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Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Welcome to Creative Arts K-6

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The Curriculum Support site is being decommissioned on 30th September. A new site is currently being developed for teachers under the Department of Education replatforming agenda.

There will be no further updates to the Curriculum Support site.

About Creative Arts curriculum support

Welcome to Creative Arts at Early Learning and Primary Education - Learning and Leadership.

The Creative Arts Advisor provides support to teachers of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in NSW public schools.

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My Treasure
This multistage integrated unit provides quality Creative Arts learning for sustainability with the literacy continuum in mind. Students connect to place by discovering what they treasure about where they are. They explore artmaking using photography and art forms they select. They write artist statements and other texts about their experiences. Building a connection and meaning to place in young people is the foundation for sustainability.

Earlier Creative Arts projects

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus

The Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus provides a comprehensive rationale for teaching and learning dance, drama, music and visual arts as part of the NSW curriculum. Studying the Creative Arts gives students opportunities for creative action, aesthetic pleasure and emotional response as well as insights into personal and cultural values and beliefs.

The NSW K-6 Stage and Foundation Statements and Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus outline what must be taught in all schools.

Learning in the arts
Learning in the arts is underpinned by the belief that all students can learn the skills, knowledge and understandings from the content and outcomes of the syllabus. Furthermore, all students have a right, a curriculum guarantee, to opportunities that will enable them to achieve the outcomes.

Teaching the arts
Teaching practice in the arts is explicit and purposeful. It is deliberate, in that the teacher has a role in establishing the parameters within which students learn. Teaching programs should allow students to build on previous experiences, to practise skills and to apply knowledge in different contexts. Students need opportunities to revisit skills and areas of knowledge so that they can expand their repertoire and increase the complexity of their understanding.

 Australian Curriculum consultation in New South Wales

Australian Curriculum button

Remember teachers in New South Wales public schools continue to use existing NSW syllabuses in the remaining K-10 learning areas including Creative Arts K-6 syllabus.

View this April 2013 presentation to trace the development of Australian Curriculum: The Arts and the NSW context. 

Advice from NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)
In the remaining K–10 learning areas (including Creative Arts), schools are required to continue to use existing NSW syllabuses. Any decisions about adopting the Australian curriculum,developing syllabuses, and planning subsequent implementation will be made only after thorough consultation with NSW stakeholders. Tom Alegounarias, President, Board of Studies 24 July 2013 Australian Curriculum Update

BOSTES Memo to Principals D2012/8348 31 July 2012
Phases 2 and 3 of Australian curriculum include Geography, Languages, the Arts, Health and Physical Education and Technologies.

The Board will follow its regular cycle of curriculum evaluation and review which will identify priorities for curriculum renewal. When a current syllabus or learning area is identified for renewal the Board will take the opportunity to incorporate Australian curriculum content.

In all cases, all schools are required to implement current approved NSW Syllabuses until otherwise advised by the Board. This process will enable NSW education sectors and schools to determine the priorities and pace of curriculum renewal in NSW.

Visit BOSTES to find out more.

Artist in Schools

Fresh AIR is a three-year, targeted strategic initiative to build on previous artist in residence (AIR) programs and further develop best practice. The initiative is overseen by a working group consisting of representatives from Arts NSW, Australia Council for the Arts, NSW Department of Education and Communities and leading NSW arts and cultural organisations, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Artist In Schools has provided unique opportunities for teachers and young people in New South Wales primary and secondary schools to collaborate with professional artists over a period of time.

Artists from many fields, including dance, drama, music, visual arts and digital media, work collaboratively with schools and communities to develop innovative projects. Professional learning for both artists and teachers is core to the program.

MOVE PRIMARY: Art in motion

MOVE PRIMARY: Art in motion is an online visual arts resource for primary teachers. The resource has a focus on contemporary art - in particular 4D moving works, and was produced by the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre in collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects. 

MOVE PRIMARY is one of a suite of innovative resources we have created with Kaldor Public Art Projects to support visual arts.

The importance of arts education

Listen to leading Australian artists share their thoughts about the importance of arts education. 

From left to right:
Brendan Cowell Actor, playwright, director
Meryl Tankard
Janet Lawrence
Chris Taylor
Political satirist 
Elena Kats-Chernin Composer
Liz Ann MacGregor
Artistic director 
Stephen Page
Artistic director
Stelios Arcadiou Performance artist 
Hossein Valamanesh Artistic director
Kim Walker Executive director 
Techa Noble
Nigel Butterly
Peter Sculthorpe Composer
Matthew Doyle
Composer, performer
Alana Valentine
Marion Potts

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