Brown students are well-rounded learners. We are proud to offer five specials programs: Visual Arts, Music, Dance/Physical Education, Library/Technology and Spanish. Students rotate Specials every 5-6 weeks, so they have plenty of time to develop their skills. Over the course of the year, all students will experience all of the Specials programs through our Specials Schedule.
Pam Lockwood is excited to be working with our school’s very enthusiastic, highly energetic and wonderfully fun children. She comes to Brown from Poudre School District in Ft.Collins. Her 30 years of teaching experience includes teaching Elementary Music for 18 years and Secondary Music, Language Arts, Drama and Speech as well. She was on staff at a Junior High IB school for the last 5 years and feels very fortunate to continue to teach within the same educational philosophy here at Brown.
A love of movement and physical activity are some of the primary contributors to the lifelong maintenance of a healthy body and lifestyle. It is the goal of Brown’s physical education and dance program to foster such a passion in our students by introducing them to dances and physical activities that are as enjoyable as they are challenging.
In the fall, students learn dances from all over the globe – including Israel, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands. As we learn each new dance, we discuss the nation from which it originates, and discuss when and why the dance is performed, thus promoting a deeper awareness of other cultures. In the spring, students learn classical dances such as ballet and tap, as well as experiment with modern dances. At the end of their dance block, they will be given an opportunity to incorporate all they have learned over the year into the creation of their own dances.
Citing obesity as one of the most dangerous problems affecting our youth today, the dance/gym teacher emphasizes fitness activities as a daily routine. Students learn cooperative and team-building games, work with bean bags and juggling, and experiment with parachutes, climbing, jump roping, floor scooters, rhythmic games and gymnastics.
The hope of the dance and physical education department is that students strengthen their bodies, become more culturally aware, and learn how to stay healthy in today’s society, all while having a terrific time.
The library at Brown is working on developing a current collection which will meet the curriculum and recreational reading needs of students. Our teacher-librarians collaboratively plan and teach with classroom teachers to expand children’s research and literacy skills in their explorations of our Units of Inquiry in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The librarian’s role is to broaden the students’ understanding of children’s literature and support curriculum projects.
The library offers students a variety of materials to check out, including fiction, non-fiction and picture books, as well as magazines and audio materials. Many of the materials are available in Spanish as well as English, with a goal of encouraging each and every child to become a life-long reader and learner.
All students are taught information literacy skills both in the library and in the computer lab. These skills are essential for students to be able to access, evaluate and use information. For a complete guide to what skills are taught in the library and computer lab, please visit the DPS Information Literacy and Technology Matrix.
Thanks to a grant from the Carmel Hill Foundation, Brown is implementing theAccelerated Reader program! Accelerated Reader is a motivational reading program that helps students choose books at their level and allows them to take computerized tests to assess their comprehension. To find out more about Accelerated Reader, please visit their website.
Foreign language instruction is a unique feature of IB schools — our language is Spanish. The Spanish program at Brown International is geared toward fostering cognitive flexibility: when children are fluent in two languages, they know more than one word for the same object or concept. Because words have different connotations and ideas in different languages, children build a more complex understanding of vocabulary and the world. A bilingual child not only can speak two languages, but can think about the world in more complicated ways. For this reason, the Spanish program at Brown is a perfect complement to our IB program.
Students at Brown receive 40 minutes of Spanish instruction a week, during which time they learn language structures (phrases) and vocabulary related to school-wide IB units. Students work in cooperative groups, act-out concepts, learn songs and play games. Native Spanish speakers are given the opportunity to improve reading and writing skills and to support Spanish learners in a trusting environment.