When is a stick not a stick?

Preschool to Year 2 drama, music, visual arts
Creative Class Drama Visual arts
Tags: Connections Program

Explore a world of play and imagery, where nothing is as ordinary as it seems

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Students in overalls, holding up a stick each, in the play When is a Stick Not a Stick for the State Drama Festival

Learning intentions

  • respond imaginatively when using a stick as a stimulus
  • explore elements of drama to create characters
  • develop expressive skills through movement and voice
  • create artworks using a stick as a stimulus.


The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • 1.3: Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • 4.1: Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination, and reflexivity.
  • 4.3: Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • 5.1: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.
  • 5.2: Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media.
Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus

Visual arts

  • VAES1.1: makes simple pictures and other kinds of artworks about things and experiences. 
  • VAS1.1: makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things. 


  • 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. 
  • 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.