Teaching English and Literacy Creatively in Primary Classrooms


This whole day comprises three interactive and related workshop sessions. Participants will explore how quality arts strategies, processes and experiences can be meaningfully integrated across the primary curriculum to enhance learners’ K-6 English and literacy outcomes.  All participants will have the opportunity to experience all sessions on the day, and all activities are easily adapted to meet the diverse needs of specific classroom contexts. A range of creative activities including storytelling, drama, and visual arts will be explored using contemporary children’s literature to demonstrate how learners can be engaged and motivated, develop their imaginations, creativity and confidence and improve their oracy, inferential understandings, critical thinking and imaginative writing. No prior experience is needed: participants should come prepared to have hands-on fun!

Course Fee: $200

Comments from Evaluations:

  • I really enjoyed all the sessions. The practical was a fantastic way to be immersed in and stimulated by
  • I absolutely loved it and feel very inspired.
  • All sessions had so much to offer - each different and unique.
  • It was great seeing my uni lecturers after so long.


Target Participants

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


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.

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