Arts (Visual Art / Drama / Music)

MYP Arts aims to build on what students learn and do in primary education. It furthers an inquiry-based approach through similar objectives that encourage students to continue their artistic development and learning.

In MYP Arts, students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the Arts. Artists have to be curious. By developing curiosity about themselves, others and the world, students become effective learners, inquirers and creative problem-solvers. Students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning.

Arts in the MYP stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the Arts encourages students to understand the Arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. Our school curriculum for the Arts incorporates best practices and resources from a global perspective. Units of work are guided by a broad and balanced curriculum driven by the statements of inquiry.

The Arts aims to challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context using key and related concepts. To this end, interdisciplinary understanding occurs with history, geography, literature, sociology and psychology.

Creativity is an MYP key concept, defined as the capacity to generate new ideas and consider existing ideas from new perspectives, as well as the ability to recognize the value of an idea in order to solve problems or innovate. The Arts aims to develop this ability, as a transferable skill to embrace innovative practice in Science and the Environment, Design Technology, pure Mathematics and industry.

The subject-specific terminology and specialized language of the Arts enables students to communicate and articulate aesthetic, abstract concepts. This helps students to expand their vocabulary in a practical sense.

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