Antelope Trails’ visual arts program is designed to evoke multiple means of expressing creativity, communication, and an appreciation of perspective. Artists explore other artists’ work, art history, emotions, and meanings of artwork and ways in which art is a form of communication.
By using an array of mediums and techniques, artists create two- and three-dimensional art projects based off of the Units of Inquiry in the IB PYP program and the Colorado Visual Arts Standards. The visual arts program provides an overall “think outside the box” approach where children develop a true sense of confidence and willingness to try new ideas in a creative way.
As an IB PYP school, all students at ATES take part in our proficiency-based Spanish program. The program is designed to be both a solid foundation for further language studies in middle school and beyond, but also to stand alone as a program that develops practical and long-lasting communicative abilities in the Spanish language. Classes are conducted 90% or more in Spanish in an engaging and comprehensible way (immersion, but not submersion).
We use a variety of research-based strategies, collaborative storytelling activities, structured play, songs, and authentic conversations in Spanish to build up skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing across a variety of contexts. We tie in to IB PYP themes, concepts, and units of inquiry through looking both at our own cultures and beginning to explore the products, practices and perspectives of the diverse Spanish-speaking cultures within the community, the country, and around the world.
In Music class at Antelope Trails Elementary, students explore singing, a variety of drumming, unpitched and pitched percussion, recorder, ukulele, and guitar, as well as creative movement and drama-all of which culminate in student performances throughout the year. Extracurricular opportunities include 2nd-3rd Grade Choir, 4th-5th Grade Choir, 4th-5th Grade Handbells, and 4th-5th Grade Spring Musical.
The Music classroom supports IB PYP because we learn through inquiry, collaboration, and reflection. The Music classroom also supports the Colorado academic standards because student musicians create, perform, and reflect throughout the school year. The Music classroom also provides a positive atmosphere for students to try new things while also developing an appreciation for a wide variety of culturally diverse musical styles and composers.
Physical Education (PE)
Physical and health education at Antelope Trails Elementary school fosters the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the nature of well-being.
Through physical and health education, students at Antelope Trails Elementary can learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, and develop effective collaboration and communication skills.
This subject area also offers many opportunities to build positive interpersonal relationships that can help students to develop a sense of social responsibility.
In order to give students an opportunity to meet the PYP physical and health education objectives at the highest level, a balanced curriculum that includes significant content is planned.
This content might include:
physical and health-related knowledge, such as components of fitness, training methods, nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise.
aesthetic movement, such as gymnastics, jumping, skipping, hoping and balance.
team sports, such as football, basketball, kickball, soccer, volleyball and hockey.
individual sports, such as gymnastics, and tennis.
international sports and activities, including athletic traditions and forms of movement beyond students’ personal and cultural experiences.