Grade 5

In mathematics they learn factoring, find averages and work with decimals. They work on word problems and situations involving the measurement of time, linear and volumetric measures and the measurement of weight.

In science the students study botany; there is an emphasis on learning what can be experienced through the senses. The approach appropriate to this age group is synthetic rather than analytic which will come later.

The study of grammar intensifies with review and then phases, direct and indirect objects and compound verb tenses. Word families are emphasized in the reading activities.

The study of ancient history encompasses the cultures of Chaldea, Egypt and Greece approached through the mythologies of the great people. The architecture, sculpture and poetic achievements of ancient people are also presented. The biographies of Buddha, Pythagoras, Socrates, Pericles and Alexander the Great are central to the study. Through their study of ancient cultures, the children experience the roots of western culture.

In form drawing, in addition to a continuation of braided forms, the students also draw geometrical forms seen on Egyptian and Greek artifacts as well as triangles and hexagons. Painting, singing, recorder playing, foreign language study, and both eurythmy and physical education seek to engage the active fifth grader.