Programs at Lancashire
Lancashire School prides itself in the delivery of excellent educational opportunities for children. Some of the programs that will be described in further detail on this page are: ABCDarien phonics instruction and Breakthrough to Literacy, Four Blocks model of organization and the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing, Singapore Math, TERC math, science opportunities, enrichment, initiatives and incentives.KindergartenKindergarten at Lancashire offers many opportunities: a full-day program---programs include researched based ABCDarien phonics instruction and Breakthrough to Literacy.Upper GradesLancashire offers classes in first through fifth grades with students being heterogeneously grouped in all rooms, implementing differentiated instruction in whole and small group settings to meet the needs, levels and abilities of all learners. Instructional programs include the 2004 Harcourt Trophies reading series, standards-based TERC Math Investigations, hands-on investigative Smithsonian science kits, and Open Court phonics instruction.WritingKindergarten uses the researched-based Kid's Writing program. Students are encouraged to develop their writing ability with understanding and knowledge of the developmental process that children go through when learning how to write. In grades one to three, students participate in daily writer's workshops where they write to both prompts and self-selected topics and are taught the craft of writing through instruction on the Four Blocks model of organization and the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing.Singapore MathSingapore Math is a teaching method based on the primary textbooks and syllabus from the national curriculum of Singapore. The curriculum has a consistent and strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, with a focus on in-depth understanding of the essential math skills recommended in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and the proposed Common Core State Standards.ScienceAll Lancashire classrooms become science laboratories as students participate in inquiry-based science activities. The Smithsonian and Foss science kits emphasize the learning of process skills, along with concepts. Students observe, experiment, collect, analyze and interpret data. Students then share their data and conclusions through written and oral means.