By Rebecca Vukovic
October 19, 2016 – A new television series seeks to support the successful transition from home to school for Indigenous children and their families.
Little J & Big Cuz is an animated children’s series that follows two Aboriginal children who live with their nanna and lovable dog. The 13 episodes explore the unfamiliar world of school and how, with the help of their teacher Miss Chen, Little J and Big Cuz navigate typical school occurrences, like show-and-tell, lunchtime activities and school performances.
Research Developments (RD) reports the series was borne out of a partnership between the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Ned Lander Media, National Indigenous Television (NITV), Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
Little J & Big Cuz forms part of a wider School Readiness Initiative, where ACER is working with support from the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and Lotterywest to develop free support resources for teachers.
‘A team of experts convened to develop the resources, including Indigenous Education Consultants from both the early years and primary school sectors, and a former Senior Education Officer from ACARA,’ RD reports.
‘Tailored to work within pre-schools and primary schools, the free resources integrate with the series around episode themes and stories. Importantly, the resources will be mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Foundation – Year 2), and can be used by educators within and outside of the classroom.’
READ MORE:“School Transition Made Easier With The Help Of Little J And Big Cuz“. Teacher Magazine – ACER. N. p., 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.