Classroom life at BNS centers on exploration and challenge. Science, social studies and the arts are integrated in our rooms, and academic skills are developed in the context of thematic curriculum.  These themes reflect state and city curriculum guidelines for the teaching of social studies and science.  Over the years teachers have worked together to create a list of topics that create a sequence. They also give children exposure to many disciplines and methods of inquiry.

Typical Curriculum Themes

Pre-K – Forest School

Kindergarten – Shore School

First Grade – Green space, Sustainability and Community

Second Grade – New York City:  Structures, Rocks and Minerals, Bridges

Third Grade – History and Geography of Africa

Fourth Grade – Native Americans / New Amsterdam

Fifth Grade – Mayan Culture, What are you Willing to Stand Up For?





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