As teachers, it can be difficult to admit that children learn just as much in the playground as they do in the classroom. A game of soccer out on the field or a candid chat about what’s happening at home can be just as crucial to a child’s developmental well-being as time spent honing their academic abilities.
As constructivist paradigms such as project-based learning and student-centred pedagogy rise in popularity, it may be time for us to acknowledge that the “social” is equally as important to embed into our lessons as quality content and curricular relevance.
In fact, to see these two parts of a child’s day as mutually exclusive may not be the most effective approach to our role in facilitating learning for the 21st century. As constructivist paradigms such as project-based learning and student-centred pedagogy rise in popularity, it may be time for us to acknowledge that the “social” is equally as important to embed into our lessons as quality content and curricular relevance.
One-step removed methods of exploring the “social” are a tried and tested method in personal development programs. We are, for example, generally familiar with the presentation of different scenarios and characters to promote the awareness of child protection strategies among our students. It can be difficult for students to empathise with such stories, however, when they are read without context or any consideration for our students’ respective personalities and interests.
Little Lunch is a mockumentary comedy series that makes light of the trials and tribulations of childhood with characters that will make your students (and, I’ll admit, myself) laugh out loud. Battie, Rory, Tamara, Melanie, Atticus and Debra-Jo bring to life the inherent sweetness, awkwardness, courageousness, and ambitiousness that we so often see in our students. These highly relatable, if a bit precocious, characters encounter obstacles in each episode of this series, which they overcome through the use of teamwork and a sense of humour.
Its characters enable teachers to present positive social behaviours without condescension or proselytisation. And hey, it’s funny too!
Little Lunch is rich in curriculum content, and can be attached to outcomes in Civics and Citizenship, Drama, Health and Physical Education, and English. Its characters enable teachers to present positive social behaviours without condescension or proselytisation. And hey, it’s funny too!
The series is also accompanied by the Little Lunch App, which allows students to create and share their own on-screen stories. The app prompts students to identify a main character, put together an ensemble cast, and structure an exciting narrative by filming five key scenes. Once your students have compiled all they need, the app stitches it together, so that they can watch and distribute their very own Little Lunch episode!
Little Lunch is produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, along with many of ClickView’s most loved programs. The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has been held in high-esteem among educators in the three decades it has produced quality educational content for Australian students. Like Little Lunch, The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has also supported the production of such well-known series as My Place, Bushwhacked! and MY:24 – all of which you can are available on ClickView!
- Why do you think Battie felt uncomfortable about telling Mrs Gonsha that his grandfather could not attend Grandfather’s Day?
- Do you think it is important to let your teacher or your friends know if something is upsetting you? If so, why?