The Arts

The Arts in the PYP

The PYP Arts Programme provides students from Years 1 to 6 with a range of fun and enriching creative learning opportunities. It enables students to develop an understanding of the elements of art and design, to explore the creative processes, and to understand and appreciate visual art in society. Students in the programme connect with the visual arts both by responding to works and creating their own. These processes and the opportunity for media exploration encourage inquiry, reflection, risk-taking, self-expression, creative growth, discovery and imagination. Both independently and collaboratively, students are encouraged to participate in creative processes through which they can communicate ideas and express feelings, making personal connections with the world in which they live. The PYP arts objective strands of responding and creating encourage students to become more mindful of their own artistic development and the role that arts play in the world. PYP arts provide students with the opportunity to explore their own personal interests, beliefs and values and to engage in a personal artistic journey Arts are built into the curriculum as essential areas of learning.

The aims of PYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:

  • develop proficiency as dancers, actors, musicians and visual artists
  • acquire audience skills such as listening and viewing responsively
  • interpret and present their own or others’ works to a range of audiences
  • evaluate the different roles of artists in society such as to entertain, provoke debate, or challenge views and perceptions
  • create and critique choreographed performances, plays, compositions and artwork using a selection of tools and techniques
  • express feelings, ideas, experiences and beliefs in a variety of ways
  • improve coordination, flexibility, agility, strength and fine motor skills
  • show an understanding that throughout different cultures, places and times, people have innovated and created new modes in arts
  • analyze different art forms, and identify common or recurring themes or issues
  • recognize that there are many ways to enjoy and interpret arts
  • accept feedback from others
  • understand that their own creative work in dance, drama, music and visual arts can be interpreted and appreciated in different ways.
  • explore different media and begin to innovate in arts
  • consider the feedback from others in improving their work
  • recognize that creating in arts provides a sense of accomplishment not only in the process, but also in providing a way to understand the world


The Arts in the MYP

The arts in the MYP stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytic skills. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artwork, thus supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context.

The aims of MYP arts are to encourage and enable students to:

  • create and present art
  • develop skills specific to the discipline
  • engage in a process of creative exploration and (self-)discovery
  • make purposeful connections between investigation and practice
  • understand the relationship between art and its contexts
  • respond to and reflect on art
  • deepen their understanding of the world.

Students learn through music, drama and visual art in Years 7-9, and in Years 10-11 select one of these to study in greater depth.


The Arts in the DP

Continuing to study one of the arts is an option in Group 6 of the IB Diploma. Students can choose to study one art from a choice of music, visual art and theatre. Theatre teaches students the nature of theatre by practicing it, as well as studying it. They learn about forms of theatre from cultures other than their own and thus learn to understand themselves, their society and their world. Through the visual arts course we offer students the opportunity to develop and extend their awareness of art as a form of communication, expressing ideas with confidence and competence. Students will see the visual arts as a dynamic and constantly changing experience. The course offers a pathway for students who want to go on to study visual arts in higher education. In the DP music course students explore music from a variety of perspectives, and perform, analyze, listen and compose. The course requires the investigation of a variety of musical styles linked to world cultures and regions. Students should have previous experience of music education and through their studies will develop notational and descriptive musical terminology, and express opinions, ideas and values regarding music today.