The Arts at JIS
At JIS we very strongly believe in the power and creative need for a major role in our curriculum for the arts. We integrate aspects of our scope and sequence into our arts programme but also teach some of them as discrete areas of learning. Creativity is at the core of all that we do. We want our students to be stimulated by their environment and surroundings and also to be inspired to be creative themselves. Our arts programme involves a range of visual, musical and physical arts programmes with students having regular exposure to a range of learning opportunities. We utilise the I.B. Scope and Sequence as a starting point for our units of inquiry and overall programme but we adapt and develop these into new opportunities for learning and performance.
Our students have access to a wide range of facilities in which to enjoy their arts programme. we maintain a large art room, music room, gym and large multi purpose room for dance and drama activities. Our corridors and classrooms are open and inviting, with learning happening everywhere, not just restricted to specific times or lessons. We have run an artist in residence programme which has allowed us to invite a range of artists and students from local universities into the school to work with the students. We hope this will continue in the future. This programme is an integral part of our planning for the arts and allows us to go beyond the regular curriculum with our expert support. We also present a large scale drama production each year which involves the whole school. Student involvement is enoucraged in all areas, cast, production, music and digital special effects.