Lockie Leonard for Teachers

Teachers' Notes

The Lockie Leonard for Teachers education resource aims to help upper Primary and lower Secondary students explore the television series Lockie Leonard, based on the original trilogy of books by Western Australian writer Tim Winton. Outlined below are the focus questions for the activities, as well as the key concepts to be developed in the classroom.

Focus question

How does the television series Lockie Leonard help older children and young teenagers explore the issues of transition and adolescence, particularly for males?

Contributing questions

Key concepts to be developed

Personal Development English and Media Studies
  • adolescence
  • asking for help
  • coping with challenges
  • growing up
  • identity and individuality
  • masculinity
  • peer pressure
  • positive thinking
  • relationships
  • transition
  • adaptation
  • appropriate and effective communication
  • genre
  • inter-textuality
  • screen acting
  • screen narrative
  • signs, codes and conventions
  • stereotypes

Relationship to the Australian Curriculum

The activities within this resource will assist students to develop a range of educational outcomes in the areas of English, Arts (Media), Health and Physical Education, particularly Personal Development and Values Education.

However, the main focus is on the learning area of English, in particular, this resource focuses on reading and viewing and is useful for enhancing knowledge about and control of language in the following areas:

Reading and Viewing

Year 7

Students have the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of texts and language to clarify meaning. They know that:

Year 9

Students have the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of texts and language to clarify meaning. They know:

Speaking and Listening

Year 7

Students have the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of texts and language to use:

Year 9

Students have the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of texts and language to use:

How to use this resource

The activities in this teacher resource package can be used flexibly to suit the educational focus of the teacher, as well as the needs and interests of students. In particular, teachers could choose individual activities or a sequence of related activities pertaining to:

It is not anticipated that students would complete all activities in this package. Instead, teachers will select those that best suit their educational objectives.

For convenience, the activities are organised into four, inter-related strands:

While work within one strand will enhance work completed in other strands, teachers may focus on an individual strand or choose standalone activities from within a strand. Within each strand, the activities are designed to focus on some individual episodes as well focusing on the relationships and links among episodes. All activities include short video clips from the series, so viewing of the entire series or full episodes is not required.

Finally, each activity contains a discussing and doing component.

Strand 5: Gender Perspectives: A Comparison of Lockie Leonard and Mortified

Also included within the resource is a fifth strand which uses the Lockie Leonard and Mortified television series to explore gender perspectives.

Important: Suitability of content in Lockie Leonard

The television series Lockie Leonard is rated PG. However, teachers should be aware that the series (in common with the original
Tim Winton novels) explores the life of a boy entering puberty and some episodes include references to sexual development issues.
These are handled honestly but sensitively and in a manner appropriate for the target age group. However, it is highly recommended
that teachers preview all episodes and clips to ensure their suitability for use in their own school and community context. If in doubt,
check with your principal or curriculum leader.

Downloads

Lockie Leonard for Teachers – Overview

An overview of all Strands.