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Expressive Arts Curriculum Overview

The Expressive Arts Program at Horizon Academy is one of our strengths and an integral part of our commitment to holistic development for our students. Carefully planned and designed specifically to enhance the interests and talents of our students, the offerings range from the more traditional extracurricular courses to a few newer subjects, and they run the gamut from sports to the creative arts.

Below is a description of the 2012-2013 courses offered.

BASKETBALL (Groups 1, 2 and 3);

FOOTBALL (Groups 1, 2 and 3);

SWIMMING (Groups 1, 2 and 3);

VOLLEYBALL (Groups 2 and 3) It has long been proven that playing sports has extensive benefits for young people, beyond the obvious advantages of developing athletic skill and prowess. The discipline that comes with learning the various disciplines is something we want Horizon students to achieve. These three sports club options are offered so that our students will learn the basic skills needed for each sport, with the goal of creating a school team for each.

CHESS (Group 2) Chess is another course which offers extensive benefits to those who learn it. Playing chess develops concentration skills, teaches children to focus, and, in general, can enhance academic performance. This beginning program will introduce students to chess and prepare them to become the first Horizon Chess team.

COOKING (Groups 2 and 3) This course is an introduction to basic cooking skills and much more. Students will learn about the physical components of the kitchen and all the kitchen tools vital to meal preparation. They will learn to measure and to weigh, to determine the difference between folding and beating, to create their own works of art with food. By the end of the year, they should be able to read and follow recipes and prepare simple meals, appetizers, snacks, and desserts.

CRAFTS (Groups 1 and 2) This is another course planned specifically to encourage the natural creativity of our younger students. They will explore different kinds of crafts, including working with plastic canvas and yarn, building fine motor skills as they learn to fashion and to build new things on their own.

DANCE (Groups 1, 2, and 3) Dance offers yet another means of creative expression, and the goal of our dance classes is to introduce students to many different kinds of dances, to allow them to learn to match music to the appropriate dance, and to challenge themselves to learn basic dance steps as well. By the end of the year, our dance students should be able to treat us to a few numbers that would demonstrate the variety of music and dance to which they have been exposed.

DRAMA and ELOCUTION (Groups 1 and 2) This course offers students with a flair for the dramatic and an interest in the theatre to learn and to develop their skills in performance. They explore various forms of drama, practice elocution and public speaking, and, through the course of the year, have different opportunities to display their talents for the school community.
 
KARATE (Groups 1, 2, and 3) Martial arts is taught as part of the Expressive Arts Program as well as in after school classes as a form of self defense.  The philosophy and physical conditioning of martial arts are taught with an emphasis on reflex development, timing, hand-eye coordination, balance and a sense of well being. Basic skills, forms and sparring drills will be stressed equally to offer students balanced training. The benefits of karate include strength, flexibility, self-confidence, concentration, self-awareness, improved physical fitness, and more. Having a dojo here at Horizon Academy provides our students with the ability to train and to test in the safety and comfort of their school.

NATURE LOVERS (Groups 1 and 2) This option provides children with the opportunity to explore the outdoors, to learn more about the wonders of Nature and flora and fauna native to Belize. It provides hands-on learning for active students with quick minds. This class is the perfect complement to the Organic Gardening course embedded in the curriculum, and taking part should enable students to become so much more aware of and appreciative of the beauty of the natural environment.

IT Time (Group 1) This weekly class provides gifted and talented students of the Lower division an opportunity to further develop their skills with technology. The students use computers to play educational games and work on mastering keyboarding and other basic skills that hone their natural talents as well as keep them engaged and excited about learning.

SAILING (optional for weekends) – Sailing has many health benefits including aerobic fitness, cardiovascular fitness, anaerobic capacity, and muscular strength. Muscle endurance, flexibility and agility are also part of the benefits derived from sailing. Sailing began in the 2011-2012 school year as a weekend activity in which parents can also be involved. Offered with the assistance and the collaboration of the Belize Sailing Association and the Optimist Project, the Horizon Sailing program is poised to become another trailblazer for the school.