Arts & Culture


To enable learner to express their culture through the Arts by engaging critically and offering solutions, ideas and suggestions to issues relating to the lifestyles, behavior, heritage and beliefs systems of the diverse South African Population. Further to help the learner seek respect for the integrity of each art form and to integrate them whenever possible, combining individual disciplines to create new forms of expression.


To provide Arts and Culture Education for all learners’s by providing experiences for learners to express themselves through Dance, Drama, Music, Visual arts, Craft, Design, Media and Communication, Arts management, Arts technology and Heritage. Through Arts and Culture activities, a safe and supportive environment can be created for learners to explore, experience and express thoughts, ideas and concepts within an atmosphere of openness and acceptance.


  • Assist learners to reach their potential by:
  • Moving from being passive inheritors of culture to being active participants.
  • Educating learners on how to reflect and engage with art experiences and products.
  • Helping learners to develop a healthy self-image.
  • Educating learners about interactive skills.
  • Educating learners to understand the origins, functions and dynamic nature of South Africa’s rich diverse cultures and heritage.
  • Educating learners about processes and how to produce products.
  • Educating the learners on the need to respect human value and dignity.
  • Educating learners about economic contribution to self and society.

Time Allocation

Grade 4-7 should have 2 hours for Arts and Culture.

(Grade 7 should be 2:30 minutes per week but the timetable do not accommodate this difference for grade 7 learners alone)

Lesson Planning

In the lesson plan the Learning Outcomes do not operate in isolation but they overlap each other. To do this most lessons should include Dance, Music, Speech and Drama and one Visual Arts per Theme.

Classwork activities

A variety of activities should be taking place during classwork. These can consist of project work, collages, assignments, investigations, surveys, presentations, demonstrations, constructions, debates, role-play, interviews, drama, music, songs, poetry, storytelling, model making, sculpture, physical activities, maps, posters, charts, reports, essays, oral presentations, worksheets, questionnaires, exhibitions, painting, drawing, graphs, mind-mapping, self reporting and answers by learners.


Most of the homework for Arts and Culture can be informal and consist of finding pictures or information related to what the learner is learning about in the programme organizer. Homework should be followed up on by the educator and must be about work that were discussed or taught in class.

If needed while doing and completing the Assessment Task work can also be send home as homework.

Assessment task / Projects

Learners are to complete one assessment task per term and this is to be taken as part of the learners portfolio work. The task should have clear instructions explaining what the learner has to do, where they can find resources and what the assessment criteria for the task are.

Projects can be given to learners but must be accompanied with the assessment criteria in order for the learners to know what is expected from them.


Learners’ achievements need to be recorded in their books and or portfolios. All marks for assessment purposes are to be recorded in the Educators Assessment file. Each Learning outcome in Arts and Culture (Speech and Drama, Dance, Music and Visual Arts) should be equally weighted. Tests should try to include all four learning outcomes.

Multicultural Activities

Arts and Culture should be multicultural; especially Music- Traditional Music and Dance should be included in the Themes.

Ethnic Groups

All ethnic groups need to be accommodated in the Arts and Culture Programme.


It is desirable for learners to be exposed to Arts and Culture in their communities. At least one excursion a year should be related to Arts and Culture Programme this can take the form of a visit to a museum, exhibition or show.

Kinds of Assessments

Different forms of assessment should be practiced in Arts and Culture learning programme. Educators are to allow peer, group, individual and teacher assessment.

Checking of Assessment records

These should link with your lesson planning, learning outcomes and assessment standards and assessment tasks.

Assessment Criteria

Activities given to learners should be accompanied by assessment criteria in order for the learners to know what is expected from them.