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The Arts in the PYP Overview

Campus des Nations recognizes that the arts are important areas of learning in the Primary Years Programme. Students learn the disciplines of visual arts, music and drama, as well as learning about the arts (the skills and processes involved) and through the arts (artists, perspectives, themes and ideas using the arts).

In all areas of learning imagination, creativity and original thinking are valued. Creativity allows for innovation, interpretation, research, analysis and transfer and learning through the arts has a positive influence on self-esteem and creative development. Valuing imagination and celebrating original thinking promotes initiative and a lifelong love of learning.

The arts provide:

  • A means of communication
  • Opportunities for becoming skillful
  • A means of expression of both emotional and intellectual perspectives
  • Exposure to other cultures and other times
  • A means of accessing other disciplines
  • A vehicle for wondering, reflecting and consolidating

The creative process is seen as a driving force in earning through inquiry.




Drama is an important area of learning in the Primary Years Programme; it is closely connected to other areas in the arts and has strong links to other disciplines.

Drama is built into the curriculum as an essential area of learning and is seen as both an active and reflective process.
There are elements of role play in all children’s play and this entering of a make-believe world allows students to try out ideas and solve problems in a safe and secure way. The drama curriculum allows the student to explore and develop feelings and ideas in a way that may not be possible in other subject areas and because of this it contributes to personal, social and physical development.

As a discipline drama includes the development of creative skills, verbal and non-verbal expression, an awareness of the perspectives of others and aesthetic appreciation. Drama enables students, including EAL students, to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through drama, students can begin to construct an understanding of their community, their environment and their own feelings and emotions. They will also have opportunities to work cooperatively to put together a performance.





Art is:
• a way of stimulating creativity and imagination through visual and practical experiences;
• an understanding of colour, form, texture and pattern;
• a unique way of understanding and responding to the world;
• a process of communication of ideas, feelings and meanings;
• a way of making thoughtful judgements about life here and now and of life in different times and cultures;
• a way of shaping environments;

The Primary Art programme aims to give all students the opportunity to explore a range of art materials and media. Developing control and confidence in these areas and exploring the work of other artists will enable students to express ideas and make individual responses to stimuli.
Art is taught both as a discreet subject and as an integrated part of the units of inquiry; teachers may also use the PYP Organizing Theme: How We Express Ourselves to explore the arts in an inquiry-based research context.


The students will be given opportunities to find out about the world they live in. These experiences might include:

Exploring colour, texture, shape, form and space in natural and made objects, including resources from different cultures, western and non-western, and in their environment.
Being stimulated to think about and respond to what they see, touch and feel, in different ways.
Using their imagination and expressing their ideas, thoughts and feelings through the use of a widening range of materials and suitable tools for designing and making.
Being imaginative and creative making connections between one area of learning and another.

playing the piano


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Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people


updated 11 juillet, 2006