List of 5 items.

  • Kindergarten

    LANGUAGE ARTS: phonemic awareness, phonics and sight word reading; reading aloud from several genres; listening and reading comprehension through discussion; D’Nealian handwriting; self-expression through creative writing.

    MATHEMATICS: sorting and classifying; shapes and solids; nonstandard measurement; number bonds and relationships; addition; subtraction; numbers to 100; time to the hour; recognizing coins.

    SOCIAL STUDIES: exploration  of identity through self, family, classroom community and school community; the impact of innovators and the introduction and application of Brearley’s core values.

    SCIENCE: characteristics of leaves; the biology and ecology of earthworms; the process of composting; study of motion and forces, using marbles; water on Earth; sinking and floating; dissolving and evaporating; day and night.

    WORK AND PLAY: time to play, learn, explore and experience; block building, board games, puzzles and self-initiated projects.

    RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY: character development, social and emotional learning, friendship and resolving conflicts through discussions, team-building activities, art projects and dramatic role-playing.

    SERVICE LEARNING: a partnership with All Souls Soup Kitchen.

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS: topics include our wonderful bodies, healthy bodies, safe bodies, families and feelings.

    LIBRARY: listening to stories; learning how to care for books and how to check out a book; the parts of the library; an exploration  of the author and illustrator Jan Thomas.

    ART: an exploration of many media through work in two and three dimensions; development  of strong fine-motor skills.

    CRAFTS: three-dimensional art projects; sewing as a lifelong skill.

    MUSIC: learning about high and low, loud and soft, slow and fast, up and down, and beat and rhythm through singing and percussion instruments.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION:  exploration  of locomotor patterns, movement pathways, kinesthetic awareness and basic sport skills in Physical Education, dance and Funfit classes.
  • Class I

    LANGUAGE ARTS: small group classes focusing on phonemic awareness, phonics and sight word reading; nonfiction and fiction, plays and poetry for guided reading; listening and reading comprehension; spelling regular and irregular words; D’Nealian handwriting; creative writing.

    CREATIVE WRITING: emphasis on writing freely from the imagination and from the inspiration of literature; story structure, sequencing of events and character development; elementary editing of grammar and punctuation.

    MATHEMATICS: number bonds and relationships; place value with numbers to 100; two-digit addition and subtraction; shape attributes; ordinal numbers; nonstandard measurement; introduction to multiplication and division; halves and fourths; time to the nearest half hour; coin combinations.

    SOCIAL STUDIES: a yearlong study of the five boroughs of New York City with attention to transportation, geography, cultures and landmarks.

    SCIENCE: comparative study of human and animal teeth; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of mollusks; states of matter; the solar system; comparison of seeds and germination; bird anatomy, identification.

    MANDARIN: poems, songs and games designed for a playful introduction to oral communication in a language other than English.

    RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.

    SERVICE LEARNING: partnerships with Citymeals on Wheels, Harlem Grown and God’s Love We Deliver.

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS: topics include babies and families, the birth of a baby, and celebrations.

    LIBRARY: listening to stories, wordless picture books, folktales, and collabora- tive research about transportation.

    ART: introduction to the tools, techniques, materials and practices of the art studio. Students learn the basic concepts associated with art making through a variety of imagination-based projects, including a sequential journey of a dot as it becomes a line, and travels through space.

    CRAFTS: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.

    MUSIC: introduction to rhythmic and five-line staff notation; songs sung during the year are collected in a music book that grows through the Lower School years.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION: locomotor patterns, functional movement exercises, individual sport skill practice; in dance, a study of Isadora Duncan and a collaboration with Science for dances inspired by nature.
  • Class II

    LANGUAGE ARTS: small group classes focusing on phonics, fluency and reading multisyllabic words; story structure and nonfiction reading strategies; listening and reading comprehension including inferential and analytical skills; writing sentences and simple paragraphs; spelling patterns in longer words; handwriting.

    CREATIVE WRITING: emphasis on the stages of the writing process; introduction to free-form poetry.

    MATHEMATICS: place value with numbers to 1,000; multi-digit addition and subtraction; standard measurement; multiplication and division; adding and subtracting quantities of money; introduction to fractions; time to the nearest minute; picture and bar graphs; shapes and solids.

    SOCIAL STUDIES: exploration of students’ names and family histories; life style and culture of the Lenape people; the development of New Amsterdam; leaders in the Harlem Renaissance and the influence  of jazz, art and poetry as unifying forces in American society.

    SCIENCE: a study of rocks and geological change; sound and light energy, including stars; structure and function of the eye and ear; mineral identification; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of snakes; structure and growth requirements of plants.

    MANDARIN: simple character writing, pinyin reading and basic sentence building; continued exploration of Chinese culture.

    RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.

    SERVICE LEARNING: partnership with New York Common Pantry.

    LIBRARY: the further building of skills and exploration of reading for pleasure; indigenous authors; collaborative research about changemakers using printed and electronic sources.

    TECHNOLOGY: introduction to computer graphics, including copying and pasting objects; introduction to the file server, network login, saving and retrieving files; learning how to explore new programs; robotics and basic computer programming.

    ART: an exploration of visual density through the creation of overlapping shapes. Subject matter varies but emphasizes imagination while learning about the world of art.

    MUSIC: expansion of rhythmic and intervallic vocabulary through songs with richer texts and more complicated melodic structure; continued work with the full five-line staff and pentatonic melodies. Each girl who studies an instrument privately has the opportunity to perform in school-sponsored recitals.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION: functional movement exercises and fitness, basic gymnastics routines, sport skill practice with partners and in dynamic games; in dance, a study of Merce Cunningham.
  • Class III

    LANGUAGE ARTS: small group classes focusing on advanced phonics concepts, multisyllabic words and fluency; story structure and nonfiction reading strategies; listening and reading comprehension including inferential and analytical skills; the writing of simple and expanded paragraphs; advanced spelling patterns; grammar and punctuation.

    COMPOSITION: guided writing of a variety of assignments in connection with the social studies curriculum.

    MATHEMATICS: place value with numbers to 10,000; rounding; multi-digit addition and subtraction, multi-digit multiplication and division; bar graphs and tables; fraction concepts and equivalency; standard measurement; angles and shapes; area and perimeter; elapsed time; adding and subtracting money.

    SOCIAL STUDIES: an exploration of identity and community; building classroom community; encouraging empathy for a wide range of human behavior; American Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements: democracy, rights afforded to American citizens, and the injustices and historical context that prompted these movements.

    SCIENCE: design and construction of bridges using newspaper; chemical and physical properties of common household powders; phases of the moon; investigation of acids, bases and pH; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of crayfish.

    MANDARIN: continued practice in character recognition and writing of simple characters; sentence composition; continued exploration of Chinese culture through the celebration of various holidays.

    RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.

    SERVICE LEARNING: through classroom discussion, presentations from Coalition for the Homeless and Brearley faculty, girls examine the crisis of homelessness as it relates to young children.

    LIBRARY: introduction to the library online catalog and Dewey Decimal System; reading aloud of stories or chapter books; pleasure reading.

    TECHNOLOGY: introduction to touch-typing and digital citizenship; continued exploration of computer graphics and animation; reinforcement  of the concepts of saving and retrieving files, copying and pasting objects; learning new applications and robotics and computer programming.

    ART: projects inspired by different artistic traditions involving preliminary planning and revision as well as spontaneous creative choices.

    CARPENTRY: development of spatial and mechanical skills through the use of basic tools and practices of a woodshop; building a small functional object.

    MUSIC: one period of vocal music and one period of ensemble  study per rotation in either a stringed musical instrument or soprano recorder and Orff instruments.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Functional movement exercises and fitness, introduction to basic sport concepts and rules, modified game play, gymnastics routines, study of choreography  through the work of Anna Sokolow.
  • Class IV

    ENGLISH: small group classes focusing on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, analytical and creative writing, and spelling; guided reading strategies such as character mapping, self-questioning, note-taking and use of textual evidence to draw conclusions and summarizing; reading novels and poetry, including those which connect to History.

    WRITING: small group classes focusing on expository writing, grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure, expanded paragraphs; strategies for planning, writing and editing.

    MATHEMATICS: place value with numbers to 1,000,000; rounding and estimation; multi-digit addition and subtraction; multiples and factors; multi-digit multiplication and division; fractions and fraction operations; line graphs and line plots; standard measurement with fractions; area and perimeter; decimals and decimal operations; angles, lines, and shapes; solid shapes and nets.

    SOCIAL STUDIES: a yearlong study of immigration and migration in the US; comparison  of the major waves of migration from the 1840s to the present day. Topics include Chinese, Irish and German immigration in the 1800s, Angel and Ellis Islands, and The Great Black Migration. Students consider the pushes and pulls of migration, the enrichment of culture through the contributions of migrant communities and issues of social justice.

    SCIENCE: factors affecting mold growth; mold structure, uses and prevention; properties  of magnets; behavior, anatomical structure and ecology of selected insects; phases of the moon; simple machines and mechanical advantage.

    MANDARIN: continued speaking, writing and listening with a focus on consolidation  of previously learned materials; students perform a short play in Mandarin.

    LIBRARY: further study of the Dewey Decimal System, collaborative research about insects with the Science department; using appeal terms to identify qualities of a book; developing a deeper understanding of personal reading interests.

    RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY: continuation of the program begun in Kindergarten.

    HEALTH AND WELLNESS: topics include sexuality and values, images in popular culture, body image and the changes of puberty.

    SERVICE LEARNING: partnership with All Souls Soup.

    TECHNOLOGY: continued development  of touch-typing skills and computer programming; creation of slideshow presentations; digital citizenship.

    ART: students rotate through the following three courses, each of which takes place over ten weeks:

    MEASURE CUT CODE: creation of designs based on traditional ruler and compass constructions and the translation of these designs into computer programs for 3D printing.
    PHOTOSHOP: creation, editing and manipulation of images to produce digital artworks using graphics editing software.
    PRINTMAKING: introduction to several printmaking techniques including stencil, paper intaglio and relief.

    MUSIC: continued vocal and instrumental study of strings or the alto recorder; English handbells for performance at the Winter and Last Day Assemblies.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION: functional movement exercises and fitness; the application of skill, strategy and sportsmanship in game play; student-developed dance performance.
The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582