Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Escape. It focuses on the capability of storytelling. Students will work together to create a story of a cat and mouse chase, sharing and responding to ideas from their peers. They will develop their improvisation skills and their understanding of characters and their motivations.

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

Lesson values: This lesson has been designed to provide opportunities for students 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…

  • Storytelling

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

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.

About Bluey

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content Descriptions:

Foundation – Year 2 Drama

  • Explore role and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama (ACADRM027)

Foundation Year English

  • Innovate on familiar texts through play (ACELT1831)
  • Listen to and respond orally to texts and to the communication of others in informal and structured classroom situations (ACELY1646)
  • Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge (ACELY1651)

Year 1 English

  • Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students’ own experiences (ACELT1582)
  • Recreate texts imaginatively using drawing, writing, performance and digital forms of communication (ACELT1586)
  • Innovate on familiar texts by using similar characters, repetitive patterns or vocabulary (ACELT1832)

Year 2 English

  • Identify aspects of different types of literary texts that entertain, and give reasons for personal preferences (ACELT1590)
  • Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways (ACELT1591)
  • Create events and characters using different media that develop key events and characters from literary texts (ACELT1593)

Syllabus outcomes: DRAES1.1, DRAS1.1, ENe-1A, ENe-2A, EN-11D, EN1-10C, EN-11D, EN1-7B, EN1-2A

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Foundation – Year 2 Drama achievement standards: Students make and present drama using the elements of role, situation and focus in dramatic play and improvisation. Students use the elements and processes of arts subjects to make and share artworks that represent ideas.

Relevant parts of Foundation Year English achievement standards: Students recall one or two events from texts with familiar topics. They identify and describe likes and dislikes about familiar texts, objects, characters and events. In informal group and whole class settings, students communicate clearly. 

Relevant parts of Year 1 English achievement standards: Students understand how characters in texts are developed and give reasons for personal preferences. They create texts that show understanding of the connection between writing, speech and images. They create short texts for a small range of purposes. They interact in pair, group and class discussions, taking turns when responding. 

Relevant parts of Year 2 English achievement standards:
Students explain their preferences for aspects of texts using other texts as comparisons. Students create texts, drawing on their own experiences, their imagination and information they have learnt. They use a variety of strategies to engage in group and class discussions and make presentations.

Topic: Bluey.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Bluey – Foundation to Year 2.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Teachers scaffold the discussion and facilitate the group storytelling exercise.

Resources required:

  • Lined paper
  • Plenty of wall space
  • Sticky tape or blutac
  • Whiteboard and coloured markers.

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

 

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

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... accept and expand on the ideas of other students to build a simple story
  • ... consider the motivations, goals and feelings of simple characters.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... follow the logical sequence of a plot
  • ... accept a proposed plot point and respond with a new plot point
  • ... identify the characters of a simple story
  • ... identify the goals of these characters
  • ... reflect on the motivations and meanings of character actions
  • ... illustrate an event from a group-devised story.

Consider making the learning intentions and success criteria visible to students throughout this lesson.

Teaching Sequence

Work through this resource material in the following sequence:

10 minutes - Part A: Watch Bluey
10 minutes - Part B: Discussion
15 minutes - Part C: Bluey's Escape Plot 
15 minutes - Part D: A Game of Cat and Mouse
10 minutes - Part E: Get Crafty!

Part A: Watch Bluey 

Step 1. Share t

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