Numeracy in the creative arts
The numeracy of the creative arts video (3 minutes 38 seconds) describes the researched ways in which numeracy is and can be embedded through all aspects of the creative arts.
Transcript of 'The numeracy of the creative arts'
The numeracy infographics provide clear and explicit teaching and learning activities.
What does numeracy in dance look like (PDF 1.15MB)
- Spatial awareness, dance elements (such as time) travelling, counting beats, simple sequences use specific steps to travel in a set direction such as marching forwards 8 counts. Combine dance sequences such as performing movement 1 then adding movement 2.
- Counting beats within different metres, tempos, groupings, patterns and algebra, sequences and structures. Step to the beat and then create movement sequences in duple, triple, quadruple metre. Perform set steps to a variety of tempos (speeds) such as in Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Repeat a particular step as a pattern or repeat a combination of steps as a larger pattern.
- Additive steps and sequences such as expanding, condensing, retrograde, inversions and repetition. Use a variety of patterns as sequences and ways of composing dances. Repetition involves repeating a sequence. Inverts steps, use retrograde (backwards steps), expand steps or condense them.
- Analyse routines and dance sequences then turn findings into graphs. Map out and block dance sequences through movement diagrams or maps.
Numeracy in drama (PDF 1.28MB)
- Body, spatial and shape awareness, and direction by using your body to create shapes or numbers individually or in groups. Move left or right, forward or backwards with a practical body movement. Use body awareness and the entire space in the room.
- Introductory drama elements such as using symbol and time in role-play or other dramatic forms with problem-solving and working mathematically. Role play morning and evening routines or life stages such as being a baby or a senior and the weather, month or season.
- Sequencing and structure in playbuilding the order of events of a day through role play. Build up aspects from role plays to create a sequenced dramatic story. Use ordinal language to sequence drama, time particular scenes, plan and order performances.
- Size planes, position and time, dimension, movement pathways to solve problems in improvisation when performers are added and subtracted.
What does numeracy in music look like? (PDF 778KB)
- Speech, chants and songs using musical concepts such as counting beats and rhythm patterns. Rhythm in music links to patterns and algebra, whole numbers, multiplication and division in mathematics.
- Musical concepts such as duration (beat, rhythm, metre, tempo), dynamics, structure and own symbol systems (graphic notation) explore the division of beats using graphic and stick notation, dynamic symbols, identifying and mapping formal musical structure.
- Formal symbols (notation), more complex musical concepts such as groupings, accents, metres, patterns and sequences. Play and recognise patterns in music such as a riff (or ostinato).
- Explore the difference in measurement between large and small-scale sized instruments and their tone colour or pitch/tone. Listen, respond and arrange pieces using addition and subtraction of instruments explores musical texture and structure.
What does numeracy in the visual arts look like?
- Use artistic forms to explore numeracy such as modelling or illustrating shapes, symbols, textures, lines, graphs, patterns and numbers.
- Draw or use clay to create circles or spheres, squares ? cubes, numbers and arrays. Draw lines, symbols or make patterns such as making emotion lines or illustrations to match texts, picture graphs.
- Artistic techniques can be used to investigate shapes, perspectives, volume, mass, dimension, solids, voids, 2D/3D: sculpt, nets, and origami as a means to creating and exploring a variety of 2D or 3D shapes and exploring perspective.
- Create models to measure volume and capacity and estimate measurements through making or appreciating artworks such as still life.
- Use artistic techniques to visually represent fractions, decimals, patterns, percentages, symbol and money to create origami, models or symmetrical artworks to explore fractions of a whole through illustrations or models of tens or hundreds and new money systems.
- Make and analyse artworks and using ratios, angles and fractions in various media forms to create artworks by dividing space into fractions of a whole such as folding, measuring and drawing portraits or structured drawings.
- Explore proportion and ration through expanding patterns by 2X, 4X, 20X.