Field Work

 

Riverview Curriculum Framework


At Riverview, we believe it’s important for students to gain knowledge and master skills, but we also recognize that students need to make connections between their learning and the real world.  To guide students, Riverview has created a curriculum framework that organizes the curriculum by providing structure and coherence beginning in Kindergarten and culminating in 8th grade.


At each grade level, students are required to meet proficiency in state mandated standards that are heavily focused on skills and content. To enrich the curriculum, Riverview teachers write integrated units of study centered around Big Ideas to help students see that life is not arranged by content areas--that it’s interconnected. For example, the Big Ideas in the K-2 cycle are  Beginnings, Cycles and Patterns, and Systems. Kindergarten students learn how seeds grow into plants, in first grade, students discover that seeds are a part of a life cycle, and in 2nd grade they explore this concept further by experimenting with how the life cycle of a plant fits in to a larger eco-system.  We call this Connecting the Dots. Students are encouraged to apply what they learn in each grade level to the next grade level, to make meaning, build connections, and apply their learning to the real world.


To further help our students Connect the Dots, Riverview students embark on a nine year journey that is comprised of three cycles. Each cycle, K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 is guided by conceptual themes that link the curriculum with the development of the child-- the child as an individual in an expanding social network—community, culture, and world.












Running through and interconnected to all three Cycles are common threads to Riverview. These include a whole child approach, Core Values, service learning, and preparing 21st century learners.



Riverview’s Capstone Field Experiences


Part of Riverview’s larger vision for students is to provide field experiences that extend the walls of learning beyond the classroom. In addition to the common threads, each cycle  culminates in Capstone Field Experiences and projects at the end of Second, Fifth, and Eighth Grade. The field experiences are designed to allow students and teachers to use place-based learning to enrich the curriculum and engage students in real world, authentic experiences.  These field experiences will build off of the Big Ideas explored in each grade level and the Conceptual themes of Community, Culture, and World.  Students will participate in fundraising for their capstone field trips, and each trip will be presented as a celebratory culmination of the students’ growth throughout the cycle of three years.



8th Grade Trip to Costa Rica

This year students will travel to Costa Rica, South America to investigate the similarities and differences between our local community and environs, with a country on another continent.  Both Beaufort and Costa Rica are coastal areas, both with a history of a plantation economy, and both with a rich and diverse ecosystem.  In addition, students will be able to practice their world language, Spanish, while participating in experiential learning opportunities and service learning experiences. Additional information to come.


5th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Students in Fifth Grade will visit a site of national importance—Washington, D.C.—to investigate the larger context of national identity, history and power.  Visiting the halls of federal government will help students learn about the nested hierarchy of political and legal structures at the foundation of American history and the American experience. Lessons in history will come to life as students relive our nation’s greatest moments and tragedies and pay tribute to our great leaders.  Students will experience first hand how America is a reflection of the cultures that helped create it.  Additional information to come.

2nd Grade Trip to Seabrook Island, SC

It’s fitting then that the capstone “experience” and milestone for our second graders is to participate in a total immersion, experiential field study of a local barrier island.  Students will travel to Seabrook Island, south of Charleston to enjoy a campus that includes nearly one mile of beach, 100 acres of salt marsh, 200 acres of  undisturbed maritime forest, freshwater ponds, and a freshwater swamp. Barrier Island facilities include classrooms, numerous outdoor teaching sites, an arts and crafts building, a climate controlled gymnasium, a low ropes course, a beach front recreation hall,a lighted outdoor recreation field, a health center, full service dining hall and climate controlled beach front cabins with bathrooms.  Since 1980, the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program has provided public and private school students in Kindergarten through 12th grades a unique opportunity to learn about and experience nature in a way that is hands-on, memorable and a whole lot of fun. This learning opportunity gives students the chance to discover the scientific world with all of their senses in an open and encouraging environment designed to see, smell, touch, hear and, yes, even taste lessons in biology, ecology, conservation, astronomy, botany and much more. The kids love it, and very often have their eyes opened to a world they have never experienced or understood before.
 

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