Elementary School - Grades 4 to 5

Intermediate Years

grades 4-5

Looking for an inclusive and future-focused program that centres the well-being of your child, takes a personalized approach to supporting their success and teaches meaningful, hands-on skills that will pay dividends into the future?

In the Intermediate Years, we build on students’ skills and strengths through integrated and experiential learning, engage them in exciting extracurricular activities and facilitate their growth to help them start feeling excited and prepared for all future grades and beyond.

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Primary Goals

At this crucial age, we guide your child to refine their existing academic and soft skills, engage in self-directed learning and practice more complex and holistic thinking. Ultimately, our expert (M. Ed-educated) teachers empower students to maximize their strengths, navigate more advanced concepts and harness the skills and confidence necessary to excel in future grades and beyond. Primary areas of development include:

  • Advancing and expanding their numeracy skills and various types of literacy (written, visual, listening, and physical) through application, problem solving and creativity
  • Further developing vital life skills, including resilience, determination and organization
  • Continuing to connect learning to nature
  • Further refining students’ presentation and age-appropriate leadership skills
  • Engaging in more advanced projects and teamwork
  • Building on concrete understandings to make broader, global connections
  • Independent research abilities
  • Continue age-appropriate technology skill-building through 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 practise.

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

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