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.

Dance sample units of work and resources


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.

Drama programming, sample units of work and resources


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.

Music programming and resources

Visual arts

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.

Visual arts programming and resources

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