Grade Level Highlights

  • Kindergarten

    ●    Letterland day
    ●    Pumpkin farm field trip
    ●    Marbles field trip
    ●    Developmental centers to encourage students speaking, listening, and problem solving skills.
    ●    Animal studies unit where students build aquariums and terrariums for earth worms, fish, and snails
    ●    Reading buddies with upper grades
    ●    Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow
    ●    Additional science labs with our science teacher

    First Grade

    ●    Community walking field trip to local businesses (Make your own pizza at Sergio’s, design your own donut at Dunkin Donuts, visit the State Employees Credit Union)
    ●    Polar Express Pajama Day
    ●    Natural Science Museum field trip
    ●    PEPI (Physical Education Pupil Instructor) program with Wakefield High School students
    ●    Reading buddies with upper grade students
    ●    Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow
    ●    Additional science labs with our science teacher

    Second Grade

    ●    Field trip to the Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science
    ●    Science Fun for Everyone in-school field trip during their Matter Unit
    ●    Walking trip to Wakefield High School to attend their Science Fair
    ●    Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow
    ●    Additional science labs with our science teacher

    Third Grade

    ●   Morehead Planetarium field trip
    ●   Mordecai House field trip
    ●   Holidays Around the World Day
    ●   Class gardens, The Walking Classroom, weekly STEM activities, and reading buddies in some third grade classrooms
    ●   Additional science labs with our science teacher

    Fourth Grade

    ●    North Carolina Heritage Day
    ●    Mother’s Day Poetry Tea
    ●    Perform a North Carolina play
    ●    Carolina Beach field trip
    ●    Field trip to the Legislative Building, Capitol Building, Science Museum, and History Museum in downtown Raleigh
    ●    North Carolina Symphony field trip
    ●    Animal Studies unit where students create habitats for African dwarf frogs, fiddler crabs, and millipedes
    ●    Electricity and Magnetism science unit where students build electric circuits and explore with magnets
    ●    PEPI (Physical Education Pupil Instructor) program with Wakefield High School Students
    ●    Additional science labs with our science teacher

    Fifth Grade

    ●    Safety Patrol
    ●    Student Council
    ●    United Skates field trip
    ●    Leader Program facilitated by Raleigh Police Department
    ●    Additional science labs with our science teacher

    Special Education AU I and II

    ●    Special Olympics (Softball Throw, Broad Jump, 15 meter dash, and 25 meter dash)
    ●    Hillridge Farm field trip
    ●    Marbles field trip
    ●    Use structured teaching principles with individual work stations
    ●    Use visual schedules, scripts, and positive reinforcement
    ●    Received grants this year for individual work boxes, a Hokki chair, a walkie-talkie communication system to use for specials and field trips, and a Kindle Fire

    Special Education Cross Categorical Resource (CCR) Program

    ●    Use multisensory and systematic instruction for students with one of the fourteen disabling conditions
    ●    Trained in Orton Gillingham reading programs

    Pre K Program

    ●    Wakefield Elementary School's Pre K classroom is a part day special education program for children 3 to 5 years old.
    ●    Preschool special education services are based on Individualized Education Plans.
    ●    The goal of the program is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed, providing the support the children need at an early age.  
    ●    The Pre K program includes family workshops for literacy, group community outings, individualized family classroom experiences, family support groups, class curriculum days, and family school partnership home visits.

    Media Center

    Read Across America week celebrating reading throughout the first week of March. We invite guest readers, have special appearances by local community partners, have fun dressing up, and emphasize reading all week.

    Book Fairs offered two times a year. One in the Fall and a buy one get one free fair in the Spring. 

    Author visits throughout the school year.

    Physical Education

    ●    Field Day
    ●    Stack Up Night (Cup Stacking)
    ●    Jump Rope for Heart

    Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program (AIG)

    ●    The Academically and Intellectually Gifted program offers classes and opportunities for students in grades 3-5. Wakefield’s AIG program provides differentiated lessons with units based on learning styles, project-based learning with Live Museums, and Socratic seminar. Students are encouraged to participate in the Duke TIP program, PSAT testing, and the National Mythology Exam.
    ●    K-2 Nurturing for a Bright Tomorrow is a program funded through Duke University for all K-2 students to nurture higher level thinking skills and Habits of Mind. The program is endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) and The American Association for Gifted Children at Duke University (AAGC).