In the introductory session that we participated in today, we centred around the importance of music and visual arts within a classroom setting. This enlightened individuals to the reality that Expressive Arts are not a common factor within the planning of a teacher. We plan around Numeracy and Literacy as these, in todays society, are the core foundations of a primary curriculum. This, as we learned, is not the case. Expressive Arts allows children to show creativity, build confidence and enhances team work throughout the classroom.
Earlier this morning, I enhanced my own knowledge by learning more about the Mozart Effect. This allows the teacher to play 10 minutes of classical music before any academic lesson such as mathematics or English. This allows children to perform better, problem solve easier and open up their young minds to release stress.
In the afternoon, we were able to look at work from primary children varying over a period of time. Some of this work was dated back to 1940’s. We were presented with early level, middle school and the upper school this gave us a clear view of art developing throughout the school and different abilities of the children as they develop.