This course offers opportunities to support all key skills, but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in artistic performance. Teachers can also build many of the other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning.
Key skill element
Student learning activity
Implementing ideas and taking action
Students learn to respond imaginatively to stimuli drawn from arts sources. They express feelings, thoughts and ideas through the chosen arts medium, taking risks and learning from mistakes.
Students engage in debate, discussion and brainstorming. They consider options and alternatives, trying out and evaluating different approaches. They see the process through to completion.
Developing my spoken language
Writing for different purposes
Students develop their oral literacy skills as they are given frequent opportunities to discuss and explain what they are doing. This short course may also provide opportunities for the teacher to actively coach students in the skills of public speaking, such as use of intonation, voice projection and diction.
Students develop their writing skills through the many opportunities for creative self-expression as well as through the preparation of functional documents associated with the project (such as writing promotional materials, catalogues, posters and captions).
Listening and expressing myself.
Students express emotions and key messages through their role in the presentation. They make decisions about how best to communicate with their audience using a variety of styles and media.
Managing information and thinking
Thinking creatively and critically
Using technology to access, manage and share knowledge
Students learn to question their own and others’ ideas and assumptions and to adjust thinking in light of new information.
Students use technology and digital media as research tools to gather information, communicate and/or as a means of creative expression.
Being able to reflect on my own learning
Making considered decisions
Students learn to identify and reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses, to seek help and to be open to feedback and criticism in a way that facilitates revision and improvement.
Students learn the importance of thinking through their decisions and how their actions might affect others and the collective process
Being positive about learning
In this short course students find enjoyment and fun in learning. They learn how to stick with a project, celebrating their achievement at the end.
Students develop confidence as they contribute to decision-making within the group, standing apart from the crowd when needed. They use teacher, peer and self-evaluation to improve. They develop resilience in the face of difficulties and sense of satisfaction in the achievement of goals.
Students set collective goals, work hard and compromise to achieve them, showing appreciation for the contribution of others to the development of group performances.