Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Bus. It uses intentional teaching strategies to focus on the capabilities of being kind to others. Children will recreate a bus setting for socio-dramatic play, navigating the roles and responsibilities of the driver and passengers, communicating effectively and respectfully, and showing kindness by giving up their seats to other passengers in need.

This is an official Bluey lesson that celebrates the joy and curiosity of Bluey and allows children to build social and emotional intelligence and develop oral language skills. Most of all it has been designed to inspire creativity and imagination in your children!

Lesson Values: This lesson has been designed to provide opportunities for children to explore social and emotional learning through imaginative play. All lessons in the Bluey series are underpinned by a philosophy of play and imagination. In addition, this lesson specifically focuses on…

  • Kindness

Click here for a full list of values, and the explanations and learning philosophy that underpins these lessons.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

4. Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

1. Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
3. Children become aware of fairness

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Unit of work: Bluey – Early Learning.

Age group: 2 – 5 years.

Time required: 20+ minutes.

Resources required:

  • A bell
  • Chairs
  • Costumes, for example, a doll, walking stick, crutches, toy dog, sunglasses, blankets, hats and wigs
  • Device capable of presenting a video to children
  • Picture of Rita and Janet Bluey Grannies – Printout
  • Priority Seating Sign – printed (or create your own)
  • Rope
  • Wheel or paper plate (for steering wheel)

Evidence-based Approach

  • These lessons have been developed to support social and emotional learning, oral language development and play-based learning. To find out more, click here.
  • To learn about the Zones of Emotional Regulation, click here.

About Bluey

 

This activity has been developed in partnership with Ludo Studio. We would like to acknowledge the support of ABC Kids, BBC Studios, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

 

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Part A: Watch Bluey

Step 1. You can begin by watching the Bluey episode Bus.

You can watch this episode on ABC iView or through Enhance TV.

Bus synopsis: During a game of bus, passenger Mum is too scared to tell Bus Driver Dad that she secretly loves him, until she gets some help from the Grannies.

Step 2. Once the episode has finished, take a few minutes to talk about what the children noticed in the episode

It is important for children to discover themes and lessons from the episode for themselves. It is open to their interpretation, and they cannot be wrong in terms of what they felt or gathered from the episode. Using questions that begin with “I wonder…” is a great way to get children sharing their own ideas; ‘I wonder…” questions don’t necessarily have a correct answer, leaving children open to explore and share their own ideas without fear of being wrong.

For more evidence-based advice on developing oral language in children click here.

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