Arts are integral to the teaching and learning at Discovery College. We believe they are a powerful mode of communication through which students explore and construct a sense of self and develop an understanding of the world around them. Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives.

Our students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media and technologies. The PYP recognizes that not all learning can be supported solely through language, and that arts as a medium of inquiry also provide opportunities for learning, communication and expression. Learning about and through arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions.

At Discovery College, arts are identified as:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

Each of these art forms is a significant discipline in its own right, but the transdisciplinary nature of the arts gives them relevance throughout the curriculum. At Discovery College, where possible we find opportunities to infuse arts teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum.

Two common strands apply across the different art forms and define the critical artistic processes. These are responding and creating.

Discovery College students have the opportunity to participate in and share their arts learning and interest in various ways; as part of a choir, the annual production, the Year 6 exhibition, class presentations, as part of the student conferences, assemblies, exhibitions and showcases.