Art in Early Years is about play and discovery. We place a strong emphasis on a growth mindset rather than perfectionism, and our primary focus is on exploration, experimenting and critical thinking. At Nün Academy, art links strongly to scientific discovery. Our students explore new materials, ideas and feelings, asking critical questions:
- How will this tempera paint change or react?
- Why does this happen?
- I wonder what would happen if…?
In Art class, students can take risks, daydream, turn old ideas into new ones, make critical observations, generate ideas, and make connections.
We introduce students to famous artists, well-known works, and art around the world, so students can explore art at a deeper level. Topics include artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe and many more. Students also study art from around the world such as the Caves of Lascaux and Altamira, Japanese Suminagashi and Mexican Huichol art.
We provide an eclectic and active music curriculum for our students in the Early Years Program. Folk songs, rhymes, traditional games and dances form an integral part of their music experience.
Each Early Years music lesson includes a variety of creative activities to introduce and reinforce basic music skills. In addition, many music activities support classroom objectives such as identifying numbers, recognising colours, reinforcing the alphabet, etc.
Music objectives fall into five conceptual areas...
We provide an eclectic and active
Students approach objectives through a variety of experiences:
Exploring locomotor and non-locomotor responses in metered and non-metered settings incorporating dramatic play.
Using voice rhythmically or freely to explore vocal expression.
Matching pitch independently and within a group.
Developing aural recognition.
Exploring the body as an instrument as well as pitched and unpitched instruments.
Demonstrating an understanding of the visual representatives of rhythm, melody and form.
Physical Education in the early years is about developing coordination, control, strength, agility and balance.As they develop sound fundamental movement skills, children can engage successfully in play and more structured games as they move through life, (e.g., running, hoping, throwing and catching, hopscotch, dancing, how to move, roll, jump)
Our early years physical activity programs focus on introducing children to organised sports, developing physical and social skills, building confidence, and getting everyone to have a go. Our emphasis is on the fun of playing, being active and trying hard rather than on winning and losing.