Theatre and Design at West Beechboro Primary School
Theatre and Design at West Beechboro is an important part of the school’s overall academic programs and like art, science and physical education, it forms part of our compulsory program for all students enrolled at West Beechboro from years 1 through to 6, formally engage in.
West Beechboro Primary School has a specialist Theatre and Design program that is run by Miss Charley Samu and all students from years 1 to 6 attend the Theatre Room for one hour of Theatre and Design each week. This program incorporates elements of the Arts; Dance & Drama, as well as Design and Technologies
The Arts, as outlined by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, has the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The term ‘creativity’ plays a critical role in all arts subjects and this is explored at various levels by Miss Samu.
The Arts entertain, inform, challenge, and encourage responses, and enrich our knowledge of self, communities, world cultures and histories. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning in the Arts is based on cognitive, affective and sensory/kinaesthetic response to arts practices as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills and processes with developing confidence and sophistication through the years of schooling.
Dance is expressive movement with purpose and form. Through Dance, students represent, question and celebrate human experience, using movement as the medium for personal, social, emotional, physical and cultural communication.
Active participation as dancers, choreographers and audiences promotes wellbeing and social inclusion. Learning in and through Dance enhances students’ knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures and contexts and develops their personal, social and cultural identity.
Drama is the expression and exploration of personal, emotional, social and cultural worlds, through role and situation, that engages, entertains and challenges. Students create meaning as drama makers, performers and audiences as they engage with and analyse their own and others’ stories and points of view.
In making and staging drama, they learn how to be focused, innovative and resourceful, collaborate and take on responsibilities for drama presentations. Students develop a sense of curiosity and empathy by exploring the diversity of drama in the contemporary world and in other times, traditions, places and cultures.
Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:
Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement solutions.
In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and skills to analyse and creatively respond to design and/or digital challenges.
Through the practical application of technologies including digital technologies, students develop dexterity and coordination through experiential activities. Technologies motivates young people and engages them in a range of learning experiences that are transferable to family and home, constructive leisure activities, community contribution and the world of work.
Technologies provides students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. These attributes are necessary when using and developing solutions to make sense of complex ideas and relationships in all areas of learning. Technologies helps students to be regional and global citizens, capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.
The school’s theatre and design program aims to develop the knowledge, understandings and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
- investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions
- are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time
- make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future
- engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions
- critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.
Throughout the year students will manage projects, independently and collaboratively, from conception to realisation. They will apply design and systems thinking and design processes to investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. They develop, through the exploration of this leaning domain in their time at West Beechboro Primary School , their ability to generate innovative designed products, services and environments as well as integrating these into the area of Theatre and movement.
At West Beechboro Primary School we have a ‘Talented and Gifted’ (TAGS) program for senior students, where students attend specialist programs in dance, science or art. The Dance TAGS program runs after school and offers boys and girls the opportunity to further develop skills through various performances throughout the year. A number of our students have used this experience as a platform for entry into high school dance programs.