As a Primary School for children in Kindergarten through grade 4, the Wales Primary faculty and staff are committed to challenging and meeting the needs of each student. Integral to our mission at Wales is ensuring that all students develop solid skills in the area of literacy and mathematics while providing a solid foundation necessary to success.
At our school, we pride ourselves in maintaining high expectations for achievement while focusing on the individual needs of each student. We have dedicated teachers who ensure that our students benefit from engaging lessons that encourage our scholars to think critically and solve real-world problems. Every member of the school community works to provide our students with an environment conducive to teaching and learning.
There is a concentrated emphasis on Reading and Language Arts at Wales Primary. Children are immersed in the world of reading and writing through the workshop model and the use of authentic literature. There is a strong link between reading and writing. Children are taught strategies to increase their success and independent skills in both areas.
Mathematics are taught using the EnVisions program. Students learn through engaging lessons that include video models to support learning and daily practice of skills with opportunities to apply their learning.
Science, Health, and Social Studies are taught using a blended approach of hands-on activities and lessons embedded in our literacy block. Additionally, we promote sound character development through an emphasis on the pillars of character. Our teachers have high expectations, understand the learning process, and support our students in classrooms with a family like atmosphere where taking risks and making mistakes are a natural part of learning.
Ongoing training and curriculum development provide teachers with the tools and resources needed to address increasing academic standards and further foster creativity and exploration.
Specials include library, art, and music and physical education. The physical education program emphasizes developing strong bodies and fun through non-competitive games and activities. Music and art are seen as essential to the growth of the whole child. In addition to weekly classes, students participate in grade level performances and several local Art Shows. We offer Instrumental lessons and chorus to round out the music program at the elementary level. All students have weekly library and technology classes, which includes time for informational skill instruction, literature exposure, book selection and use of technology and keyboarding. Student’s have access to laptops and i-pads to support their learning. Support services are also offered to assist students with specific abilities and needs.Parent involvement is encouraged and is a significant component of our primary program. Volunteers are utilized in a variety of ways to support academic goals and promote home-school partnerships. Our PTO sponsors and organizes several valuable programs throughout the school year that enrich the curriculum and reinforce teacher efforts. Wales is a place where students find academic success and make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. We strive to develop creative, curious, critical thinkers.
Kimberly A. Morrison