Dottie and Buzz

Teacher's Notes - Saying Sorry (Programme 5)

Learning outcomes
  • Children will know that they can be forgiven for doing something wrong if they are sorry for what they have done.
  • Children will know that forgiving is what people do when they stop being cross about something someone has done.
  • Children will begin to understand that there are good and bad types of behaviour.

Key vocabulary

lonely forgiving sorry neighbour behaviour windfall

Some related topics

Seasons    Fruit    Babies (Contrast with old age)    Feelings

Preparation for the programme

Discuss feelings of loneliness. Who might feel lonely ? When? Why? Repeat activity thinking about people who feel cross or angry and those who feel forgiving.

Remind children of previous programmes where there has been thought about feelings and caring.

The programme will address Dottie and Buzz behaving in a way that they should not, the programme will also look at the effect of their behaviour on others.

Suggestions for discussion whilst watching

Encourage children to think about what they would do if they liked and wanted something that didn't belong to them.

Ask children to think about why Mr Whipple is different from Dottie and Buzz and what it is about him that lets us know that he is different.

Encourage children to discuss who they think might be in the photo that Mr Whipple looks at.

Follow up activities and discussion points

Using the Website resources

Using the scenes provided explore and discuss the actions of Buzz and the reactions of those around him.

Look together at each scenario. In groups take on different reactions from Buzz and how those around him respond to him. Then see if the reactions on the website are the same. Discuss any differences.

The 'Things that...' printable sheet is a drawing/writing activity that encourages children to think about sharing and ownership.

Language and Literacy

  • Draw Mr Whipple and describe him.
  • Make a card from Dottie and Buzz to show Mr. Whipple they are sorry.
  • Sequence instructions / pictures for making a cup of tea using a tea pot.
  • Write a story about doing something wrong and being forgiven.
  • Role play situations involving moral dilemmas. Explore how we react when we are caught and what consequences there are to our actions and reactions.


How does it feel to be lonely? Have the children ever felt lonely? What made them feel better?

How does it feel to be cross? Have the children ever felt cross? What made them feel cross? What made them feel better?

How does it feel to be forgiven? Have the children ever been forgiven? What were they forgiven for doing?
  • Role play situations with good and bad behaviour. What did Dottie and Buzz do that was wrong? (Peeking in at Mr. Whipple's window, taking the apples.) How could the bad behaviour be turned into something good?
  • Share ideas on what you should do if you have done something wrong.


What is there in Mr. Whipple's house that tells us that he is old? How is his house different from ours?

What is a windfall? Why do the windfall apples need to be picked up? Investigate what happens to apples that are left in different places over a period of time. Where is the best place to keep apples?

Make an apple pie and share it between the class or group. Dottie and Buzz made their apple pie as a way of saying thank you to Mr Whipple for forgiving them. What could your apple pie be a thank you to each other for?

Using the materials in a church context

Look at the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. It helps to illustrate the idea of choices and good and bad decisions.

We all make mistakes and bad decisions from time to time. What is important is that we listen to the lessons God teaches us and think about the way we know we should behave and act to make God happy. If we are truly sorry and try and make up for what we have done we will be forgiven, like Zacchaeus.

Printable notes and Activity Sheets >>

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

Saying sorry

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