What are the Expressive Arts?
Expressive arts is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, writing, movement, dream work and visual arts in an integrated way to foster a child’s development. The expressive arts give children the opportunity to develop self-confidence, gives freedom of expression through creativity and allows children to show joy and passion for our world.
At Eye there are many opportunities to take part in the Expressive Arts throughout the curriculum and through the many clubs that are on offer at the school.
•Expressive arts will become an integral part of the curriculum.
•It will be embedded within core lessons – not just stand alone sessions.
•There will be plentiful opportunities for external providers to come in and share their talents in the arts.
Activities you can try at home
On a piece of paper how the emotion strengthens and weakens by closing your eyes and moving your pen across the board, up and down as you listen.
What kind of emotions does this evoke for you?
What might the Pride Lands sound like? What might it sound like when a new king has been born?
Create a soundscape to show this?
Watch the first 20 seconds - how is the girl feeling? What makes you think that? What might she be doing?
Pause just before a minute - how has the girl's feelings changed? Why do you think that is? What might she have lost? What could she do now that may help?
Pause again at 1.42 - Has the girl's feelings changed even more now? Why do you think that maybe?
Once the giraffe appears - are you shocked why? How does the girl feel now?
KQ-How does the music compliment the storyline?
Ideas for writing
Write a description of the giraffe - what does it look like? smell? feel?
Use the Show not Tell technique to describe how the girl's feelings change through the video.
Research and write a non chronological report on giraffes.
Write a set of instructions for keeping a giraffe as a pet.
If you could choose any animal in the world to keep as a pet, what would it be and why? What would you do with them? How would you need to change your house to take care of it?
Can you think of any other lessons this could link with?