Creative arts is mandatory for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts where they learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform.
Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.
Creative Arts – What Children Learn in Dance?
In Dance, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in composing their own dances using the elements and contexts of dance,and in performing their own dances and the dances of others from different times and cultures. They also develop knowledge, skills and understanding in appreciating their own dances and those of others.
How Can Parents Help?
Enable your child to see that dance and movement is something that both girls and boys like to do. Encourage your child to move to music by responding to rhythm, beat and tempo.
Value the different types of dance your child views on TV and in the community, including solo and group dances, modern and contemporary, popular, traditional, classical, and set dances that may be culturally and historically based. Make opportunities to move and dance with your child, Encourage your child to makeup dance compositions individually, or with sisters, brothers or friends, Where opportunities arise, encourage your child to meet dancers. Attend dance performances and discuss these events.
Creative Arts – What Children Learn in Drama?
In Drama, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in making drama collaboratively
by taking on roles and creating imagined situations shaped by the elements of drama, and in performing
drama by actively engaging in drama forms (for example mime, puppetry, storytelling).
They also develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in appreciating their own dramatic
works and those of others.
How Can Parents Help?
- keep a dress-up box handy for your child to use in creating make-believe situations encourage your child to listen to and retell stories.
- talk with your child about the atmosphere and characters created for TV programs, including children's shows, cartoons, mysteries and adventures
- join in role-plays and encourage your child to invent make-believe characters
- encourage your child to make drama based on experiences in their own life, and to perform these at home
- play charades with your child based on shared experiences and interests
- where opportunities arise, encourage your child to meet actors, attend drama and theatre performances and discuss these events.
Peter Johnson - Principal