Engage, through language, with their peers and with fictional and real-life characters and situations, to explore their own emotions and develop creative potential, for example, discuss what they would have done or how they would have felt when faced with a situation in a novel; produce a digital portfolio highlighting their personal qualities.
Explore and respond to others' emotions as encountered in literature, the media, moving image and peer discussion, for example, in role-play, empathise with someone whose experience is different from their own.
Develop the ability to use language (including body language) effectively in communicating with and relating to others, for example, explore situations in which tone, choice of words, gesture and facial expression can alter meaning and impact.
Explore issues related to Personal Health: Consider the effectiveness of language in current health campaigns, for example, explore the use of imagery and emotive language in posters, leaflets, television, etc. Create a campaign to promote a health and safety issue for example, misuse of substances. Improvise a scene demonstrating peer support or peer pressure about a health related issue.
Explore issues related to Moral Character: Demonstrate a willingness to challenge stereotypical, biased or distorted viewpoints with appropriately sensitive, informed and balanced responses, for example, discuss moral choices of real-life and fictional characters. Take responsibility for choices and actions.
Developing pupils as Contributors to Society
Use literature, drama, poetry or the moving image to explore others' needs and rights, for example, consider the needs of a fictional character; participate in a role play involving conflicting rights.
Explore the power of a range of communication techniques to inform, entertain, influence and persuade, for example, compile and justify a list of top ten television advertisements or web sites for young people; create an innovative lifestyle article or feature for young people.
Explore how different cultures and beliefs are reflected in a range of communication methods, for example, investigate local oral traditions and dialects; compare and contrast how the culture and lifestyle of different countries are represented in stories, poems, images, etc.
Explore issues related to Ethical Awareness: Investigate and evaluate communication techniques used to explore a relevant ethical issue, for example, track coverage of the same issue in a range of media; design and produce own current affairs programme or news sheet for a young audience.
Developing pupils as Contributors to the Economy and the Environment
Investigate the importance of communication skills in life/work situations, for example, participate in interviews and self-marketing; develop an advertising campaign for a local company or product; investigate jobs in companies in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in which good communication is essential to business.
Plan and create an effective communication campaign, for example, produce promotional literature with eco-friendly guidelines for a visit to a natural/cultural heritage site; present the case for preserving a local site/building; participate in a model youth assembly or parliament about a global issue.
Explore issues related to Economic Awareness: Explore the impact of economics on the lives of people, for example, debate whether you should buy items produced by child labour; consider reasons and consequences of financial difficulties of a character in literature.
Research and manage information effectively, including Using Mathematics and Using ICT where appropriate.
Show deeper understanding by thinking critically and flexibly, solving problems and making informed decisions, demonstrating Using Mathematics and Using ICT where appropriate.
Demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through.
Work effectively with others.
Demonstrate self-management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance.
Communicate effectively in oral, visual and written formats (including ICT and the moving image) showing clear awareness of audience and purpose and attention to accuracy.