The Performing Arts Program at Nailsworth Primary school focuses mainly on Music and Drama although Dance is incorporated where it is relevant and engages students.
Bands The Music and Drama Program is part of the National Curriculum and is covered in the following bands:
Foundation to Year 2 Year 3 - 4 Year 5 - 6 Year 7 - 8
How the Curriculum is Taught From Foundation to Year 2, Music, Drama and Dance are woven together to develop positive social interactions, good listening and observing, coordination, self-control and spatial awareness. These skills are the foundation for learning in all curriculum areas and particularly in Music and Drama which regularly requires students to be part of an audience and work collaboratively as partners, in small groups or as a whole group.
From Year 3 onward, Music and Drama are usually taught by Semester, with Music in Semester 1 and Drama in Semester 2. This may change depending on the timetable and whether students have Music and Drama for a whole year or for just one semester. It may also depend on the whether the class is comprised of more than one year level.
In Year 6 and 7, there is a greater focus on Music Composition and Script Writing. Where possible Music and Drama are again woven together but students are given greater control over how this is done. They are encouraged to explore their interests and challenge themselves to create something meaningful to them. Students generally have only 1 semester of Music and Drama at this year level.
Display Folders Every student has a display folder with selections of work completed, including a cover sheet with details of their personal preferences, songs they have learnt and formal assessments. The folder stays with them for the duration of the band with the exception of Year 6 students who will keep theirs until Year 7. This allows students to see their progress over the band as well as a full assessment of their achievement which is completed at the end of the band. If you would like to take a look at your child's display folder then please contact me at Judy.Hanel823@schools.sa.edu.au. If students take Music, Dance or Drama with another teacher then any work collected will also be stored in these display folders.