The Municipal Academy for Music, Word and Dance from Zottegem (SAMWD) with the Oosterzele branch has won two art cures from this school year. For this, she is working with two Oosterzeel schools, Vrije Basisschool (VBS) Scheldewindeke and De Appelaar. The aim is to achieve cross-fertilization between the two forms of education, with a focus on the attainment targets of primary education.
Kunstkuur wants to strengthen art and culture within primary schools. For three years, teachers of music, word art, drama and dance from the academy have been co-teaching with primary school teachers on language. They prepare the language lessons together, each from their own knowledge and experience. The focus is on achieving the attainment targets for the language subjects, such as reading comprehension, speaking and writing Dutch (and French). New is the creative input of the art teacher by using word art drama, music and dance, among other things. In this way, students can deal with language in an innovative way and take learning to a more thorough and deeper level.
Seven hours a week
In both schools the art teachers are present seven hours a week. In VBS Scheldewindeke, students of the first and second grade are taught by the art spa teachers. The keyword for this school year is ‘Brain heroes’. A playing field where there is room for learning other ways of thinking on a rhythmic, verbal and mobile level. In De Appelaar, the project spans all three grades. The annual theme there is ‘What if language tickles you’. This slogan stands for a creative use of language.
In addition to bringing students into creative contact with language, the Art Cure Project also enriches the functioning of the academy. Arts teachers learn to deal with diversity, inclusion and learning disabilities. They take that knowledge with them in their own lessons. The teachers from primary education want to gain musically creative ideas and learn from their colleagues at the academy. The director of the academy notices that the interaction leads more children to part-time art education. This is most visible in dance training.