Understanding The Arts
This area of learning makes a key contribution to children's personal, social and emotional development and to their growth as confident individuals. It enables them to participate in and respond to the creative and cultural life of their communities. Working as artists and designers they are encouraged to develop their own voice and to actively collaborate in order to communicate with different audiences through a variety of media and contexts.
Participating in a range of art forms - including art and design, drama, music and dance - helps children become responsive, critical and appreciative. They discover the value of discipline and practice and, in responding to the work of others, they gain insights into different viewpoints, identities, traditions and cultures.