Uruguayan Program: Elementary School

The Elementary Uruguayan Program starts at the age of 4 and ends in 6th grade. The UP has been approved by the Uruguayan Ministry of Education since 2000. When students finish the Elementary UP, they receive an official certificate of the classes completed. The program is offered optionally for Uruguayans as well as for International students who wish to have or need the International and Uruguayan diploma after graduation.

In 2013 the UP added two important initiatives:

* The Unified Calendar – classes begin in August and end in June of the following year (North Hemisphere Calendar)

* Integration Programs in Mathematics and Science taught in the English language.

If you have any questions  about the Primary School Uruguayan Program, don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Cecilia Burgueño at cburgueño@uas.edu.uy

Initial age 4 (4-5 years old)

Students at the age of 4 should:

  • Communicate through expression, participation and enjoy graphic, manual, and hands on learning activities.
  • Start to understand the meanings of text.
  • Recognize their name and know how to write it.
  • Show confidence when speaking in different languages, and be capable of listening and understanding.
  • Acquire order, good hygiene and courtesy.
  • Develop autonomous behavior.
  • Accomplish independence within the group.
  • Become environmentally conscientious.

 Initial age 5 (5-6 years old)

Students at this level should:

  • Recognize the letters of the alphabet.
  • Write simple words and sentences about their surroundings.
  • Orally communicate activities from their daily lives.
  • Identify a story’s parts; anticipate information and the meaning of different texts.
  • Incorporate courtesy and orderly habits.
  • Promote respect for one self, for the others and the world around us.

Grade 1 (ages 6-7)

First grade students should:

  • Know and utilize addition and subtraction techniques.
  • Manage basic concepts of magnitude, measurement, probability, statistics, shapes, and geometric forms.
  • Develop oral and written expression as a basic element to communicate.
  • Accomplish reading fluently for the comprehension of simple texts.
  • Interpret the setting’s dynamic and the causes that determine changes in it.

Grade 2 (ages 7-8)

Second grade students should:

  • Start applying concepts and techniques of multiplication and division of up to four digits.
  • Know and use different measurement units.
  • Start using the language’s resources to give opinions and to maintain an understandable dialogue.
  • Accomplish comprehensive and fluent reading skills.
  • Have mastery over upper and lower case manuscript handwriting.
  • Know biotic and abiotic organisms and their relation.
  • Discover the relation between man and its background.

Grade 3 (ages 8-9)

Third grade students should:

  • Know and use whole numbers and decimals.
  • Acquire problem solving skills applying the four basic mathematical operations.
  • Begin learning geometric layout and measurement.
  • Read expressively.
  • Start using cursive handwriting.
  • Express clarity in their oral and written language.
  • Study the origins of Uruguay’s history.
  • Know the different ecosystems.

Grade 4 (ages 9-10)

Fourth grade students should:

  • Have mastery over whole and decimal numbers of up to six digits.
  • Utilize geometric instruments.
  • Interpret data for problem solving by expressing it with clarity and in order.
  • Comprehend increasingly complex texts.
  • Maximize the narrative technique and initiate studying techniques.
  • Acquire knowledge of the physical, human, economic, and ecologic reality in Uruguay.
  • Interpret the organisms’ vital production and consumer processes.

Grade 5 (ages 10-11)

Fifth grade students should:

  • Have mastery over decimal numeration.
  • Calculate areas of polygons.
  • Solve polynomials using parenthesis and powers.
  • Acknowledge a coherent written expression.
  • Know the geography of the American continents.
  • Study the process of independence and the history of early Uruguayan independence.
  • Learn about the atmosphere, respiration and the planets of our solar system.

Grade 6 (ages 11-12)

Sixth grade students should:

  • Have mastery over numbering up to millions.
  • Use a variety of methods to problem solve.
  • Apply measurement and layout to obtain data and realize calculations (volume).
  • Interpret and make conclusions about graphs, statistical studies, and investigations.
  • Use the oral and written language to debate, persuade, and give opinions.
  • Utilize lecture as a method to obtain information.
  • Know major national and world events from the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Investigate the globalization phenomenon.
  • Introduce the idea of working from the microcosm to the macrocosm (from atom to Universe).
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