Lower School STEAM Enrichment
ArtThe Creative Arts program strives to develop students who are confident in observation and technical skills using a variety of mediums. We try to support our students in their individual strivings for aesthetic and expressive growth. The program promotes the understanding and use of basic art concepts, terminology, and tools. Students are exposed to art history and the art of other cultures. They render still-life, landscape, figure, portrait, and wildlife projects in both two and three-dimensional mediums. We hope to build cooperation among students through partnership and team projects. Our studio environment provides the opportunity to create high-quality pieces and to receive individual and group assistance.
The Performing Arts program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience and gain an appreciation for the various aspects of theatre, music, and dance. The music curriculum has various areas of focus including basic music theory, vocal technique, ear training, general musicality, and appreciation as well as developing each student’s independent musical performance abilities. The theatre curriculum includes training in projection, diction, character development, physical acting, improvisation, stage directions, and introduction to theatrical production. Students explore basic movement skills for the stage and beyond through musical theatre, rhythmic dancing, and expression through movement. Through our Performing Arts program, the students have the opportunity to explore their individual talents and creativity, while also fostering their self-confidence and ability to work as a collaborative member of an ensemble.
Physical EducationThe National Association for Sport and Physical Education has established content standards for school physical education programs that clearly identify statements related to what a student should know and be able to do as a result of a quality program. The National Standards provide the framework for Hampstead Academy’s curriculum and programming objectives. Students in grades three through five continue to develop and review their movement vocabulary, as well as apply concepts and strategies that apply to the unit in progress. Modified gameplay and basic strategies are taught. Multiple step directions are given to teach skill work. Students are now able to use and apply movement vocabulary and concepts to gameplay and unit activities.
Students are introduced to Spanish at the Pre-Kindergarten level and continue yearly, building their mastery of this language. In Primary School, students will explore the Spanish language with songs, literature, games and hands-on learning activities. As students progress in the Lower School, they continue to develop their listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. Curriculum topics were specifically chosen to incorporate many of the themes studied in previous years. In Upper School, the Spanish program explores the Spanish language through different chapters that combine vocabulary, grammar and culture elements. Spiral learning and repetition are important elements when learning a language. Because of this, the program recycles and introduces new and old materials at the same time.
The goal of the Mandarin Chinese language program is to provide our students and opportunity to study the Chinese language and the colorful Chinese culture so that they will be more familiar with China as it becomes more relevant in the global economy. The Chinese language program begins in Pre-kindergarten, with students learning Chinese songs, numbers, colors, and basic introductory phrases. As students progress through the lower elementary grades, their experience with Chinese language and culture becomes richer and more complex. The Chinese language is an introductory program at Hampstead Academy, we hope to build up a solid foundation for their Chinese learning experience and initiate the connection between our students and China. We would also like to inspire our students, the future citizens, with the ability to see different cultures with a broader perspective in our ever-changing world.
TechnologyThe use of technology at Hampstead Academy serves to further the facilitation of the school’s Technology Mission: Hampstead Academy will provide an environment that enables students to develop fluency in technology to become global innovators as it relates to real-world experiences and community responsiveness. The program is structured utilizing the ISTE NETS*S (National Educational Technology Standards for Students from the International Society for Technology in Education). Grades K-8 are involved in projects across their educational experience that incorporate technology and address standards for collaboration, innovation, research/media fluency, digital citizenship, technology operations, and problem-solving. Projects may involve international collaborations, programming concepts, internet use/safety, digital storytelling, keyboarding, word processing, and more.Additionally, students make use of the school Makerspace and experiment with ideas, tools, and materials to discover the variety of possibilities to solving problems. As students work with their hands, persevering through setbacks, and engaging with others in creative collaboration, the Makerspace activities allow for empowered, active learning. It is real interaction with real objects, real tools, and real people.