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notes for teachers 1-2 preparing for the film 3 viewing the film 4-5 after viewing

6-9 themes 10-11 time to go 12 poetry workshop KS2 worksheets

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session 6: “you’re different” part 1



Input: Remind the children of the activity that they did before seeing the film, looking at how they thought the different people in their lives think about them.

Tell them that they are going to repeat the exercise as though they are Brenda.

Show the film to generate discussion.

Activity: Children work in pairs to complete the activity.

Ideas for plenary:

Read the poem with the children / listen to it online or in the final credits of the film. Discuss and come to an understanding of the final verse:

There were flowers on the window sill at school
And my school days felt
Like I’d always been picking the wrong flowers.

To hear the poem online click here.

session 7 “you’re different” part 2




Look at the close up of Brenda. Ask the children to describe how she is feeling. Can they remember the part of the film where this incident takes place? Compare this image with the Picasso image. How is sadness represented in each?

Talk about the different approaches of the artist, Picasso, and the filmmaker Nicola Williams.

Look again at the part of the film where Brenda is bullied in the playground.

Movie clip of Brenda being bullied
From bullying to fantasy world.

Choose small movie clip. or large movie clip.

Stop at the point at which she runs away. Discuss what has happened. Explain to the children that you are going to hot seat all the different characters involved.

Activity: In “hot seating”, children representing each character are asked to explain what their thoughts are during this part of the film. The children should work in small groups and take on rôles as

Discuss how each one of these characters feels and how each one behaves.

Ask the children to think about how the situation might have worked out differently. Ask them to describe how they might behave differently in order for the situation to have a different ending, resolving differences through looking at the alternatives.

Rôle play: Re-enact the scene so that there is a different and more positive ending for all the characters

Ideas for plenary:

Return to class motto and reinforce the idea that we are all special and unique.

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