All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 attend weekly one hour music lessons with a qualified music specialist teacher, who is trained in both Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk music pedagogy. These lessons include singing, moving, playing classroom instruments, composing, improvising, listening, responding and using technology, with a focus on the joyful celebration of and interaction with music in all its forms.
West Leeming offers instrumental lessons through the Department of Education’s Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) program, for selected students from Years 3-6. Current instruments on offer include violin/viola (Years 3-6); cello (Years 4-6) and flute, clarinet, classical guitar, percussion and trumpet (Years 5-6).
Several music ensembles are available to eligible students. Those who study violin, viola or cello have the opportunity to join the String Ensemble in Years 5 and 6. Flute, trumpet, clarinet and percussion students make up the Year 6 Concert Band, and students in years 4-6 may opt-in to join West Leeming’s talented choir, performing at events including the WA Massed Choir Festival, Recital Night, and the annual Music assembly. The ever popular West Leeming’s Got Talent event provides an opportunity for interested students to showcase their abilities in dance, instrumental performance and/or singing.
The Visual Arts specialist program is delivered and implemented at West Leeming Primary School to cater for students in Year 1 and Year 2 once a week for 1 ½ hours.
Benefits of learning Visual Arts:
- appreciate Art around us
- learn through the Arts
- integrate with other Learning Areas to explore, extend, enhance
- use of Art to express feelings
- tell stories through Art
- use Art for students with special needs for fine motor skills
- express thinking
- a way to communicate ideas
- develop language
Students create visual representations that communicate, challenge and express their own and others ideas. Visual Art supports ability to recognize and develop cultural appreciation of Visual Arts both past and present contents through exploring and responding to artists and their artwork.
Students in Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a range of resources to enhance their love of learning in Visual Art.
As Art is all around, through shape, colour, texture, patterns and lines, students can expand on these elements to create some individual masterpieces.