Temple ISD offers classroom instruction based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The TEKS are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) includes the following as part of the enrichment curriculum for elementary students: Fine Arts, Health Education, Physical Education, and Technology Applications.
In TISD, elementary students study Music and Art. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Orchestra, starting in fourth grade. They regularly attend physical education classes. Students also learn about technology in their computer lab time. Health education is taught as part of the Science curriculum.
TISD elementary schools offer a planned, sequential K-5 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; and games. The Physical Education program in TISD promotes each student's optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development.
Music for elementary age students in Temple ISD is offered at all campuses. Music teachers use a curriculum based on Kodaly Methodology for their scope and sequence as they address the Fine Arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills at each grade level, kindergarten through grade 1. The classroom musical experience ranges from choral singing in unison to singing in parts, vocal coaching to solo performance, singing games to reading music, expressive movement to dance and theatrical performance.
All music classrooms in Temple ISD are equipped with Orff instruments, from simple hand drums, triangles, and tambourines to various xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. These instruments are used for the purpose of instruction as well as for performance. Some teachers expand the instrumental experience with lessons in recorder or guitar. All campuses offer students at the 5th grade level the opportunity to learn how to play string instruments--the violin, the viola, and the cello.
TISD believes the education of the whole child is important and promotes the blending of all disciplines, academic, athletic, and aesthetic.
Cater artists follow a nationally-recognized choice-based approach to art education called Teaching for Artistic Behavior. The goal is to teach the students to think like artists by allowing them to pursue their own interests, create meaningful artwork and have independence in their learning.
TISD’s elementary Technology Applications curriculum is divided 6 units: keyboarding, word-processing, spreadsheets and databases, multimedia presentations, Internet research, and cyber safety. Students use the technical skills that they learn in the computer lab to produce projects based on the foundation curriculum areas: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.