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The Vision

Passion for the Arts


The Mission Statement

To develop the Arts through the mastery of techniques, aesthetic appreciation and creativity

In 2017, the Arts Department’s strategic objective is to achieve excellence in aesthetics, where our pupils become engaged and self-directed learners through our pervasive culture of innovation for continuous improvement. This will enhance our pupils’ holistic school experience from the arts co-curriculum (P1 & P2 Programme for Active Learning (PAL) which provides pupils with broad exposure in Performing and Visual Arts, Arts Learning Journeys, Arts Enrichment classes, customised and innovative Art & Music syllabi) and to inculcate the sense of IJ mission.

The 2009 revised Arts Department vision and mission of ‘Passion for the Arts’ and ‘To develop the Arts through the mastery of techniques, aesthetic appreciation and creativity’ respectively enable art and music teachers to develop our pupils with the basic aims of Arts Education – such that every child be visually/musically literate and to appreciate the Arts.

Art and Music are part of the school curriculum and the assignments challenge pupils in the areas of creativity and problem-solving.

We hope that through the arts education in CHIJ (Katong) Primary, our pupils will be more observant and appreciative of the environment and be developed and stretched to their optimum potential.

Mrs Alice Ng                                                     Mrs Audrey Ortega                                   

Subject Head – Arts                                         Music Coordinator                             


ART PROGRAMMES

• Art Curriculum based on MOE Art Syllabus 2009

• Briefing on Arts Programme for all teachers in December 2016

• Briefing and Art Workshop  for art teachers in January 2017

• Enrichment Programmes for all P1 to P6 pupils

o P1 – Water Colour Painting

o P2 – Block Printing

o P3 – Chalk Pastels & Charcoal Drawing

o P3 and P4 – Art Appreciation (2 sessions) conducted by parent volunteers for Art Outreach (AO)

o P4, P5 & P6 – Photography 


Photography

Photography using DSLR cameras was started in 2013 as part of the New Media platform during Art lessons for all upper primary classes. All P4 to P6 pupils experienced and learnt to capture better photographs by developing an eye for composition and framing using a DSLR camera. Each child had a camera to use during the 5 one-hour sessions. P4 will start on basic Digital Photography (Level 1), P5 will experience Level 2 (Photo Editing) of this New Media experience and P6 pupils will experience Level 3 which is Basic Photojournalism.


Art Syllabus Content P1 to P6

The learning content outlines the knowledge, skills and values that pupils will acquire to achieve the learning outcomes.

Knowledge

– Art Forms e.g. 2D & 3D Fine Art, 2D & 3D Design and Digital Media

– Elements of Art and Principles of Design

Skills

– Art Techniques

– Visual Inquiry Skills

– Research & Processing Skills

– Communication Skills

Values/Themes

–   Art captures imagination (P1-P2)

–  Art expresses human emotions (P1-P2)

–  Art communicates ideas (P3-P4)

–  Art has purposes and functions (P5-P6)


Pupils’ Art Assignments

Number of assignments to be completed varies with each level. Art teachers are to ensure that the activities include a variety of media.


Activities & Events

• Annual On-The-Spot Art Competition for all pupils during Arts Week.

• Collaboration with English Department for Arts Week activities.

• Collaboration with Mathematics Department for P4 & P5 Art-Maths Trails.

• Ad-hoc National / International Art Competitions


Arts Learning Journeys

• P1 – Singapore Art Museum Visit

• P2 – National Gallery of Singapore Museum Visit

• P3 – Drama Show (in collaboration with English Language Department)

• P4 – Art-Maths Trail (in collaboration with Mathematics Department)

•      – Art Outreach Arts Learning Journey

• P5 – Art-Maths Trail to Sentosa (in collaboration with Mathematics Department)


Arts Programme at CHIJ (Katong) Primary

The Arts Department strategic objective is to achieve excellence in aesthetics, where our pupils become engaged and self-directed learners through our pervasive culture of innovation for continuous improvement. Pupils are provided with broad exposure in Performing and Visual Arts, Arts Learning Journeys, Arts Enrichment classes, customised and innovative Art & Music syllabi to inculcate in our pupils the sense of IJ mission.

In the music programme, our pupils learn to be more observant and appreciative of the environment and be developed and stretched to their optimum potential. Music education also builds the aural abilities of a child and thus empowers her to appreciate, perform and create music, thereby enhancing the quality of life.



Music Framework P1 to P6

Framework for the teaching and learning of the General Music Programme [GMP]

1. Listen and Respond to Music

2. Perform Music

3. Create Music


Objectives (Student Outcomes)

1. Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.

2. Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.

3. Provide the basis to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music.


Music in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

1. Music lessons (Music Syllabus)

2. Music Enrichment – IT Programmes

(Creative Music – P2 to P5) 

(Garage Band – P6)

3. Music CCA (Hand Bells, Choir and Dance) 

4. Music Curriculum based on MOE Music Syllabus 2015

5. Learning to play musical instruments, where by the end of P6, pupils would have learnt to play 5 different instruments:

P1- Simple Percussion instruments

P2 – Hand Chimes

P3 – Recorder

P4 – Ukulele

P5 – Guitar

6. The General Music Programme contributes to the quality of students’ holistic education and plays a part in nurturing them to become informed audiences for the Arts.


Programme

1. Pupils will do their music syllabus using the modular system.

2. Pupils will be taught the different aspects in modules and will be tested at the end of each module. E.g. P4 – Term 2 – Pupils will learn to play the ukulele. At the end of Term 2, they will be assessed to see if they have managed to master the basics of playing the ukulele using rubrics.


Level

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

P1

Singing and Rhythm

Simple Percussion

World Music

Create Music

P2

Music Elements

Hand Chimes

World Music

Create Music

P3

Music Elements

Recorder

World Music

Create Music

P4

Music Elements

Ukulele

World Music

Create Music

P5

Music Elements

World Music

Guitar

Create Music

P6

Music Elements

World Music

Garage Band

Music Genres


Teaching Approaches and Delivery

1. Thematic and Concept Approach

2. Kodaly Method – Promotes musical literacy and active understanding of music through singing, folk music and music of artistic value, handsigns and music games.

3. Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Utilizes physical movement and musical rhythms to teach and reinforce musical concepts. The approach connects music, movement, mind and body.

4. Orff Appraoch – Engages children’s minds and bodies through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and use of percussion instruments.


Assessment

Both Summative and Formative Assessment – Assessments are carried out through a variety of ways, such as through listening and responding activities, music presentations (performing), improvisation or composition tasks (creating), written assignments or reflection journals

Emerging 21st Century Competencies

The link between the aims of the General Music Programme and the 21st Century Competencies is shown below.


Emerging 21st Century Competencies

Corresponding Aims in General Music programme

Civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills

Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.

Provide the basis to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music

Critical and Inventive Thinking

 

Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.

Communication, Collaboration an information Skills

 

Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music


Special Objectives of Music Programme in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

Pupils are given the opportunity to learn the different instruments for a term, so that they can get the chance to discover their musical talent or interest in playing a particular musical instrument. They can further their interest by signing up for extended classes for the next level.

Pupils are also given special attention in singing, dancing and Hand chimes playing in P1 and P2, so that the talented pupils can be chosen for choir, dance and Hand Bells ensemble [CCA] when they reach P3.


Activities & events to showcase pupils’ instrument playing & dance

Performances at the Performance Deck – Pupils from each level to play the instruments/dance which they have learnt at the performance deck (class performance). This helps pupils to gain confidence in performing before an audience. It also allows pupils to showcase their talents and enthusiasm in the arts.

Collaboration with the English department for Arts Week. 

Teachers will identify and select pupils for Hand chimes Ensemble, Choir & Dance (CCA) at the end of P2