ARTinED: a new approach to education using the arts has designed an innovative methodology to add creativity in to primary schools through the arts and bring creativity through artistic expression in to every curricular subject.
The arts play a fundamental role to support a student’s creative abilities, self-expression and learning abilities. They are a necessary tool especially when not thought as separate subjects but integrated throughout the curriculum. For example, dance, music, drama, creative writing and poetry, visual arts used into the teaching of maths, science, and languages at primary education level
There are more scenarios in English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Swedish and Turkish language that give examples to primary school teachers to use this approach or even better to use them as inspiration to develop their own workshops at the link below.
DANCE AND MATHS
Division, shapes and counting rhythms/beats
Learning Outcomes :
Learning mathematical division
Learning how to hear and count rhythms
Practising to work and collaborate in groups
Practising to be creative and openly expressive
The Teaching Procedure :
The teacher asks the students to divide themselves into 4 groups; of equal numbers. Then the students divide each group into half.
The teacher explains the counting of a song, using the most common example of a 4/4 beat. The student’s practice holding count to the beat and figuring out how many “8s” they can collect during the playing of one tune, (in dance we use the counting 1-8, to make it easier to know what movement to do on a certain count).
The teacher then asks each group to make a choreography of four “8s” and to start that choreography after two “8s”. The choreography should have a clear shape of a triangle, square or rectangle (how the dancers stand) and it should be expressing numbers in shapes (inspiration). The choreography can have other elements than the examples given here but should be connected with the subject of maths.
The student’s choreographies are then shown to each other in the classroom, or to other invited classes. The choreographies can also be videoed for documentation.
SCIENCE THROUGH CREATIVITY WRITING
Flowers life cycle and the concept of heliotropism applied to solar energy
Sunflowers and solar energy
• Increasing interest and participation in science
• Increasing students understanding of scientific concepts
• Learning new words and improving the scientific vocabulary
• Reinforcing learning process in natural science
• Understanding flower lifecycle
• Identifying the parts of a plant: seed, roots, stem, leaves
• Understanding the importance of the sun on the life of plants
• Developing an understanding of ecological principles
• Discovering how mirroring nature inspires new technologies
• Learning to express feelings and emotions
• Improving communication and collaborative learning
The teacher shares background information about what plants need for growth and shows the students the selected resources using a computer and/or some pictures. Then the teacher reads aloud a poem about sunflowers and introduces the concept of plant heliotropism and its application to solar energy using some videos.
The students divided into groups of four or five and the teacher using a torch (as sun) ask them to move like sunflowers for 2 or 3 minutes. Brainstorming activity will helps to promote thinking skills. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination and express their feelings about what they have learnt about sunflowers and their life cycle. The teacher will ask them to create a poem or a short essay about the different stages of the sunflower lifecycle.
To create the poem or the short essay the teacher may ask the first child of a group to make up one sentence and the second child has to repeat the same sentence adding something more and so on till the last child of the group. Each group will create a collective poem or short story.
At the end of the session all the poems and the stories can be written in a notebook or performed and commented on by the children and then videoed by the teacher.
Resources for this activity: suggested poems and videos :
• Bring Me the Sunflower by Eugenio Montale
• Ah Sunflower! by William Blake
Sun tracker idea video: