Performing Arts encompasses dance, drama and music and is designed to incorporate the aims of the Australian Curriculum as well as link to the school’s wider topic curriculum. Performing Arts fosters a supportive and creative environment for students to strengthen self-confidence, social skills and their ability to create and solve problems. Students are encouraged to collaborate in group-devised pieces as well as individually develop their own personal interests and learning goals. Each lesson promotes opportunities to explore, create and play and incorporates the walker learning approach. This includes key learning intentions, focus students, drama investigations, the ‘create space’ clinic groups and performance-based ERPs. The approach is aimed at developing and providing opportunities for experimentation, enjoyment, leadership, self-expression, appreciation and success.
The performing arts classroom is a large open space, where shoes (and worries) are left at the door and students can sink their feet into creating and playing. students enter the room, take their shoes off and find a space in the room for a warm-up activity.They come in buzzing with excitement as they never know what is going to happen. Although there is consistency in routines, the warm-up activity varies weekly and provides the students with a chance to move and stretch their bodies, transitioning from classroom learning to a kinaesthetic environment. This assists in gaining student focus and setting the theme/mood for the lesson. The next activity involves ‘tuning into’ the learning intention for the lesson and identifying the focus students as per Walker Learning Pedagogy. The focus students are then given a task, asked a question or given a series of observation questions based on the learning intention for the week. Learning intentions are displayed and referred to on the interactive TV as well as on the communication board. The main task for the lesson then occurs, which varies in teaching strategies and resources, such as but not limited to, explicit teaching, active learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, collaborative learning and peer teaching.
Every year we enjoy a production written, created and presented by the students. Every class in the school features in the production and are a part of the Finale item, which brings the whole school back onto the stage. Kidman Celebrates is held at the Christian Family Centre in Seaton, and all students are given the opportunity to perform on stage with lights, costuming, sound and visual effects. It is an excellent way to end the school year and proves to be a wonderful annual community event for the school.
We learn how to express your feelings and act and dance, about music tunes. We learn that we can express and go full out because this is a safe space. We learn our coming up dance for Kidman Celebrates and it is really fun, we are watching other dances for inspiration too. In term 1 we had to make up a music peace and it is really fun and I learn a lot from it.
In performing arts we learn how to do types of dance like contemporary, ballet, hip hop and jazz. I enjoy being able to dance and not get laughed at if i do something wrong
My favourite subject at school, is Performing Arts, because, I love music, dance and drama, which is what we do in Performing Arts. I enjoy the dance part the most, and when we are learning new dances or warmups, because when I dance I feel really good and happy.
Learning and having fun.
Being the star, making up bits of songs and other things about dancing.
I think that it means she can see what we need to practice more on and so she can help us more on that subject so we get better grades.
I found teaching the clinic groups fun and challenging because I got to share my knowledge with other students.
To be a focus student in performing arts means to help people around the class and share your learning with the class.
I get to know what everyone is doing for Kidman Celebrates and I get to research different things.
Well last year we did focus student in performing arts and we also do it this year so that links. It can also link to the big question within our class and every class does it.
In the classroom and performing arts we both do focus student but when it comes to learning there’s a big averall school question and some of the things we learn in class also link into the big question.
That we get to dance and there’s lots of cool stuff on the stage and its lots of fun.
Well I enjoy you can learn new skills like in doing the dances and u can participate in other things like acting and yeah
Well I enjoy you can learn new skills like in doing the dances and you can participate in other things like acting.
I like kidmans celebrates because it’s really fun and it’s a good way to end the year.
I like that we get to perform on a big stage and it’s really fun.
It shows me other ways of how to learn different topics and how to look at it from a different perspective.