How can we support our pupils to celebrate and respect difference within a wider world context?
This resource is part of our Teaching for Creativity series
In these three learning sequences, pupils explore their own emotions and expand their vocabulary around discussing their's and other people’s feelings. Drawing and sculptural exercises encourage conversations and opportunities to talk about real experiences and these activities provide a helpful way to tackle subjects which are often difficult to talk about.
Creative tasks help take the emphasis away from an embarrassing or delicate subject area, allowing space for pupils to feel safe and supported in exploring personal issues and enabling them to challenge and explore their feelings and the feelings of others. Whilst hands are busy, a mental space is created for reflections to be made without participants feeling under pressure.
Relationships and Sex Education, Key Stages 2–3
- Caring Friendships – exploring characteristics; developing and improving conversation techniques.
- Respectful Relationships – exploring the need for respect, listening, and communication.
- Wellbeing – recognising the wide scale of emotions and their value.
Objectives and outcomes
- I can recognise that people respond differently to different situations and events
- I can recognise the value of difference in skills sets and emotions
- I have shown discipline in crafting and improving my conversation techniques
- I have reflected critically on what communication skills I have developed
Creative habit: Disciplined
Pupil confidence can be built through creative activities that explore the uncertain or the unexpected.
These sequences focus on the skill of being disciplined, with reflective elements to unpick how they felt about this creative habit. They start to use deliberate practice to target the hard parts of conversation skills and learn to articulate what it means to craft and improve, reflect critically and self-assess their own development.
In this short CPD video, Artist and Creative Facilitator Abigail Hunt demonstrates two activities from Lesson 3 in the resource: 'Drawn Conversations' and 'Paper Stretch'.
Follow on task: Challenge yourself to make a one-minute drawing every day for a week. Set an alarm reminder for the same time each day. Try drawing: your hand/view from a window/object on a desk/sounds you can hear. Don’t worry about your drawing – explore instead the discipline of repeating the activity each day.
Assessment for learning
Abigail offers some tips and guidance for supporting students, measuring success, and embedding the creative habit.
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