Curriculum Summary

The curriculum coursework for Ambleside School provides:

  • A wide and varied course of study.
  • An alternating plan for both the development of skills and the mastery of content.
  • An acquaintance with knowledge that is vital, fruitful, and interesting with its informing ideas.
  • The use of books characterized as “the best thought of the best writers.”
  • The use of materials that aid in understanding and exploration without diluting the thought of the discipline.

The courses of study vary between the grades, their time at school, and the depth at which they are encountered. Below is a description of courses of study in the lower, middle and upper schools.  It is the desire of Beira United Christian School to use “the best thought of the best writers”

Course of Study

Lower School

Inspirational Subjects

  1. Bible
  2. Composer Study
  3. History Readings
  4. Nature Study
  5. Picture Study
  6. Poetry
  7. Read Aloud
  8. Tales and Fables /Myths and Legends

Disciplinary Subjects

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Art
  3. Geography
  4. Handwork
  5. Handwriting
  6. Phonics/Reading Instruction
  7. Recitation
  8. Singing
  9.  Portuguese

Middle School

Inspirational Subjects

  1. Bible
  2. Citizenshipv
  3. Composer Study
  4. Literature
  5. Nature Study
  6. Picture Study
  7. Poetry
  8. Read Aloud
  9. Science
  10. World History

Disciplinary Subjects

  1. Art
  2. Composition
  3. Dictation
  4. Portuguese
  5. Geography
  6. Grammar
  7. Handwork
  8. Handwriting
  9. Mathematics
  10. Recitation
  11. Singing

Description of Courses of Study

Art: Formal instruction in technique and various media is introduced throughout the grades, providing experience, observation, and study.

Bible: Readings are selected from the Old and New Testaments as well as Proverbs and Psalms, instructing in the knowledge of God and the knowledge of man.

Citizenship: Beginning in grade four, students read about men and women in relationship with self and others in choosing the good and refusing the evil, as well as their contributions of service to society.

Composer Study: The students are acquainted with two classical composers and several of their works in every grade, cultivating taste and appreciation for classical music.

Composition: In the beginning years, students are solely acquainted with oral composition in the form of narration. Narration is continued daily throughout the grades as a method of assimilating information. Written composition is begun in grade three with work in description, and continues throughout the grades, resulting in formal research projects.

Dictation: Each week, students copy beautifully well-written text, noting spelling, grammar, and punctuation from a classroom text or something studied. Later they are called upon to write a portion or the whole of what has been copied, as it is dictated to them.

Foreign Language: Students are fully immersed in a language through a class taught mainly in this foreign tongue. The time is spent in imitation, repetition, dialogues, and writing.

Geography: Atlases are used throughout the days as a reference in areas of study, as geography is naturally integrated into the curriculum. Geography is taught formally in grades five and six.

Grammar: In the early years, students are introduced to the rules and regulations of our language by way of formal instruction. In the later years, instruction is based on addressing errors in usage.

Handwork: Each year students undertake two handwork projects, such as stitchery, clay, and woodworking, taught by the classroom teacher or an artisan in the community.

Handwriting: In the early years, students master manuscript writing and then are introduced to Spencerian writing, working out and practicing form, size, and style.

History: An introduction to history begins in grades one and two. Beginning in grade three, the history of the Mozambique and the world is taught each year through the seven grade.

Leadership: Provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon their varied relationships and roles to bring about personal growth in prioritizing their time and commitments. Students will read from literature which expresses the “wisdom of the ages” and learn about what characterizes maturity to be able to respond and initiate opportunities for service and leadership presently and in the future.

Literature: A variety of living books of different genres are selected each year, some to correlate with history and science, and others are chosen because they have stood the test of time.

Mathematics: Beginning with arithmetic, students master the art of computation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in the elementary grades. The middle and upper school study other branches consisting of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

Nature Study: Each student keeps a nature journal in which weekly entries are added to include drawings and descriptions. The students become acquainted with their natural surroundings, as well as two other classes of nature, such as birds, butterflies and herbs.

Phonics and Reading: In grades, one and two, students go through a formal program of sight and sound correspondence to develop skills in pronunciation and spelling. Phonics rules are introduced and learned for application, not drill. Beginning phonetic readers are used to reinforce these developing skills.

Picture Study: Students are made familiar with two artists a year and four to six of their significant works. They also experience the style and technique of the artist through reproducing one of their works.

Poetry: Two poets and their works are introduced to the students each year. The students read a volume of their works and memorize poems individually and corporately for personal enjoyment and formal recitation.

Read-aloud: Teachers and students share in the delight of a book that is chosen for the sole reason that we would not want them to miss the opportunity of the joy of reading this book aloud.

Recitation: This time is used to rehearse passages and verses from Scripture, poetry, or history that the students are responsible for keeping in their hearts and minds.

Science: In grade three students are acquainted with animals and fossils through readings, drawings, and hands-on activities. Beginning in grade four through the middle grades, branches of physical, earth, and life sciences are taught each year. Through these varied branches, students are introduced to the principles of science, observation, and demonstration.

Singing and Music:  The students’ voices and ears are trained individually and collectively. The harmonies and melodies of classical and folk music are introduced to the students through song, dance, and instrument. All students, in choral groups, perform at school and in the community.

Tales and Fables / Myths and Legends: In the early grades, tales and fables, as well as myths and legends are chosen from history and various countries, which are read aloud to warm the imagination and instruct the conscience.

Drama – Beginning in fourth grade and continuing through eighth grade students actively participate in performing Shakespeare’s plays. The play is read during literature time and the students spend about four weeks getting ready for the performance, using more time to rehearse etc.