Curriculum - Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Common to all the strands of the Victorian Arts curriculum, each Arts discipline is based on two overarching principles:

·         Students learn as artist and as an audience

·         Students learn through making and responding


Students explore elements of dance and learn about how they can dance. They share their dance with peers and experience dance as audiences. Students learn about dancing safely and become aware of their bodies’ movement capabilities. They explore movement possibilities using space, time dynamics and relationships by improvising, choreographing, practising, rehearsing and performing. As an audience, they observe and appreciate how other dancers communicate through movement by viewing, describing, reflecting and evaluating.


Students explore drama and learn about how they can make drama to communicate ideas and stories by improvising, playing, acting, interpreting, scripting, practising, rehearsing, presenting and performing. They improvise and create roles, characters and situations and learn about focus and identifying the main idea of the drama. Students learn that drama involves pretending that what is happening in the drama is real. They share their drama with peers and experience drama as audiences. They make simple evaluations of drama expressing what they enjoy and why. By making simple evaluations students are building on their Personal and Social general capabilities as they are describing their point of view, but also showing an awareness of the feelings and needs of others in the form of constructive criticism.



Students learn to listen to and experiment with a range of sounds as well as experience a range of music as audiences. Students listen and respond to music, becoming aware of the elements of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo as they sing, play, improvise, compose, arrange, practise and move to music. They learn to feel the beat, sing with pitch accuracy and to discriminate between sound and silence, loud and soft and fast and slow. Students develop their understanding of the varying features of music from different cultures, times and locations and how it can be used for different purposes. The students talk about why they have preferences for particular music. By doing this, students are building on their Critical and Creative Thinking general capabilities as they are generating ideas that are new to them and making choices after considering personal preferences. They are indicating a point of view and using reasoning skills to answer the question of ‘why?’.


At Keilor Primary the students from grades Prep to Two engage in a weekly one-hour Performing Arts session. Each week the students engage in activities from three strands of the Victorian Arts Curriculum, those being Music, Dance and Drama. Engaging in the Performing Arts Program at Keilor Primary provides students with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and without judgement within a safe and supportive environment. It aims to promote creativity and social interactions in a trusting and positive environment, as students participate in purposeful and fun interactive activities to build confidence and foster a strong sense of wellbeing.



The highlight of the Performing Arts program is our annual concert. Our concert provides students with the opportunity to shine on stage, build confidence and to showcase the skills developed throughout the year. Performing in front of family, friends and peers helps to build trust and develops self-confidence. Keilor Primary has a purpose built stage, complete with sound and lighting. The stage ensures the annual concert is of a very high standard for the performers and the audience.