Curriculum Statement The Arts

At Te Kura o Waima the expectation is that teachers will demonstrate quality teaching, planning and assessment in The Arts. The Arts are powerful forms of expression, using movement, sound and images, to transform people’s creative ideas.


The Arts will provide out tamariki with opportunities to:

  • Engage thinking, imagination, senses and feelings
  • Connect thinking, imagination, senses and feelings
  • Enhance their well being and confidence


At Te Kura o Waima students will express themselves and communicate ideas in imaginative and creative ways. Our tamariki will explore, challenge, affirm, and celebrate imaginative expressions of self, community and culture.


At Te Kura o Waima children will experience The Arts through the following strands as outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum. It will be largely based around levels 1-4 and will be aligned to the following strands; Understanding the Arts in Context, Developing Practical Knowledge, Developing Ideas and Communicating and Interpreting, within the following four disciplines:

Dance - Students will

Perform, choreograph and respond to a variety of dances and talk about and interpret dance movement is expressive movement that has intent, purpose and form.


Drama - Students will

Perform, analyse and respond to a variety of drama techniques and conventions expresses experience through a focus on role, action and tension in time and space.


Music - Students will

Create, read, listen, record, sing, play , analyse, and appreciate music is a form of personal and cultural expression through sound.


Visual Arts - Students will

Experiment and explore with a variety of materials to create art, to view, respond and appreciate a variety of artwork is participating, discerning and celebrating their own and others’ creations.


Students will apply The Arts skills across a range of authentic purposeful contexts, tasks and audiences. Within units and school wide teaching there will be opportunities for children to specialise in the playing of instruments, singing, drama, dance and art, through the employment of specialist teachers.

The Arts at Te Kura o Waima will expose students to creative action and response by engaging and connecting thinking, imagination, senses and feelings and will recognise the value and how The Arts contribute to the lives of all New Zealanders.


Opportunities to use the Key Competencies and WAIMA in The Arts are expected.