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Lower School

Second and Third Grade

Second & Third Grade Team

The Second and Third Grade Team is a collaborative, spiraling union of the second and third grade programs. As consecutive grade-level teams, this program diversifies the student experience both socially and academically.
Through varied hands-on, thematic units and projects, students will access overarching questions at their level of ability and interest in areas ranging from social studies to reading. This model allows Berwick to build a stronger, larger learning community, yet provide more opportunities for differentiated instruction as well as collaboration and innovation within the second and third grade classrooms and within the Lower School as a whole.

While we currently have distinct second and third grade classes with varied opportunities for mixed-grade student interaction, we also have the flexibility to add a second grade-third grade flex class in a given year based on academic, social-emotional and class-size needs.

Essential Questions

The afternoon schedule typically involves a combination of homeroom and grade-level writing classes, social studies classes, and Exploration (special subject) classes.

Skills and Enduring Understandings

Second and third grade students at Berwick explore living and survival patterns of humans and animals through the lens of nature, geography, and immigration.  Students, as they further transition from the process of “learning to read” to the process of “reading to learn” become immersed in literature and integrated activities that encourage a sensitive appreciation for the human condition, past and present.  Students also continue their growth as enthusiastic writers and readers, competent mathematicians, inspired participants within Exploration classes, and respectful friends within the second and third grade classrooms and throughout the Lower School.

Social studies is a key subject area within the second and third grade program, as the students build their knowledge and understanding of the United States throughout the school year. We travel through the five regions, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and Southwest, and learn about each state within each region. We study capitals, mountain ranges, large rivers, landmarks, foods, climate, and more, in addition to learning a variety of interesting facts about each state within a region.  We also begin to better understand the vastness of our country and how regions differ from each other. This is an appropriate foundation as the children prepare for fourth grade and their study of the thirteen colonies and early American history.
Beyond the social studies content material and project-based assignments, the Math in Focus program, various literacy class sessions, social emotional learning activities and the Exploration classes all round out an impressive second and third grade curriculum and collaborative focus.

Sample Daily Schedule

Meet the Teachers

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  • Kelly Martin

    Second Grade
    I first joined the Lower School at Berwick Academy in 1993 and taught Kindergarten and helped to develop the Kindergarten into a full day program.
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  • Kelsey Guziak

    Third Grade
  • Jess Richardson

    Third Grade
    I am a native of the Seacoast area, raised in Portsmouth, NH and currently living in Dover, NH with my husband and 15 year old son, who is a sophomore at Berwick.
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Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.