OMPH School 1st Grade students have a lot of fun! Math classes focus on counting forwards and backwards, addition and subtraction, even and odd numbers, and counting by tens. Word families, -ing words, and journal writing play a big part in first grade Language Arts. Crafts and STEM activities are also an important part of our students’ days in first grade!
2nd Grade is a very special year spiritually! We prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. We also perform a deeply moving Passion Play for the whole school during the Lenten Season. Academically, we transition from the concept of "learning to read" to the idea of "reading to learn." In mathematics we spend time in all the strands: Numbers and Operations, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry, and Algebraic Concepts.
Our 3rd Graders begin the school year learning their multiplication facts. By the end of the year they will begin division. They learn about different cultures and use art to show what they are learning. In Science, they explore the solar system and matter. Religion class focuses on learning the Apostles Creed and its meaning. At Christmas, our 3rd Graders perform a Christmas Nativity play! The play is such a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. Cursive is being taught and the children are very excited to use this skill.
During the year, 4th Grade students grow in many ways academically, emotionally and spiritually. Following the curriculum of the Diocese of Harrisburg, the students are introduced to many new concepts. The 4th Grade at OMPH School has a tradition of studying the saints and giving a presentation on All Saints’ Day.
The 5th Grade students learn much throughout their year at OMPH School. In the area of Religion, the 5th Grade curriculum focuses on a deep understanding of the Seven Sacraments — the preparation, purpose, symbolism, and connection to Scripture. In Mathematics, 5th graders master the four-basic operations with 3 to 4 digit numbers, decimals, and fractions. Students also acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills as they approach problems with a multi-step process. In Social Studies, students learn about Ancient Civilizations from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Renaissance time period. In Science, students learn scientific practices and content through hands-on learning in the Lab Learner Program. Modules in 5th Grade focus on Density, Forces, Work and Simple Machines, and Microscopes. In ILA, 5th Grade students learn how to use comprehension strategies while reading. Students also learn how to write for a variety of purposes and how to respond to grade-level text.