PSHE KS2 / KS3: Fame and friendship

At school the class are set a task to make a film about their lives and experiences at an international school.

Superstar Mandy Minstrel arrives to show the class how it’s done, much to 13-year-old Gabriel's delight. Monica is excited by the news as it gives her the chance to do her dream job of being a TV presenter.

However, as the group prepare their film, it becomes clear that Monica is becoming a bit of a diva; she doesn't listen to the others and hogs the limelight whenever she can.

It’s only when Monica sees Mandy without her superstar clothes and make-up that she realises a life of fame is a lot harder than it seems.

Mandy explains that her job requires a lot of team-work and hard graft and maybe Monica would be better suited to doing something she really enjoys – music!

Realising her mistake, Monica rushes off to apologise to her friends.

Meanwhile the rest of the group are watching their film and it is a disaster.

Monica suggests that they use the footage to make a music video. With help from her friends, Monica saves the day.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used to generate discussion about friendships and how to manage them, specifically those which are sometimes challenging.

The storyline also lends itself towards debate about fame, 'overnight success' and the resulting pressures.

Ask the class: "In what ways do Lara and her friends work together for the school project? Why is it difficult to work with Monica? How would you feel if you were a public person? What do you think about fame? Would you like to be famous? What does Monica realise at the end of the clip? Have you ever upset a friend? Why? Has a friend ever upset you? Why did they upset you?"

Pupils could then write in their books what a friend might say about them.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.