Numeracy K-6 (in Creative Arts)

In Creative Arts, numeracy skills are involved in all four arts strands, understanding of the relationships of time and space, symbol systems, codes and conventions across visual arts, music, drama and dance.

In visual arts students are interpreting subject matter and forms through exploring lines, shapes (2D and 3D), patterns, estimation, measurement, view and perspective. Music involves students engaging in duration through patterns of beat, rhythm and metre, structure and layers of sound, graduation of dynamics, and changes in pitch degrees. In drama students explore the elements of contrast, representative symbols, time relationships, duration, size and shape through space and groupings. Dance allows students to experiment with shapes, lines, and structure as well as spatial awareness, time including patterns, rhythm, metre and speed, and levels through space and location.



Visual Arts
VAES1.1 Makes simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences.
VAES1.2 Experiments with a range of media in selected forms

MUES1.1 Participates in simple speech, singing, playing and moving activities, demonstrating an awareness of musical concepts.
MUES1.2 Creates own rhymes, games, songs and simple compositions.
MUES1.4 Listens to and responds to music.

DRAES1.1 Uses imagination and the elements of drama in imaginative play and dramatic situations.
DRAES1.3 Dramatises personal experiences using movement, space and objects.

DAES1.1 Participates in dance activities and demonstrates an awareness of body parts, control over movement and expressive qualities.
DAES1.2 Explores movement in response to a stimulus to express ideas, feelings or moods


Visual Arts
VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.
VAS1.2 Uses the forms to make artworks according to varying requirements.

MUS1.1 Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating an awareness of musical concepts.
MUS1.2 Explores, creates, selects and organises sound in simple structures.
MUS1.3 Uses symbol systems to represent sounds.

DRAS1.1 Takes on roles in drama to explore familiar and imagined situations.
DRAS1.2 Conveys story, depicts events and expresses feelings by using the elements of drama and the expressive skills of movement and voice.
DRAS1.3 Interacts collaboratively to communicate the action of the drama with others.

DAS1.1 Performs dances demonstrating expressive qualities and control over a range of locomotor and non-locomotor movement.
DAS1.2 Explores and selects movement using the elements of dance to make dance express ideas, feelings or moods


Visual Arts
VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter.
VAS2.4 Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to, and appreciates the use of particular techniques.

MUS2.1 Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating a basic knowledge of musical concepts.
MUS2.2 Improvises musical phrases, organises sounds and explains reasons for choices.
MUS2.3 Uses commonly understood symbols to represent own work.
MUS2.4 Identifies the use of musical concepts and musical symbols in a range of repertoire.

DRAS2.1 Takes on and sustains roles in a variety of drama forms to express meaning in a wide range of imagined situations.
DRAS2.2 Builds the action of the drama by using the elements of drama, movement and voice skills.
DRAS2.3 Sequences the action of the drama to create meaning for an audience.

DAS2.1 Performs dances from a range of contexts, demonstrating movement skills, expressive qualities and an understanding of the elements of dance.
DAS2.2 Explores, selects and combines movement using the elements of dance to communicate ideas, feelings or moods.


Visual Arts
VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.
VAS3.2 Makes artworks for different audiences assembling materials in a variety of ways.
VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks.

MUS3.1 Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, individually and in groups, demonstrating a knowledge of musical concepts.
MUS3.2 Improvises, experiments, selects, combines and orders sound using musical concepts.
MUS3.3 Notates and discusses own work and the work of others.
MUS3.4 Identifies the use of musical concepts and symbols in a range of musical styles.

DRAS3.1 Develops a range of in-depth and sustained roles.
DRAS3.2 Interprets and conveys dramatic meaning by using the elements of drama and a range of movement and voice skills in a variety of drama forms.
DRAS3.3 Devises, acts and rehearses drama for performance to an audience.

DAS3.1 Performs and interprets dances from particular contexts, using a wide range of movement skills and appropriate expressive qualities.
DAS3.2 Explores, selects, organises and refines movement using the elements of dance to communicate intent.



Early Stage 1

> MAe-1WM describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials and informal recordings

MAe-2WM uses objects, actions, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems

MAe-3WM uses concrete materials and/or pictorial representations to support conclusions

Stage 1

MA1-1WM describes mathematical situations and methods using everyday and some mathematical language, actions, materials, diagrams and symbols

MA1-2WM uses objects, diagrams and technology to explore mathematical problems

MA1-3WM supports conclusions by explaining or demonstrating how answers were obtained

Stage 2

MA2-1WM uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas

MA2-3WM checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used

Stage 3

MA3-1WM describes and represents mathematical situations in a variety of ways using mathematical terminology and some conventions

MA3-3WM gives a valid reason for supporting one possible solution over another


Early Stage 1

MAe-4NA counts to 30, and orders, reads and represents numbers in the range 0 to 20

MAe-5NA combines, separates and compares collections of objects, describes using everyday language, and records using informal methods

MAe-6NA groups, shares and counts collections of objects, describes using everyday language, and records using informal methods

MAe-7NA describes two equal parts as halves

MAe-8NA recognises, describes and continues repeating patterns

Stage 1

MA1-4NA applies place value, informally, to count, order, read and represent two- and three-digit numbers

MA1-6NA uses a range of mental strategies and concrete materials for multiplication and division

MA1-7NA represents and models halves, quarters and eighths

MA1-8NA creates, represents and continues a variety of patterns with numbers and objects

Stage 2

MA2-4NA applies place value to order, read and represent numbers of up to five digits

MA2-6NA uses mental and informal written strategies for multiplication and division

MA2-7NA represents, models and compares commonly used fractions and decimals

MA2-8NA generalises properties of odd and even numbers, generates number patterns, and completes simple number sentences by calculating missing values

Stage 3

MA3-7NA compares, orders and calculates with fractions, decimals and percentages

MA3-8NA analyses and creates geometric and number patterns, constructs and completes number sentences, and locates points on the Cartesian plane


Early Stage 1

MAe-9MG describes and compares lengths and distances using everyday language

MAe-13MG sequences events, uses everyday language to describe the durations of events, and reads hour time on clocks

MAe-14MG manipulates, sorts and represents three-dimensional objects and describes them using everyday language

MAe-15MG manipulates, sorts and describes representations of two-dimensional shapes, including circles, triangles, squares and rectangles, using everyday language

MAe-16MG describes position and gives and follows simple directions using everyday language

Stage 1

MA1-9MG measures, records, compares and estimates lengths and distances using uniform informal units, metres and centimetres

MA1-14MG sorts, describes, represents and recognises familiar three-dimensional objects, including cones, cubes, cylinders, spheres and prisms

MA1-15MG manipulates, sorts, represents, describes and explores two-dimensional shapes, including quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons

MA1-16MG represents and describes the positions of objects in everyday situations and on maps

Stage 2

MA2-14MG makes, compares, sketches and names threedimensional objects, including prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones and spheres, and describes their features

MA2-15MG manipulates, identifies and sketches twodimensional shapes, including special quadrilaterals, and describes their features

MA2-17MG uses simple maps and grids to represent position and follow routes, including using compass directions

Stage 3

MA3-14MG identifies three-dimensional objects, including prisms and pyramids, on the basis of their properties, and visualises, sketches and constructs them given drawings of different views

MA3-15MG manipulates, classifies and draws two-dimensional shapes, including equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles, and describes their properties

MA3-16MG measures and constructs angles, and applies angle relationships to find unknown angles


Early Stage 1

MAe-17SP represents data and interprets data displays made from objects

Stage 1

MA1-17SP gathers and organises data, displays data in lists, tables and picture graphs, and interprets the results

Stage 2

MA2-18SP selects appropriate methods to collect data, and constructs, compares, interprets and evaluates data displays, including tables, picture graphs and column graphs

Stage 3

MA3-18SP uses appropriate methods to collect data and constructs, interprets and evaluates data displays, including dot plots, line graphs and two-way tables