Activity Introduction

Bluey at the Movies PhotoframeQuick summary: This lesson is based on Bluey, Season 2, Movies. It focuses on the capability of mindfulness. Students take some time to meditate in nature, engaging their senses to help them be present in the moment and disconnected from any worries or concerns they may have.

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…

  • Mindfulness

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 English

  • Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (ACELT1783)
  • Create short texts to explore, record and report ideas and events using familiar words and beginning writing knowledge (ACELY1651)

Year 1 English

  • Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs) (ACELA1452)
  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)
  • Use interaction skills including turn-taking, recognising the contributions of others, speaking clearly and using appropriate volume and pace (ACELY1788)
  • Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for example illustrations and diagrams (ACELY1661)

Year 2 English

  • Identify visual representations of characters’ actions, reactions, speech and thought processes in narratives, and consider how these images add to or contradict or multiply the meaning of accompanying words (ACELA1469)
  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)
  • Use interaction skills including initiating topics, making positive statements and voicing disagreement in an appropriate manner, speaking clearly and varying tone, volume and pace appropriately (ACELY1789)
  • Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose (ACELY1671)

Foundation Health and Physical Development

  • Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPPS005)
  • Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006)

Year 1 – 2 Health and Physical Development

  • Practise strategies they can use when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or need help with a task, problem or situation (ACPPS017)
  • Identify and practise emotional responses that account for own and others’ feelings (ACPPS020)
  • Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)

Foundation – Year 2 Visual Arts

  • Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108)

Syllabus outcomes: ENe-10C, ENe-2A, EN1-9B, EN1-1A, EN1-2A, EN1-4A, INES1.3, IPES1.11, SLES1.13, PHES1.2, DMS1.2, PSS1.5, COS1.1, IRS1.11, VAS1.1, VAS1.2

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy

Relevant parts of Foundation English achievement standards: Students understand that their texts can reflect their own experiences. When writing, students use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas.

Relevant parts of Year 1 English achievement standards: Students create texts that show understanding of the connection between writing, speech and images. When writing, students provide details about ideas or events, and details about the participants in those events.

Relevant parts of Year 2 English achievement standards: 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

Relevant parts of Foundation Year Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students identify and describe the different emotions people experience. They identify actions that help them be healthy, safe and physically active. They demonstrate, with guidance, practices and protective behaviours to keep themselves safe and healthy in different activities.

Relevant parts of Year 1 – 2 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students identify how emotional responses impact on others’ feelings. 

Relevant parts of Foundation – Year 2 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students make artworks in different forms to express their ideas, observations and imagination.

Topic: Bluey.

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

Time required: 45 – 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Teacher facilitates students through the meditation thought exercise.

Resources required:

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


This lesson 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.


Teacher Worksheet

Bluey Bingo and Dad getting movie snacks photoframeTeacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand how to reflect on mindfulness practices
  • ... be able to develop strategies for being present and reducing anxiety.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... meditate with guidance
  • ... tune in to their surroundings and the sensory signals of their body
  • ... identify the structure of an episode of Bluey
  • ... write or draw storyboards for their own imaginative text.

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:

7 minutes - Part A: Watch Bluey
7 minutes - Part B: Discussion
30 minutes - Part C: Movement Play 
15 minutes - Part D: Get Crafty!

Part A: Watch Bluey 

Step 1. Share the Bluey episode Movies with your students.

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

Movies synopsis:It is Bluey’s first trip to the cinema, but she’s wo

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