Ask children for examples of pressures they feel to act or look a certain way.
You might like to share a light personal story here, or use a sporting example, e.g. a penalty taker in a football world cup final.
Click to play “Paradise Street”, Episode 5.
Leyla’s Mum has posted a photo of her on Facebook calling her “My Baby” which results in her getting teased at school. As a result, she decides to look ‘grown up’ by wearing make-up. At the same time, Finn tries to mimic his Dad by lifting weights and he feels foolish when it goes wrong.
See the Module Overview for further guidance on this section.
Use the Lucky Dip Questions in Appendix 1 to generate discussion.
Alternatively, here are some questions you can use to facilitate a conversation with pupils about the drama:
• Who did Leyla think the photo she and her Mum took was for? Where did it get shared?
• Is it OK for parents to share photos or stories about their child online without their permission?
• Did Leyla’s Mum mean to upset Leyla by calling her ‘my baby’?
• What is Finn insecure about? How does Marcus make this worse?
• How do Finn and Leyla react when they find out that school photos will be taking place the next day?
• How does Finn hurt his shoulder? Do you think he was sensible in doing what he did? Why/why not?
• What reaction did Leyla’s friends and class have to her new appearance? Was Leyla sensible in doing what she did? Why/why not?
• What does Leyla learn from Siobhan?
• Why do you think Leyla decided to take the makeup off in the end?
Click to play “Delving Deeper into Episode 5”
“Delving Deeper” is a presenter-led film which highlights some of the key ideas presented in the film, gives some teaching and provides a Christian context by linking to the Kester storyline.
This teaching includes:
• It’s not unusual to feel pressured to look and act a certain way, but practicing thankfulness can help us build resilience and resist pressure.
• Images in the media do not always reflect reality and can affect how people feel about themselves.
• Weightlifting is not an appropriate activity for children.
• ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts.’
• God loves it when His children talk to Him, and telling God about the pressures we face can help us choose a path of thankfulness and resistance.
Children should complete the Thankfulness activity in their Paradise Street Workbooks.
Today’s activity gives pupils the space to articulate the pressures that may feel personally, and the opportunity to consider what they are thankful for.
It is advisable for children to complete these workbook activities independently. You might like to play music in the background to encourage focus, before bringing the class back together to conclude.
Invite children to close eyes and listen to the following reflection read by teacher:
O eternal Trinity, my sweet love!
You, light, give us light.
You, wisdom, give us wisdom.
You, supreme strength, strengthen us.
Today, eternal God,
let our clouds of worry and pressure be dissolved
so that we may perfectly know and follow your Truth in truth,
with a free and simple heart.
God, come to our assistance!
Lord, make haste to help us!
Excerpt from A prayer of St Catherine of Siena (edited for sense for younger audience)
Sit in silence for a moment and know that God will give you the strength you need to be strong and look after yourself.
Play: “My Dedication”