fabric, clay, and found objects, and methods such as drawing, painting, 3D construction, sculpting, collage, mosaics, and printmaking.  Art instruction at P.S. 307 strives to teach students that they are all highly creative and capable of making great artwork; it is effort, open-minded thinking, and creative risk-taking that are required to do well in art class.

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