Dottie and Buzz

Teacher's Notes - Wide World (Programme 4)

Learning outcomes
  • Children will know that where they live is part of a wider world.
  • Children will begin to develop an understanding of differences around the world between countries and people.
  • Children will explore water, movement of water and floating and sinking.

Key vocabulary

world country globe sea land float sink patterns

Some related topics

Water    Patterns    The World    Transport    Feelings

Preparation for the programme

Look at a globe. Do children know what it is and what the different colours and parts of it represent? Focus on land and sea. Have children visited any foreign countries? Can the countries be located on the globe?

Are all countries the same? Do children know anything about other countries that is different to our own?

The programme will focus on a visit to the seaside. Dottie and Buzz will go to the fair and there will be some thought about feeling scared and brave. Dottie and Buzz will partake in some exploratory water play.

Suggestions for discussion whilst watching

Encourage children to think of their own water play and try and spot some differences with the water play in the programme.

Encourage children to look for patterns particularly while Dottie and Buzz are at the fair. Remind children of looking at the different countries around the world, there is something in the programme today that travels. The children could tell you what travels and share their ideas about where it went to and why they thought that.

Follow up activities and discussion points

Using the Website resources

Use postcards following a school holiday. Where have the children gone and what have they done?

Where did the coconut go? Ask the children to imagine they find the coconut in one of the places with a postcard provided. (Where are you? What's it like? Can you reach the coconut? What's in it? How do you feel? etc..) Write a postcard to Dottie and Buzz and tell them about it.

The printable sheet is a drawing/writing activity about different kinds of weather.

Language and Literacy

Create an underwater world with plants and sea creatures. Encourage the children to label their display, write stories about their visit to the land under the sea and participate in role play.

Make and use simple puppets like the ones at the beach. The children can use the puppets to share with others things that they like to do.


Discuss feelings of bravery triumphing over fear. Are there things that children are scared of now, but think they may not be one day?

Remind children of thoughts on creation. Who made the sea? Are there people all around the world? In what ways are they the same and different?


Look at patterns in the decorations at the fair. Use a picture of a fairground for children to colour using patterns with set numbers of colours.

Exploratory water play might include:
  • Making waves in the water, how many different ways can you make the water move?
  • What floats and what sinks when put on the water?
  • What can you put in a coconut shell boat without it sinking?
  • Can you make things that float on the water move by creating a wind?
  • Explore children's knowledge of other countries, supplement what they know through the use of books, photographs and the internet. What similarities and differences can they find in their research?

Using the materials in a church context

Link the ideas in the programme to those from the story of Jesus and his disciples from Matthew 8, Mark 4 and Luke 8. Encourage reflection on the feelings of being in the boat in the middle of a storm.

Think about who stopped them being afraid.

Trusting in what God has told us and knowing that he is always with us can help us overcome our fears too.

It often helps us to talk to people about things that worry us. Who can we talk to about our fears?

Remember God is always ready to listen to us when we want to talk to him.

Printable notes and Activity Sheets >>

(There is also a list of all the printed support materials for using Dottie and Buzz in church.)


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