PSHE KS2 / KS3: Too cool for school

The friends are on their way to school but Gabriel (13) walks past the others and joins his new, older, friend Teo at the back of the bus.

Gabriel's been spending a lot of time with Teo of late, mimicking Teo's style, and he even got Teo to do him a fake tattoo.

Tony (13) feels hurt; Gabriel isn't spending time with him or including him in his plans.

The girls are sympathetic but when the Cool Girls get on the bus Monica (11) is immediately distracted; the Cool Girls are disparaging, laughing at Monica's hairstyle.

Monica slumps in her seat and starts re-doing her hair.

She goes through a series of ever more outlandish hairstyles in her efforts to impress the Cool Girls.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to begin a discussion about peer pressure, and the negative relationships.

Students could compare the experiences of the characters with their own experiences.

Pupils could interact with the quiz during the clip, answering the questions on whiteboards throughout, allowing active participation and discussion.

Pupils could use the clip to hot-seat the characters and explore emotions felt by each person as well as role-playing and freeze-framing emotions and actions for thought-provoking discussions.

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.