PSHE KS2 / KS3: Ask Lara
Animated drama series for 9-13 year-olds following the journey of Lara and her friends as they try to negotiate the physical and emotional changes of puberty such as acne, first dates, periods, friendships and wet dreams.
These short films are from the BBC series, Ask Lara.
Suitable for teaching KS2 and KS3 pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level pupils in Scotland.
Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with your pupils.
Stereotypes and prejudice
Monica has fallen head over heels for the canteen waiter, Martin. The gang spot Martin with his friend Gilberto - who he kisses. Gabriel, Tony, and Lara can't believe that he is gay.
Are we more than just friends?
Akira introduces Lara and Monica to her friend Jacquie. Jacquie tells Lara that she is gay.
A spot of bother
Deon asks Lara to go on a cycling date, but she's embarrassed to go because she has a big spot.
Oh no! BO!
Gabriel has BO. Everywhere he goes a green BO monster follows him and it's making his life miserable.
When running in the school relay race, Lara, aged 12, experiences sore breasts for the first time. Luckily, Akira figures out that Lara is due a trip to the underwear store to buy her first bra.
Monica, aged 12, is dismayed when her mum texts a photo saying that and she 'hasn't changed a bit'. She decides to show her friends just how grown up she can be.
Gabriel, aged 13, dreams about the girls from the group and his teacher, and wakes up in a panic to discover that he's had a wet dream.
Embarrassed about body hair
Lara turns up ready to go hiking, but she’s covered up head to foot. Lara eventually takes her long sleeved top off to reveal to Monica and Akira that she’s got hair in her armpits and on her legs.
Being a supportive friend
At swimming practice, Monica is excited to be the replacement for Gabriel, who hasn’t made it on time, but just as Monica is about to swim Gabriel turns up and Monica is relegated to the bench.
Lara is homesick and her friends don’t seem to be able to cheer her up. She works up the courage to see the school counsellor, and also finds that talking to her friend helps her to feel better.
Tony comes across a mummy themed ‘shoot-em-up’ game on the internet and becomes hooked.
Gabriel's ups and downs
Gabriel has started getting erections, usually when he least expects it, and with the costume being so tight, he wants to find a way to stop them.
Monica doesn't seem to understand boundaries and when pushed to the limit by Akira’s moody response, Monica even goes as far as reading her diary.
Fame and friendship
Mandy, a TV presenter, explains that her job requires a lot of team-work and hard graft and that maybe Monica would be better suited to doing something she really enjoys – such as music.
Friends and rivals
Lara feels very put out when she has to give up her room and share with the baby whilst her host mum's nephew, Enrique, is visiting.
Dealing with your parents divorce
Monica. aged 11, learns that her Mum and Dad are getting a divorce. Angry and upset, she starts to snap at her friends and behave badly in class.