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Music, Drama and Visual Arts Come Together at BCIS

June, 2015
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bcis-news_ms_iau_show-8An important aspect of education within the framework of the IB is ‘interdisciplinary learning’. Teachers at IB schools, like Beijing City International School, will often collaborate to find opportunities where curriculum can have cross-over, and create opportunities for students to apply learning from one subject into another. Nowhere is this displayed better and more effectively in than in the annual Integrated Arts Unit performance, which was held on 4 and 5 June.

In the five weeks leading up to the final performance evening, students in Grades 6 to 8 were working hard across all the arts disciplines, including visual arts, music and drama, to put together an exciting, expressive evening of theatre for their parents and BCIS peers. In visual arts, students were designing and creating the sets and backgrounds. In music, they were putting together a score to accompany the on-stage action, and finally in drama, they were rehearsing four short plays from Old China to perform on June 4. The title of the unit this year was ‘Riding the Wind’.

For a school like BCIS, the integrated arts unit is a great opportunity for students to be able to focus on their individual strengths in the arts. What’s more, it’s a chance for them to demonstrate the diversity and ability of the students as a community within BCIS. Understanding each other’s strengths means they can work better together; collaborate and then see the results of their hard work in something tangible that the whole school community can enjoy.


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