Related Arts at Westwood Elementary

Each day, WES students attend a Related Arts class for 45 minutes. Throughout the week, students attend Music, Art, Library/Technology, and Physical Education twice.  A description of each class is below.

The Art Department at Westwood is an ever expanding program that allows students to explore and enhance their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of art techniques such as illustrating, painting, hand building, graphic design, print making, and more. Students will also get a blast from the past by discovering that specific historic artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, used similar techniques and mediums as artists do today. Technology is also used in these classes as a medium for creating digital artworks and for artist research. Students are encouraged to do their best to create a piece of art while learning techniques, the elements of art, and the principles of art. Everyone is an artist at something. It is Mr. Schuster’s goal to help individuals find out what that is.

Every week students will visit the library as part of our related arts schedule. In library students are not only given the opportunity to checkout books, but they are also given instruction on how to find books that are a good fit for them while being exposed to several different genres. In addition, students engage in collaborative conversations and projects through technology, helping them dive even deeper into reading.

For more information about our library please visit our Media Center page.

First through fifth grade students at Westwood Elementary attend music once a week for 45 minutes. Kindergartners attend twice a week for 20 minutes. Our goal at the elementary level is to learn through active musical experiences with singing, moving, and playing instruments all while learning, exploring, and experiencing music in a variety of ways. All students learn to read rhythm patterns and learn how to play a variety of rhythm and orff instruments. Fourth graders learn to play the recorder and continue that experience through fifth grade. Third, fourth, and fifth graders have the opportunity to join the Westwood Chorus. Chorus meets once a week in the mornings before school. Other musical performance opportunities occur in December and May with short grade level performances and the Talent Show.

Physical Education plays a vital role in a student’s development and growth. According to recent medical studies, physical well being of a student is directly related to his or her performance, whether in class or in life in general. The goal at Westwood is to provide students with a physical education program that stresses and develops physical fitness, self esteem, cooperation, teamwork, and an active life style in a fun and safe environment.

Students will have the opportunity to visit the computer lab to learn about technology, computer proficiency, and 21st Century skills. Mr. Beard will be focusing both on technological readiness (typing, mouse skills, shortcut keys, etc.) and on technological application (coding, website building, research, etc.). We also focus on teaching students responsible digital citizenship, or what it means to be a productive, positive, healthy member of the online world.

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