Raa Raa's Favourite ThingsRaa Raa's Favourite Things (2011) - Raa Raa The Noisy Lion Cartoon Episode Guide by Dave Koch
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- Mackinnon & Saunders, CBeebies, Chapman Entertainment
- Animated Characters: Raa Raa, Huffty, Zebby, Topsy, Crocky, Ooo Ooo.
- First Aired in 2011.
- Running Time: 10 minutes.
- Season: 1
- United Kingdom
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Join Raa Raa and his friends as they go on a journey through the Jingly Jangly Jungle learning and developing their communication skills through the use of Raa Raa's 4Rs:
Developed with speech and language therapists, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion engages with pre-school aged children who, just like Raa Raa, are beginning to master their language and communication skills.
Caroline Hall and Ruth Crowe are HPC Registered Speech and Language Therapists. Between them, they have 35 years of experience in their field. Their current areas of professional practice include working with children with significant special educational needs and promoting the importance of young children's communication development in the general population. They have acted as Early Language Consultants on Raa Raa, with their input mainly at script level. They worked closely with the writing team to incorporate specific features of storytelling, characterization and dialogue that best support children's language learning.
Every episode opens as we zoom into the Jingly Jangly Jungle as narrator Lorraine Kelly talks about what's happening there that day. All the stories are strong, simple and linear with lots of wordplay. The stories are easy to follow and easy to retell. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition play an important role in all episodes linking vocabulary to real-life experiences and actions.
The stories always feature explicit pro-social messages: cooperation, joint problem-solving and appropriate behavior, but above all, there's lots of jingly jangly jungle fun.
Raa Raa was created by Curtis Jobling, who had previously collaborated with Mackinnon & Saunders on "Curious Cow" and "Frankenstein's Cat." He came up with the idea whilst playing a game of "Old MacDonald's Farm" with his children. When they ran out of farm animals they suggested a lion. The inevitable question of "What noise does a lion make?" prompted the response "Raa Raa," and that's where the idea came from.
MacKinnon and Saunders took this central concept and developed it around research carried out by the ICAN Make Chatter Matter campaign, which revealed that approximately 50% of children entering school in the United Kingdom have inadequate speech, language and communication skills.
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