Bear and Chook by the Sea

Primary KLAs:
Creative and Practical Arts, Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Educational levels:
Early years, Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


Two women reading a picture book in a library

This learning object is designed around a series of videos with Lisa Shanahan, author, and Emma Quay, illustrator, including a reading experience of their collaborative work, Bear and Chook by the Sea. Taken as a whole, this sequence of lessons is a Stage 1 unit of work that results in students working in pairs to produce a short play for performance.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(EN1-6B) recognises a range of purposes and audiences for spoken language and recognises organisational patterns and features of predictable spoken texts

(EN1-8B) recognises that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter 

(EN1-10C) thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts

(EN1-11D) responds to and composes a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences

(EN1-2A) plans, composes and reviews a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers and viewers

(MA1-16MG) represents and describes the positions of objects in everyday situations and on maps

(MA1-1WM) describes mathematical situations and methods using everyday and some mathematical language, actions, materials, diagrams and symbols

(EN1-5A) uses a variety of strategies, including knowledge of sight words and letter-sound correspondences, to spell familiar words

(EN1-12E) identifies and discusses aspects of their own and others' learning

(EN1-7B) identifies how language use in their own writing differs according to their purpose, audience and subject matter

(MA1-3WM) supports conclusions by explaining or demonstrating how answers were obtained

(MA1-17SP ) gathers and organises data, displays data in lists, tables and picture graphs, and interprets the results

(ST1-4WS) investigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACELA1444) Understand that language is used in combination with other means of communication, for example facial expressions and gestures to interact with others

(ACELA1452) Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverb

(ACELA1787) Explore different ways of expressing emotions, including verbal, visual, body language and facial expressions

(ACELA1447) Understand that the purposes texts serve shape their structure in predictable ways

(ACELA1778) Know that regular one-syllable words are made up of letters and common letter clusters that correspond to the sounds heard, and how to use visual memory to write high-frequency words

(ACELT1582) Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students' own experiences

(ACELT1583) Express preferences for specific texts and authors and listen to the opinions of others

(ACELT1584) Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different texts

(ACELT1585) Listen to, recite and perform poems, chants, rhymes and songs, imitating and inventing sound patterns including alliteration and rhyme

(ACELY1656) Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions

(ACELY1661) Create short imaginative and informative texts that show emerging use of appropriate text structure, sentence-level grammar, word choice, spelling, punctuation and appropriate multimodal elements, for

(ACMSP263) Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value. Describe the displays

(ACMSP262) Choose simple questions and gather responses

(ACTDIK001) Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose

(ACTDIP004) Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems

(ACTDIP006) Create and organise ideas and information using information systems independently and with others, and share these with known people in safe online environments

(ACELT1586) Recreate texts imaginatively using drawing, writing, performance and digital forms of communication

(ACADRM027) Explore role and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama

(ACADRM028) Use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish role and situation

(ACADRM029) Present drama that communicates ideas, including stories from their community, to an audience

(ACAVAM106) Explore ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual artworks and design, including considering ideas in artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

(ACAVAM108) Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience

(ACPPS019) Describe ways to include others to make them feel they belong

(ACPPS020) Identify and practise emotional responses that account for own and others’ feelings

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Writers, Writing skills, Personal responses, Illustrators, Characters (Narratives), Friendship, Drama (Arts), Children's literature, Picture books, Playbuilding
Abstraction, Communication activity, Data manipulation and interpretation, Games, Listening activity, Roleplay
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 5 June 2017

Resource ID: 611e6fb8-d718-41bf-9977-9376048e9d65