Elementary School - Grade 2-3

Primary Years

grades 2-3

Pear Tree School’s Primary Years Program builds on the foundations of your child’s early years to learn new skills, embrace their strengths and reach their full potential, while fully embracing the fun and wonder of this age. Our combined grade environment and small classroom sizes nurture students’ talents and affirm their love for learning. With regular personalized and strengths-based assessments, we support your child to strive for excellence by affirming their sense of worth, belonging and capability!

A smiling Pear Tree teacher and student

Primary Goals

During the Primary Years, we continue engaging your child’s sense of wonder and immerse them in their education through a more advanced curriculum, as well as outdoor and French language programming. Through a personalized, strengths-based approach to teaching and assessment, we support your child to:

  • Increase awareness of their authentic self, the world around them and the connections between the two
  • Expand their numeracy skills and various types of literacy (written, visual, listening, and physical) through application, problem solving and creativity
  • Develop vital life skills, including resilience, determination and organization
  • Connect learning to nature
  • Begin demonstrating age-appropriate leadership and working collaboratively
  • Begin learning French
  • Build on their technology skills through age-appropriate, education-based use of iPads

Skills based learning


As a skills-based subject, math is more valuable when it is understood and actively applied, rather than simply memorized. Your child’s math learning will be embedded into practical themes, related to social studies (quantities, statistics), science (weights, speeds, measurements), and business (financial literacy).

Pear Tree students learn math in context, working with real-life numbers. Consequently, math at Pear Tree is more engaging, advanced and rewarding than traditional math classes.


Similarly, reading and writing are essential hands-on skills that span across subjects. Our language arts skills are interwoven into every part of your child’s education. Rather than textbooks, which often focus on memorization, Pear Tree students read themed fiction and non-fiction books that encourage both their imagination and critical thinking.

Students at Pear Tree develop incredible reading and writing skills as they expand their vocabularies beyond high-frequency textbook words, engage with different sources of information and have constant opportunities to practice.

Did you know that there are 36 valuable outcomes of an education with Pear Tree School?

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