Early Stage 1 to Stage 3
Learning in the arts is underpinned by the belief that all students can develop skills, knowledge and understanding from the content and outcomes of the syllabus. Teaching programs should allow students to build on previous experiences, practise skills and apply knowledge in different contexts.
The NSW Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus involves the four art forms of dance, drama, music and visual arts. All four art forms have their own learning experiences and outcomes for each stage from Early Stage 1 to Stage 3.
Each art form involves unique practices for students to develop subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding.
Dance involves performing, composing and appreciating through the elements of action, dynamics, time, space, relationships and structure. Through sequenced dance activities students learn to use these elements effectively and to appreciate the meaning and values that dance offers personally, culturally and as a form of communication.
Performing involves students developing expressive qualities, formal qualities and sensory qualities to interpret ideas and communicate through dance.
Composing involves students developing understandings in dance, movement, sound and physical settings in response to stimuli and using the elements of dance.
Appreciating gives students an opportunity to analyse, value and reflect on dance with their own personal, cultural and structural meaning.
Drama involves students making, performing and appreciating though various roles, dramatic contexts, elements and forms. It is best delivered when the learning experiences are integrated.
Making allows students to develop skills in playwriting, role-playing and other situations. This involves using the elements of dramatic tension, contrast, symbol, time, space, focus and mood through the dramatic forms of:
- reader’s theatre
- video drama
- play building.
Performing gives students an opportunity to practise their skills and critically evaluate that of their peers and others, including professionals.
Appreciating offers students an opportunity to consider live and on-screen dramatic works, of themselves and others, through viewing, talking, reading and writing about the works.
Music involves performing, organising sound and listening through the concepts of duration, pitch, dynamics, tone colour and structure – using a variety of different musical styles in a sequential manner.
Performing allows students to develop their understanding of musical concepts through singing, playing and moving.
Organising sound involves students learning about the process of the composing and arranging music through a range of activities such as improvisation, experimentation, imitation and notation.
Listening allows students to develop an understanding of how an audience interacts with music and how to distinguish the presence and types of sound through a knowledge of musical concepts.
Visual arts involves making various art forms such as painting, drawing, digital media and so on, as well as appreciating various artists, artworks and audiences.
Making allows students to develop skills using a broad range of techniques through an exploration of subject matter with an increasing awareness of their intentions as artists.
Appreciating involves students responding to artists and their artworks, often as members of a global audience – talking and thinking about art within and beyond their own region and culture.