The Arts

The arts provide:

  • a means of communication
  • opportunities for becoming skilful
  • a means of expression of both emotional and intellectual perspectives
  • exposure to other cultures and other times
  • a means of accessing other disciplines
  • a vehicle for wondering, reflecting and consolidating.
The arts are important areas of learning in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Students will learn the disciplines of visual arts and performing arts, as well as learning about the arts (the skills and processes involved) and through the arts (artists, perspectives, themes and ideas using the arts). In all areas of learning, the PYP teacher values imagination, creativity and original thinking. This may be especially evident through the arts. The creative disciplines of visual and performing arts are closely connected to each other, as well as having strong links to other disciplines. The creative process is seen as a driving force in learning through inquiry.
The arts are built into the curriculum as essential areas of learning, not added on as optional extras. Visual and performing arts are significant disciplines in their own right and are also important sign systems for interpreting and understanding the world. Students are encouraged to consider the arts as a means of communication and as an expressive language.

Visual Arts

What do we want students to learn?
The visual arts scope and sequence framework identifies the major expectations considered essential in the PYP. These expectations are arranged into four strands: creative processes, elements and principles of art and design, visual arts in society and reflection and appreciation. Each of the strands is addressed separately, although in practice they are interactive and interrelated elements.
In creative processes, students explore, develop and express their ideas using visual arts. In elements of art and design, students consider the practical and theoretical aspects of art and design: line, shape, form, colour, texture and pattern as well as balance, emphasis, rhythm, unity, variety, repetition, proportion, contrast and space. They also understand the importance of taking care of tools and materials and are aware of health and safety aspects associated with using a variety of tools and materials. Visual arts in society looks at the role visual arts play in their own society and in diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary. In reflection and appreciation students study and appreciate artworks from a range of cultures and media (including their own work) to develop their understanding of the principles of art and design in the world around them.
Visual arts as a discipline includes the development of creative skills, verbal and non-verbal expression, an awareness of the perspectives of others and aesthetic appreciation. Visual arts enable students, including EAL students, to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through visual arts, students can begin to construct an understanding of their community, their environment, their own feelings and emotions and to develop their cultural awareness.
Aims of Visual Art
Students at Immanuel Primary School are offered Visual Art for two of the four terms each year from Reception to Year Five. In Year Six students partake in a series of workshops to assist them in the generation of ideas and vision for their exhibition.
Of the two terms of Visual Art students will be involved in one ‘Stand Alone’ unit; and one ‘Transdisciplinary’ unit each year. A Stand Alone unit is where students explore a skill or genre that is important to Visual Art. These units include such things as pottery, figure drawing, and mask making. This unit is explored only within the art room. A Transdisciplinary unit is done in conjunction with a Unit of Inquiry. Both the art and classroom teachers ensure that students can have a deeper understanding of the world of art and the world through art. This is strongly culture based and includes themes such a, art in mythology, print advertising and communication through signs and symbols.
Immanuel Primary School believes in five overarching goals that run from Reception to Year 6.
1. Development of Artistic Skills
2. Development and Expansion of Artistic Vocabulary
3. Exposure to Various Artists and Art Genres
4. Recognising Visual Art as a Form of Communication
5. Support of Visual Art Outside of the Art Room


Performing Arts

"Porridge" Year 6  Performance 2014

The Performing Arts is Music—Drama—Dance.
The Performing Arts provides opportunities for students to:
  • develop proficiency as musicians, actors and dancers,
  • acquire audience skills such as listening and viewing responsively,
  • interpret and present their own or others’ work to a range of audiences,
  • evaluate the different roles of artists in society such as to entertain, provoke debate or challenge views and perceptions,
  • create and critique plays, dances and compositions using a variety of tools and techniques,
  • express feelings, ideas, experiences and beliefs in a variety of ways,
  • improve coordination, flexibility, agility, strength and fine motor skills.

The aim of the Immanuel Primary School Performing Art programme is to bring out the performing artist in every child…

… by exposure to the following strands that summarise what we want students to know.
Creative Exploration & Composing:
Students use their imaginative skills as well as their personal experiences and varied stimuli to create and organise a range of dramatic scenes, musical compositions and choreographed dances.
Performance (including technical knowledge and skills)
Students explore the range of skills and techniques that enable them to develop their ability to perform individually and as part of an ensemble in both formal and informal settings.
Reflection & Evaluation
Students identify and describe various artistic elements and concepts, and learn to reflect upon their own performance and that of others in order to enhance their learning.
Listening & Appreciation
Students develop an understanding of the importance of the roles of performer and audience. The responsibilities of each to the other are continually reinforced through Performing Arts activities.
The Arts In Society
Students gain greater awareness of the role that the Performing Arts play in society and in diverse cultures, both historical and contemporary.