Dryandra PS students learning with Maths through Movement


Wanvisa Gillies with Rachael Bott (Creative Moves WA) and Nile Mohamed Kheir. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Wanvisa Gillies with Rachael Bott (Creative Moves WA) and Nile Mohamed Kheir. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

STUDENTS at Dryandra Primary School in Mirrabooka have been among the first to take part in a special learning program, which launches next month.

The program by Creative Moves WA called Maths through Movement is a program which applies learning techniques through the use of dance.

Creative Moves WA director and professional dancer Rachael Bott said the program helped assist schools in addressing the arts curriculum through meaningful creative experiences.

“Most kids are naturally energetic and want to move, so dance is a way to harness that energy into learning in the curriculum,” she said.

“At this stage we have packages for pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2 students, but eventually we will extend it to high school.”

The program looks at patterns and place value, shapes and fractions and measurements, all through the use of dance.

The program will launch next month, with lesson plans available for teachers to purchase.

Ms Bott said so far the program had been successful with students.

“They seem to love it and the feedback from teachers is that the kids are involved more than they would be in the classroom and they think its fun,” she said.

“There is a big push at the moment for kids to come out of school with creativity as a core skill, so we are trying to incorporate it in the curriculum.”