Grade Level Curriculum Guidelines

St. Martin of Tours Academy, in partnership with parents, is a Catholic parish elementary school that prepares students to be lifelong learners through a curriculum that has a strong moral, spiritual, and academic foundation. Students understand the need for peace and justice, and as responsible Catholics, are challenged to answer the call to service and become engaged citizens of the world.

Schoolwide Learning Expectations
Primary Grades

St. Martin of Tours Academy

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  • Participates in prayer, worship, and devotions.
  • Attends monthly school Mass
  • Learns basic formal prayers.
  • Recognizes the Bible as the story of God’s people.
  • Recognizes Creation as a gift from God
  • Understands that each individual is a unique child of God with special gifts to share.
  • Understands the meaning of the sacrament of Baptism.
  • Learns about the skills and virtues of Christian Family living (Family Life).
  • Shares in the missionary


  • Identifies the upper and lower case alphabet letters by name and sound.
  • Identifies beginning and ending letter sounds.
  • Recognizes the difference between a letter and a word.
  • Sounds out simple words.
  • Reads simple sentence.
  • Identifies parts of a book (cover, back, spine)
  • Identifies the title, author and illustrator of a book.


  • Learns to write from left to right and top to bottom.
  • Learns to print the alphabet in both upper and lower case using controlled paper.
  • Begins to draw, dictate, and write words using phonetic spelling.
  • Begins to use capital letters and spaces between words.
  • Begins to use ending punctuation.


  • Begins to use appropriate listening behaviors.
  • Understands and follows oral directions.
  • Shares information and ideas, using complete sentences.
  • Participates in rhymes, stories, songs, and repetitive patterns.


  • Identifies and writes numerals to 100.
  • Identifies ordinal positions (first, next, last).
  • Identifies ordinal dates on the calendar (1st-31st).
  • Puts numerals in 1-10 sequence.
  • Associates numbers with members of a set.
  • Begins to estimate amounts.
  • Recognizes when an estimate is reasonable.
  • Applies the concepts of more than, less than, equal, and not equal.
  • Begins to recognize half and whole.
  • Begins to identify penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar bill.
  • Is introduced to simple addition and subtraction.


  • Identifies, sorts, and classifies objects by attributes.
  • Identifies, describes, and extends simple patterns.


  • Identifies geometric shapes.
  • Measures using non-standard units.
  • Weighs using non-standard units.
  • Begins to tell time to the hour and half-hour.
  • Uses the calendar (days of the week and months of the year).
  • Demonstrates concept of time (yesterday, today, and tomorrow).
  • Names position of objects.


  • Participates in making, using, and recording information using objects, pictures, and picture graphs.
  • Reads and interprets simple graphs.


  • Learns that the properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted.
  • Studies different materials and their physical properties.


  • Realizes that the Earth is composed of land, air, and water
  • Understands that resources can be conserved through individual responsibility


  • Discovers that different types of plants and animals inhabit the Earth.
  • Investigation and Experimentation
  • Asks meaningful questions
  • Communicates observations orally and through drawings.
  • Understands that being a Christian citizen means making responsible choices at home, school, and in our community.
  • Develops an understanding of Catholic values such as love, kindness, honesty, and trust.
  • Commemorates historical events and people through celebrations and seasons.
  • Recites the Pledge of Allegiance and sings patriotic songs.
  • Develops an awareness of our planet Earth and how we can conserve and protect our environment.
  • Learns how to follow classroom and playground rules and knows the consequences of breaking them.
  • Develops an awareness of people and their related jobs at school.
  • Develops motor skills, balance, and ball skills through participation in relays, rhythmic activities, and agility games.
  • Increases body skills and coordination through exercises and calisthenics.
  • Develops sport skills and participates in track activities.
  • Participates in the Presidential Fitness Program.
  • Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition.


  • Learns about visual and tactile perception.
  • Develops creative expression.
  • Becomes familiar with visual art heritage.
  • Participates in analysis and interpretation of art.
  • Art is incorporated in thematic units throughout the curriculum.


  • Introduced to concepts of beat, structure, pitch, form, tempo, dynamics, and tone.
  • Develops creative expression through songs, rhythmic games, use of rhythm instruments.
  • Experiences and develops attentive listening skills.
  • Begins to understand historical and cultural
  • Develops an appreciation of music.
  • Legoland
  • Dairy or Farm
  • CYT Theatre Performance
  • 100th day of school
  • Chinese New Year
  • Dr. Seuss’s birthday
  • Watching butterflies grow
  • Guest speakers 
    • Fire Department
    • Police Department

Parents are encouraged to participate in daily reading. A variety of picture books and children’s Storybooks are readily available at your local library.

Some Suggested Reading Lists:

Beginning Chapter Books

  • All I Can Read Series
  • Ready to Read Series
  • Step Into Reading Series
The Hello Goodbye Window Justes
Kitten’s First Full Moon Henkes
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus Willems
My Friend Rabbit Rohmann
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie Numeroff

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