The PYP approach to the arts offers more by virtue of its diversity. In TISA your child will learn music, drama and dance as part of our performing arts programme.They will take part in two, fifty minute lessons each week with our specialist performing arts teachers. Our aim is to foster an age-appropriate love of the arts, with a sense of the aesthetic to last beyond school and into adulthood. Our classes enhance children’s everyday skills of communication, coordination, presentation, and confidence. Based around an approach of creating and responding, we allow children to explore their inherent creativity, and express it in a safe and clearly structured environment. We regard performing arts as paramount in developing problem solving, creativity and higher order thinking skills. Classes are organised with warm-up games and songs at the beginning of the class in order to develop eye contact, awareness of others, spatial awareness and tune-in to past lessons. Students spend the rest of the class creating, then responding to their work and the work of others.Examples of this concept-based, cross-curricular learning can include:
P3 - Unit of Inquiry - How we express Ourselves. ‘Creative thought is a powerful tool for extending our ability to create, think and express ourselves,” Students inquire into various modes of performance; singing, creative movement, playing instruments and organising sound. They work cooperatively taking an active part in a creative experience, sharing performances and giving constructive feedback.
P4 - Unit of Inquiry - How we express ourselves. “A Story can be told in different ways”. Students inquire into famous musical tales such as Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and Saint-Saens ‘‘The Magic Flute’. They respond through drama, dance and song. The students compose their own pieces with both tuned and untuned percussion instruments using graphic notation and performing their music and stories for an audience.
P5 - Unit of Inquiry - Where we are in Place and Time. “Inventions have changed our daily lives.” The students study musical instruments from different times and countries, They find out about when and how they are made and what they sound like. We conclude our unit with each student composing their own pieces using the modern technology of GarageBand.
P6 - Unit of Inquiry - Who we Are. Beliefs and values influence Azerbaijani performing arts. An exploration into Azerbaijani folk art, inquiring into ancient Azeri musical instruments and traditional dances.
P7 - Unit of Inquiry - How we Organize Ourselves. “Public spaces play a role in the social and economic life of a community.” Students learn choral masterworks that reflect the theme of Remembrance (Remembrance Day Child, In Flanders Field and Litanei (Schubert). They further their inquiry by exploring a war or peace monument, using technology to create a presentation expressing the purpose of the monument . We then examine the monuments as still images, introducing the technique of devised drama.
P8 - Unit of Inquiry - How we Express ourselves. “People respond to the environment, their emotions and other people through the arts.” Students study fairy tales inquiring into universal themes inherent in them. In groups students devise an original fairy tale. They write a group script which reflects the essence of the original fairy tale. Students perform these fairy tales to the ELC children.