Teaching English and Literacy Creatively in Primary Classrooms

Overview

Through three interactive workshop sessions participants will explore how creative arts processes and experiences can be meaningfully embedded in the English and literacy classroom to enhance the educational outcomes of primary children. All participants will have the opportunity to experience all sessions on the day, and all activities can be easily adapted for use in the classroom. No prior knowledge is assumed - Come prepared and get involved and have fun!

Accreditation

Completing a Teaching English Literacy Creatively in Primary Classrooms course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.5.2, 4.1.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

 

Target Participants

Teachers K – 6 who wish to develop a deeper understanding of embedding the Creative Arts in Primary English and Literacy

Delivery

The Arts as critical quality pedagogy in primary English and literacy classrooms

Three inter-related sessions will explore the use of educational drama strategies, storytelling and visual arts experiences with quality children’s literary texts to deeply enhance students’ English and literacy outcomes. Such activities and experiences engage and motivate students and challenge them to develop deeper understandings, empathy and creative and critical thinking. They are also a springboard for authentic integration across the primary curriculum

Workshop 1 employs a range of drama strategies (e.g. hotseating, sculpture and still image, conscience alley) with a contemporary literary text to focus on embodiment and walking in others’ shoes.

Workshop 2 explores the power of oral storytelling to activate teacher and students’ imaginations, enable active listening and enhance narrative understanding.

Workshop 3 leads with Visual Arts as another form of language/communication especially powerful for EAL/D students and a springboard into the authentic integration of literacy and the Creative Arts.