This course could be used to:
- Educate a whole class or school about autism
- Help an autistic child to better understand themselves
- Help neurotypical children to better understand those with autism
- Animation: As a class, watch an animated short film (11 minutes) that shows a day at primary school for the autistic character, The Girl With The Curly Hair.
- Presentation: Listen to a presentation that discusses each learning point highlighted in the animation.
- PDF of Presentation: If you prefer, you can use the presentation notes instead. This might be useful if you wish to talk through the written notes with the class.
- Workbook: Each child has use of the workbook which they can fill in as they go through the course.
- Quizzes: As a class, answer fun visual questions about the film.
- Certificate of completion: Download and print a certificate to say that the class has completed the course.
This course was written and created by autistic author and founder of The Curly Hair Project, Alis Rowe.
Introduction to the course.
This course is either going to be run by the child themselves or the teacher leading a whole class.
Download a Word document and give this to each child participating in the course.
They complete this as they work through the course.
Download a Word document that gives details of the quizzes and, where necessary give this to each child participating in the course.
Full Film: A Day at Primary School for The Girl With The Curly Hair
Watch the full film first. The film gives the background for the rest of the course.
Scene 1a: Getting Ready for School, Part 1
The Girl With The Curly Hair doesn’t like wearing her school uniform because it feels “scratchy.”
Scene 1b: Getting Ready for School, Part 2
The Girl With The Curly Hair’s box of cereal is empty.
Scene 2: Walking to School
The other children are chatting happily about TV programmes and music. The Girl With The Curly Hair is worried about being late for school.
Scene 3a: Lessons, Part 1
The Girl With The Curly Hair has trouble working out what the supply teacher is trying to say.
Scene 3b: Lessons, Part 2
The fire alarm goes off and the class has to go outside into the playground.
Scene 4: Break
The Girl With The Curly Hair doesn’t know how to join in with her classmates’ skipping game.
Scene 5: More Lessons
The Girl With The Curly Hair is confused when the art teacher asks the class to, “Draw anything from your imagination.”
Scene 6: Lunchtime
The Girl With The Curly Hair is worried that there won’t be a jacket potato with cheese available for lunch.
Scene 7: Even More Lessons
The class is going to learn the names of the planets. However, The Girl With The Curly Hair knows the names of the planets already.
Scene 8a: Going Home, Part 1
The Girl With The Curly Hair worries that her Mum won’t be waiting for her in exactly the ‘right’ place in the playground.
Scene 8b: Going Home, Part 2
The Girl With The Curly Hair feels exhausted. She can’t understand why her sister still has so much energy and wants to see her friends.
End of course and certificate for the whole class or the child.