What are the arts about?
Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa.
The arts are powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. The arts have their own distinct languages that use both verbal and non-verbal conventions, mediated by selected processes and technologies. Through movement, sound, and image, the arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.
Focus for Learners
• Participate in and enjoy dance, drama, music – sound arts, and the visual arts in a variety of
· contexts and develop informed attitudes towards traditional and contemporary modes of
· expression in each discipline.
• Work towards developing literacy in dance, drama, music – sound arts, and the visual arts -
• Understanding the Arts in context
• Developing practical knowledge in the Arts
• Developing ideas in the Arts
• Communicating and interpreting in the Arts
· Participate in kapa haka.
Programming of Learning
• Learning programmes will provide learning opportunities in each of the four arts disciplines,
either as a specialized area or using an integrated approach
· The overlapping nature of the four strands should encourage an integrated approach to learning and focusing on contexts that have meaning for children will be followed.
• Dance, drama, music – sound arts, and the visual arts will engage children in learning that
contributes to developing the key competencies – including managing self, using language, symbols, and texts, relating to others and participating and contributing that are integral to this and all Learning Areas.
· A strong focus will be towards whole school kapahaka involvement in either; whakangahau, novice and competitive areas.
• Learning and teaching programmes will be planned to meet the needs of all learners.
• Learning programmes will include opportunities to watch, and integrate with, visiting artists.
Assessment and Evaluation
This should be carried out by both teacher and child to assess:
• Pupil achievement and growth
• Changes in children’s interests and attitudes
• The effectiveness of the programme
• Pupil potential
AO’s covered will be tracked over time.
Te Whakataukī ā Te Kura o Te Teko
"Tauaki te tū, taiki te rere, Ōkōrero kia mau"