There are several emphases in the elementary Art program. Primarily, the students learn to create their own artwork, being exposed to a variety of media and techniques, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, weaving, and others. In addition, they learn about other artists and their art. We also aim to develop their creativity and foster a sense of good aesthetic judgment and an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual aspects of the world around them. All classes have Art for one 45 minute period per week.
Physical Education is based upon the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes and skills that are the foundation for participating in quality activity. Physical Education’s mission is to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.
At Ellicott Elementary, Physical Education as an integral part of your child’s total educational process. Through movement, your child develops physically, mentally, morally, socially, and emotionally at his or her own level of ability and development. Students in grades 4 and 5 are also given the opportunity to further their use of these skills in an intramural program for boys and girls.
At the Kindergarten through Grade 2 level, your child is offered foundational experiences in perceptual movement, rhythms, dance, gymnastics, and games. At the Third through Grade Five level, rhythms, dance, and gymnastic experiences are continued in addition to the introduction of structured sport lead-up games. Physical fitness concept and activities are presented and reinforced through all the grade levels.
The Library curriculum at Ellicott is based on the New York State Library curriculum and the one developed specifically for Orchard Park. It is sequential in nature. The emphasis at the elementary level is on learning basic organizational skills of libraries, use of library terminology and materials, and location of skills. There is also a strand covering reading for pleasure and quality literature. The library integrates technology to a variety of ways: the automated circulation system, CD ROMs, and electronic databases for reference. When leaving Ellicott, it is hoped that our students will be able to use libraries independently, relying on the adults (parents are librarians) only for location of more obscure materials or topics.
The computer curriculum is designed to give children in all grades exposure to, and hands-on interaction with, computers as a tool for learning in all subject areas. It starts in the primary grades, learning the parts of the computer and care for the computer. As the children pass through each grade, they are also exposed to the versatility of technology, its limitations, and the impact it has on society.
A large part of the curriculum is keyboarding and word processing, but these skills are not taught alone. Teaching children the creative writing process is a major part of word processing. The goal is to teach the children to use the computer as a tool for writing.
The computer is a valuable tool for other subject areas as well. Children use various computer applications for activities, from drill work in math facts to doing research for a Social Studies and Science projects. More abstract skills such as problem-solving, decision-making and thinking skills are taught through the use of various software application programs.
Vocal music at Ellicott meets one 45 minute session per week. The curriculum includes movement activities, singing, and playing musical instruments. Along with the preceding activities, children experience music from many different countries and become familiar with music written by different composers. Children become familiar with music of different time periods and styles.
Chorus for fourth and fifth graders is another opportunity for children to experience a variety of music for singing and performing.
Fourth and fifth grade students are offered lessons on violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, baritone horn, trombone, French horn, tuba and percussion.