Questions and Answers

What are Key Capabilities?

Key capabilities help children and young people be comfortable and confident in who they are and give them the tools to thrive throughout their lives – from the early years, through schooling, and beyond.

What is the Key Capabilities Continua?

The Continua is as resource for children and young people in Catholic Education South Australia.

It is designed for use at any age or year level.

It invites children and young people to reflect on and show evidence of their capabilities by engaging in and drawing upon a variety of experiences both within and outside of school, and through reflection on these experiences. 

How can I use the Continua?

You can use the Continua to reflect on learning experiences in the classroom.
For example:

when you are in the classroom you can reflect on how you “engage authentically with others” (Self aware, collaborative and socially adept) and/or “seek solutions and put ideas into action” (Knowledgeable, inquisitive and innovative). 

Can I reflect on and evidence experiences I have outside of classroom learning and school experiences?

Yes, the Continua can be used to reflect on, plan for and evidence your capabilities in all aspects of your life.

Some examples could be:

  • Camp, liturgy, friendships
  • Faith experiences and experiences of service (volunteering, attending Mass etc)
  • Club experiences such as sport, music, drama etc.

How is each Continuum structured?

At the top of each poster is the name of the capability. There are 7 capabilities that feature organising elements, sub-elements, phases, indicators and elaborations.

This is outlined on The Structure of the Capabilities page.

How can I start to become familiar with the Continua?

  • Choose a capability you would like to reflect on.
  • Read through the sub-elements.
  • Choose a sub-element. Read it and then read across the phases to see where you see yourself as a person, learner and/or leader.
  • Do you have any evidence to show you have developed this capability?
  • Consider how you could grow in this capability.

What do the phases mean to me?

Everyone learns and grows at different rates and there is no set place you should be along the Continua. Just because you are at a certain age or year level, does not mean you are meant to be in a set phase. You might even find that you are at different phases for different capabilities depending on your experiences.

What is evidence?

Evidence is something that you can collect to show how you are developing your key capabilities. For example, you may have been developing your ability to ‘problem solve’ or ‘communicate effectively’ (Literate, numerate and effective communicators) and you have a piece of evidence which can demonstrate this, such as:

  • A photo or audio file
  • Your own work i.e. written, drawing, reflection
  • A comment from an adult or peer

It is important that your evidence can be confirmed by a trusted adult and/or peer to ensure that it is valid and useful.

Can I use one piece of evidence for different capabilities and sub-elements?

Yes, you can reflect on an experience, learning or achievement and this could be used as evidence across more than one capability. For example, when using ICT you may evidence how you are...

  • considering the social impact of my ICT use
    (Confident and careful creators and users of ICT)
  • contributing with others to a more just and loving world
    (Spiritually aware and inspired by faith)
  • promoting the common good
    (Intercultural and globally minded)

How can adults and peers support me?

Both adults and peers can support you by helping you think about your capabilities, suggesting ways you could grow in your capabilities and helping you think about times they have seen you use your capabilities.

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