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CLIP 13617

The big wheel - the impact of family breakdown on a young girl

The big wheel - the impact of family breakdown on a young girl

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Key Info
  • The big wheel - the impact of family breakdown on a young girl
  • Duration: 14:28
  • Drama exploring a girl's feelings about the breakdown of her family. We see a girl and her mother going to the Christmas market. The girl is upset her father isn’t coming to their house the next day. She then bumps into a school friend. They end up talking about the big wheel. The boy's parents wonder where he is and he goes to find them but the girl wants him to play and chases him. We see the girl's Mum looking for her. We see the boy hugging his Mum and Dad. The girl looks sadly on. She remembers back to being on the big wheel with her dad. We end with the girl looking lost. She then tries to search for her mother through the city and ends up at the big wheel. She charges her broken mobile phone and calls her Mum. They are reunited. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series Life Stories.
  • Subject:



    Relationships: Family

  • Keywords: Literacy, breakdown, family unit, difference, sadness, sad, lonely, confused, hurt, worry, lost, finding, search, LifeStories.
Ideas for use in class
  • Teachers may wish to use it to open discussion about family breakdowns and feeling associated with this. In addition, this film provides a stimulus for writing as it poses many questions to the viewer. Questions are also posed by this film about loss which would form a useful start point for circle time activities.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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