Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at PS 295 utilizes a balanced literacy approach, with arts integration in the content areas. It is designed to help students become confident, competent readers and independent learners. Small group instruction and cooperative learning approaches allow for effective assessment and teaching.

Twice a year, school administration holds grade snapshot meetings for families in each grade to learn and ask questions during an in-depth discussion. Handouts from those meetings are here in English (Spanish translations to come):
Kindergarten- Fall handout
1st- Fall handout
2nd- Fall handout
3rd- Fall handout
4th- Fall handout
5th- Fall handout

The Arts: PS 295 students have creative movement, art, music and drama classes weekly. The arts are an integral part of the core curriculum at PS 295. We also follow the “Citywide Blueprint” curriculum written by the NYC Department of Education to provide every child with a quality arts education. For more on this, go to You may also want to look at

Science: Grades Pre-K through 5 have weekly science classes where they engage in hands-on learning and are provided with opportunities for exploration.

Social Studies: Grades Pre-K through 5 have weekly social studies classes integrated into the literacy program by the classroom teacher.

Literacy: PS 295 follows the workshop model for teaching literacy based on the balanced literacy approach. Teachers implement reading and writing workshops by collaboratively planning units of study. Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of the diverse student population.

Math: PS 295 follows the workshop model for teaching mathematics and Go Math as well as our own investigative math. Each class starts the day with “morning math” and includes at least one period of daily math instruction.

Library: PS 295’s beautiful library is stacked with books and anticipate a schedule that will offer parents times to come in to the Library to attend workshops and make use of the resources we have. Students in all grades will have opportunities to visit the Library regularly. Materials continue to be obtained and catalogued by the PTA Library Committee. These same volunteers assist with staffing the library, so that as many students as possible can have access and borrowing privileges both during and after school. Any parents with as little as 15 minutes can make a difference.

Seeds of Kindness: Susan Weseen will be continuing this cluster again which stems from our PBIS program. She will be working with all grades using a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in our school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

What about Homework?
Homework includes reading every night, as this is an important part of helping each child develop the habit of being a lifelong reader. In grades 1-5, filling in a nightly reading log is a requirement. The written assignments over the course of a week include a balance of assignments in other content areas such as spelling, math, science and social studies, as well as long-term projects. In grades 3−5, writing each night is a requirement. We believe that homework helps our students build stamina for completing tasks more independently while better preparing them for their role as a lifelong learner.

In Kindergarten, homework is for parents and children to spend time together with books. From September – December, homework is optional in Kindergarten to establish routines. Then from January-June it becomes mandatory. Often, especially in the beginning of the year, this will mean parents reading aloud to children. As the year progresses and kindergarten children bring books home from school, children may be reading both to and with their parents or guardians.

There is no doubt that different children will take different amounts of time to complete homework. Parents should reach out to the teachers if their child is struggling with homework.