Grace Beside Me (2017) is a thirteen-part children's television series that tells the story of thirteen-year-old Fuzzy Mac. Fuzzy's life is turned upside down when she discovers she can communicate with spirits. It's hard enough navigating the highs and lows of becoming a teenager while living with your eccentric Nan and Pop but throw in a host of ancestor spirits, and you have a recipe for a whole lot of trouble!
Grace Beside Me is recommended viewing for students in Years 4–8. The television series is relevant to units of work in the learning areas of English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Media Arts. The Grace Beside Me study guide offers curriculum specific to the teaching of episodes 1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10.
In addition, Grace Beside Me engages students in discussions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and allows students to examine the influences of family, kinship, community, country, culture, spirituality and mainstream Australian society. The Australian Curriculum acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures as a cross-curriculum priority in all learning areas.
Grace Beside Me is recommended viewing for students in Years 4–8. The television series is relevant to units of work in the learning areas of English, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Media Arts. The Grace Beside Me study guide offers curriculum specific to the teaching of Episodes 1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10.
The Australian Curriculum: English is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together the strands focus on developing students' knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. In English, students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They read and view, and also interpret and evaluate these texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic. As a classroom resource, Grace Beside Me allows students to respond to, examine and create texts.
The Australian Curriculum for the Humanities and Social Sciences which includes the knowledge and understandings of Civics and Citizenship, Geography and History provides students with an insight into the world they live in from a range of perspectives, past and present, and encourages them to develop an appreciation and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity. The learning area provides students with the skills, behaviours and capabilities that will equip them to face challenges in their lifetime and to contribute to the wellbeing and sustainability of the environment, the economy and society. Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students are given opportunities to develop their ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.