Bywood students are developing critical thinking and problem solving skills as they learn about the elements of art and are making connections through observing numerous artists, cultures and their surroundings at home and school. The arts program provides experiences in drawing, painting, ceramics, fiber arts, printmaking and crafts. At Bywood we are trying to "Go Green" by using recycling items when possible and making children aware that art is everywhere in their life. For the second year Bywood has received a grant from the Comcast Foundation to provide one grade level a trip to the Brandywine River Art Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. Each year over 100 Bywood Students have their art displayed at the Annual District Art Show at Upper Darby High School.
Health and Physical Education
The physical education program at Bywood Elementary School provides students with the opportunity to develop habits for lifetime fitness. Students are introduced to different movement concepts as well as team and individual activities during our units throughout the year. Activities are standards based and provide students with opportunities for success. Good sportsmanship, cooperation and teamwork are daily components of every class. At the end of the school year, Bywood students participate in Color Day where they have an opportunity to demonstrate the athletic and social skills they have learned. Bywood students participate in the annual Marine Corp. Physical Fitness Meet held at Upper Darby High School in May.
Classroom Music Instruction
First grade students actively engage in rhythm activities focusing on steady beat. Tonal exercises include differentiating between a speaking voice and a singing voice. First grade students receive many opportunities to play small percussion instruments and xylophones to enhance their musical experience.
Second grade students build upon the tonal and rhythm skills introduced in first grade. With prior experience in steady beat, second grade students now read basic notation and are able to chant rhythms in a consistent tempo. With prior experience in basic tonal techniques, second grade students now use their singing voices to echo basic patterns. With prior experience playing small percussion instruments/xylophones, second grade students now are ready to learn proper mallet technique when playing percussion instruments/xylophones.
Third grade students continue exploring the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, tempo, form, dynamics, tone color. Recorder instruction is introduced into the music curriculum, with student lead drills, improvisation, and reading of notation.
All fourth and fifth grade students are encouraged to join chorus.
In small independent groups, students collaboratively work on various projects involving the elements of music. Students learn how to read and play various simple and complex melodies independently.
The Band program at Bywood is a thriving group comprised of musicians from 4th and 5th grades. Students involved in Band perform for our Winter and Spring Concerts as well as activities throughout the school year. We learn the basics of music reading, how to play and care for instruments, and most importantly, how to cooperatively work together as a group in order to achieve our common goal of playing great music. Dedicated and hard working students are given the opportunity to participate in the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation’s annual Gala, as well as the Beverly Hills Elementary Jazz Band, which performs at the Beverly Hills Jazz Festival as well as records a professional CD. Band membership is open to all interested 4th and 5th grade students.
The library and library instruction provide a core role in supporting literacy at Bywood. Students enjoy quality literature, have the opportunity to read independently with books of their choice, and are taught all the process skills needed to use a modern library. The librarian also teaches and reinforces the Pennsylvania language arts curriculum in research, the use of diverse resources such as Encyclopedias, Atlas, Almanac and online websites, and basic reading skills.
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