Primary Grades (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

religionjesusAt St. John Vianney School, the students learn that their faith is an essential part of their daily lives. The religious education program at each grade level weaves the six tasks of catechist at developmentally appropriate levels. These six tasks are: knowledge of faith, liturgical education, moral formation, teaching to pray, education for community life and missionary initiatives. Through the study of each area the students examine the richness of their living faith and gain new insights about themselves.

Through their Catholic education, the students receive the moral foundation necessary to face the challenges and difficulties that life brings. The students will be prepared to make important decisions and to formulate an educated and faith-filled opinion on the controversial issues that they will face in the future.

In first grade students continue to learn about God’s many gifts as our creator.  As students grow in their faith, they will begin to learn more about Jesus’ life, Catholic prayers, the saints and the Holy Sacraments.

The second-grade year is a memorable one, as students experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. The students are grounded in a simple but deep understanding of God’s personal love for each of them. A special emphasis is placed on learning about the Mass. 

The third grade year students learn about Jesus and the beginnings of the Church.  They learn about being members of the Church, Discipleship and the Worship of the Church. 

English Language Arts

In the primary grades, first, second and third grade, teachers build upon the students’ experiences in early primary classrooms, using a variety of classroom activities to develop important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Recognizing the diverse abilities of students within the classroom, primarypix2teachers work in both whole group and small group settings. Students will continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words. Through reading and regular study, they will increase their sight word and reading vocabulary. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in stories, articles, and other sources of information. They will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction, including informational texts, folktales, and fables, at their individual reading levels and, with teacher support, of increasing complexity. Students will work on developing their writing on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary and basic rules of Standard English. As they progress, they will begin to learn how to develop a topic and strengthen their skills by editing and revising.


primarypix3Students in the primary grades still have a concrete understanding of many mathematical principles. Teachers work to extend these understandings through the use of manipulative, interactive technology lessons, frequent guided and individual practice, and other best practices for first, second and third grade students. A major focus within these grades is their work with whole numbers and place value. Students will work on addition and subtraction skills. Students will also use visual aids like graphs to solve problems. They will use their place value understanding to solve word problems, including those involving measurement. They will also build a foundation for understanding fractions by working with shapes and geometry. Students are encouraged to find ways to apply their mathematical understandings to the world outside of their classroom as a means of reinforcement. In third grade, students will continue to build their number sense, developing an understanding of fractions as parts of whole numbers. They will develop a foundation for multiplication and division and apply problem-solving skills and strategies to solve word problems. Students will also explore the area of a rectangle and other aspects of measurement. Teachers also support students in developing the perseverance and problem solving skills necessary for success with future math concepts.


Science instruction is a hands-on, diverse curriculum that explores aspects of Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Students use their powers of observation, experimentation, and real-world context to explore thematic units of science. Building upon their growing skills in the classroom, students have the opportunity to read, write and demonstrate what they know in the classroom and through displays throughout the school. Students begin to learn how to ask relevant questions, make observations, take measurements, and draw conclusions as they develop their problem solving skills.

Social Studiesprimarypix4

In the primary grades students begin to understand more about life in different areas of the United States and Florida’s role within America. This includes an exploration of government and civics, economics, geography, and history in places and regions of the United States. Students also study how individuals, families and communities interact together and apply this understanding to their classroom and school interactions. Social studies instruction also explores cultures around the world through folktales and nonfiction texts to broaden student understanding of how people around the world live and how this is impacted by geography, history, and economics.

Well Rounded Education

At St. John Vianney School teachers recognize that all children develop at different rates and have differing abilities and interests. Our approach to education looks at the whole child, not the sum of discrete academic areas. In addition to direct academic instruction in the content areas and religion, students attend classes in art, music, library, technology, physical education, and Spanish. These experiences enrich the academic program and offer cross-curricular connections to the classroom when possible.