The visual and performing arts program created by Port Phillip Specialist School uses the medium of the arts to allow children to express themselves in ways that are not possible in words.
Areas of Learning
- General Studies (Health, SOSE, Science, Technology)
- Physical Education & Sport
- Visual & Performing Arts
Communication between people is essential to the development and maintenance of daily life. Language plays an essential role in learning, thinking, remembering and reasoning, and if impaired is likely to have significant effects on listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Communicative functions can be conveyed using a variety of forms, including vocalisation, facial expressions, gestures and body movements. Effective strategies to develop the underlying aspects of language and communication include speech, signing, symbols and the use of augmentative and alternative communication aids.
The mathematics program has been developed to allow students to acquire skills and knowledge in order to cope with daily life as competently and confidently as they are able. At all levels teachers draw on the students understanding of their world, to ensure that abstract ideas are linked to the familiar.
The general studies program has two strands
- Self and relationships
- Daily living
These have been developed to meet the specific and special needs of the students at both Melbourne Specialist International School and Port Phillip Specialist School.
The strands incorporate the key learning areas of health, SOSE, science and technology, which are delivered within the framework of the visual and performing arts.
Learning in the physical education area assists students to develop the knowledge and skills that promote participation in physical activity, fitness and effective relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of movement and will be involved as participants in play, games, dance, aquatics, sport, outdoor activities, leisure and recreation. Many will react and respond appropriately to physical activities that have rules and participate in modified sports, which demand more refined movement patterns and participant interaction. They will develop their bike riding skills and will be exposed to a range of play situations, equipment and playing areas that are modified according to ability, while learning to co-operate and participate with others. They will participate in activities that promote cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility and strength. Students will take an active part in environments that support health and participation in physical activity.
Visual and Performing Arts
Collectively the visual and performing arts represent a powerful language of expression that enhances the learning process.
Whilst there are areas of commonality across the arts modalities, there are also areas that are unique.
Areas of commonality might include: listening, selecting, participating, composing, arranging, improvising, designing, displaying, performing, analysing and adapting. More specifically examples might include:
- Observing and talking about arts elements
- Expressing and communicating feelings and preferences
- Communicating real or imaginary situations
- Identifying cultural differences
- Creating imaginary worlds
- Choosing and adapting ideas from a variety of sources
- Working in groups to plan, rehearse, present and produce
- Sharing ideas and performances with others
- Discussing the function of the arts in the community and identifying venues where arts are presented
- Experimenting with a variety of materials
- Using a variety of materials and tools safely and appropriately
- Manipulating a variety of materials and tools with a degree of control
- Using materials within given parameters
- Copying simple patterns and design
- Observing and discussing own and other’s arts works
- Exploring a range of media elements including images and sound
- Organising media elements such as words, sounds and images to create stories and present information
- Exploring pattern, contrast, repetition and symmetry