Special Subjects

Special subject offerings are an important component of the St. Thomas’s Day School instructional program. 

Art:

The Art Program is designed to allow students to explore and develop their visual expression while experimenting with a variety of materials, tools and techniques in the art studio. Age-appropriate projects are designed to foster learning, self-expression and creative thinking. We strive to expand sensitivity to the environment and foster the capacity for creativity while providing projects that are enjoyable and personally satisfying.

St. Thomas’s Day School celebrates a weeklong special schedule to allow students to immerse themselves in a variety of art related activities by attending workshops, watching presentations, learning new techniques and working with varying artists. Each year a group of talented artists, many of whom are within our school community, work together to provide our students with an unforgettable experience.

Drama:

The drama program aims to deepen creative thinking skills by engaging students in a variety of theatre experiences. The goal is to spark each actor’s imagination while building confidence through play. Students will explore perspectives using observation, role-playing and reflection techniques. 

Schedule:

  • Fall: weekly, thirty-minute sessions consisting of a warm-up for voice/body/imagination, a discussion about theatre concepts and an activity that reinforces the theme.
  • Spring: students will dive into production season with each class presenting a theatrical presentation on the stage or in Chapel.

Library/Digital Citizenship:  

The library at St. Thomas’s Day School is an open and welcoming environment where our entire school community is invited to work, study, and of course, read! Our library houses approximately 8,000 volumes including computer access for research and an on-line catalogue search of our collection. 

Main objective:

  • Provide exposure to diverse and stimulating literature
  • Engage in mulit-media presentation and projects 
  • Use the library to support the classroom teacher’s curriculum
  • Teach research skills 
  • Provide collaborative activities to identify key issues in today’s digital world

Music:  

Music is a vital part of the St. Thomas’s Day School experience. Our goal is to inspire and encourage a love of music, gain a solid understanding of musical concepts, and to become musically literate. We seek to develop musical ability and understanding by using the three artistic processes of creating, performing and responding.  The curriculum draws from a variety of methods and includes the use of Orff instruments and Kodaly solfege syllables. Special attention is paid to ear-training, vocal development and instrumental skills. 

Student Performances and Groups:

  • Special events
  • Chapel celebrations
  • Grade specific productions
  • Bluetarts Choral Group
  • Orchestra

Physical Education:  

The physical education program reflects and embodies the belief that education of the whole child is of paramount importance. The structure, sequence and continuity of the program provides opportunities for children to use their bodies physically, cultivate friendships through interaction during team play, develop self-confidence and self-esteem and acquire knowledge of athletics/sports.  Students understand the importance of a healthy body being physically fit while realizing their potential as physical beings.

Chapel and Religious Studies:  

Students at St. Thomas’s Day School begin each day in Chapel. The learning that goes on in Chapel is a blend of intellectual, emotional, moral, ethical and social understanding; it is here that the entire community learns and understands together. In Chapel we explore core values and different religious perspectives, we sing, celebrate birthdays and other special events. Chapel is a time for our students and faculty to focus themselves in a positive way before beginning the day.

Religious Literacy provides the School the opportunity to remain loyal to our Episcopal tradition while respecting the beliefs represented in our community, to affirm religious diversity, and to encourage spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional wholeness.  Through Religious Literacy, children examine values and ethical questions and learn about different religious traditions as we celebrate our common humanity.

Science:  

Our students investigate a broad range of physical, earth,and life science topics. Starting in kindergarten, all topics are explored through hands-on activities and student inquiry. Students’ questions form the basis of an introduction to the scientific method. Students learn about making observations and predictions, asking questions, forming hypotheses, and designing and conducting experiments that will test their hypotheses. In Upper School, students have had experience working on experiments both independently and in cooperative groups and have completed several scientific research projects. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) are integrated into the science curriculum.

Each year the students host a Science Festival to showcase the importance of science and technology. Students in grades 4 through 6 work collaboratively on specific science projects that are presented to the broader day school community. Recent topics have included sustainability of our planet, static electricity, superconductors, genome mapping and the science of optical illusions.

Spanish:  

The Spanish program uses a hands-on approach to introduce students to a new language and to explore the cultural heritage of Spanish-speaking countries. The goal of the program is to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a positive learning environment. Students develop listening skills that enable them to comprehend basic vocabulary, structures, and expressions essential for everyday communication. Speaking skills enable children to respond to simple questions, statements, and commands using words, phrases and short sentences. Participating in cultural activities results in acquiring a basic understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.

Technology/Computer Science:  

St. Thomas’s Day School reinforces and enhances curricular areas by integrating technology into classroom learning, thereby giving it a more meaningful and purposeful context.  Students and teachers are exposed to a variety of hands-on computer tools to enhance their curricular areas, to support the acquisition of technology skills, and become better learners and teachers.  Students are exposed to computer programming through an exciting and engaging curriculum that expands beyond teaching the use of computer programs to teaching how to make computer programs.

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