Performing Arts

The Arts play a vital role in making sure students are engaged by encouraging them to learn in physical and emotional ways and by getting them to work collaboratively with peers. It assists students with speaking and listening as we focus on how we speak to different audiences, how we listen to others, how we project our voice according to the space we are in and how we memorise lines for our parts.

In the past students have been involved in many major school events which include, Northfield 150th Production, Festival Choir 2012, The Wizard of Oz Production in 2013 and prior to this students participated in Wakakiri. Every year students participate in the End of Year School Concert and each class performs an item. This is a major community event and is very successful.

Natasha Ibrahim is our performing arts teacher. She hopes to assist students grow in confidence and improve their skills in Performing Arts. Drama is expression and exploration of personal, cultural and social worlds through role and situation that engages, entertains and challenges. I focus on movement, space, character, role play, expression and body language. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or queries. I look forward to working with your child/ren in assisting them to be their best and to fulfil their goals in Performing Arts.

Term 3 Overview

R-2 - Students will engage in a range of activities relating to Music such as listening, exploring and playing percussion instruments. Students will learn about different sounds and will explore beat and rhythm by participating in various activities. Students will learn a variety of songs and will by the end of the term be able to play the beat and rhythm using instruments whilst singing the tune. Students will learn about keeping in time and they will begin to use their aural skills to imitate pitch, echo sounds and call and responses. Students will perform a song at the end of the term and will use percussion instruments to play the beat and rhythm. Students will also begin to learn their song for their End of Year Concert.

3-5 - Students will engage in a range of activities relating to Music such as listening, exploring and playing instruments. Students will in each lesson learn the elements of music (dynamics, pitch, beat, rhythm patterns). The students in this level will be expected to complete a project on home fire safety. Students will need to work in groups to write and record a song about home fire safety. They will need to draft out ideas about what you should do in your home to be safe if there is a fire and they will then need to plan out their song. Students can choose to use percussion instruments to compose a simple backing track to their song. This will be entered into a competition. Students will present their song to their peers. Students will also begin to learn their song for their End of Year Concert.

6-7 - Each week in lessons, students will be exposed to the elements of music with a focus on reading rhythms and learning musical notation. Students will conduct a project of their choice from the options below:

  1. Individually compose a song on a topic of their choice or regarding home fire safety. If this is chosen students need to draft ideas, compose the instrumental music whether it be using garage band or using an existing beat. The song must be structured with a repeated chorus and 2-3 verses.
  2. In groups students will work together to create a jingle for radio or television to promote home fire safety. Students must plan, edit and present their jingle. Students may use a tune they already know or compose their own.
  3. In groups students will work together to create a children's singing group. They must plan their ideas by figuring out a group name and creating a catchy, educational song which children will love. The students who choose this will then perform their song to the junior primary students and they will receive feedback from them as to whether they would go or would not go to their concert.

These projects need lots of planning time and must be well thought out. Students will also begin to learn their song for their End of Year Concert.