The Year Long Story Curriculum… Peter Pan
To begin our enquiry we looked at 2 toys from Wendy, John and Michael’s toy box. The group of 18 nursery children were divided into two groups each working with an adult.
One group were asked to pass round and talk about the teddy. The other group were encouraged to do the same with the robot. Each group had a large piece of paper and the adult supported the groups in recording their ideas and questions. We then came back to the enquiry circle to discuss our dialogues.
· Child -This is our map of a robot- We need batteries
Facilitator-What is the difference between a robot and teddy?
· Robots doesn’t have fur
· They are not animals
F- Are teddy bears animals?
· No they don’t make a sound
F-Do animals have to make sounds?
· Teddies do make sounds. They go gggrrr
· Teddies are animals
· They are bears
· But not real bears
F- I wonder who has a teddy bear that is real?
(7/18 stand up to agree)
· Not mine he just sleeps
· Mine just stays in bed
· It’s like our Question board today (dragon/teddy) one had fur one didn’t
· This teddy has switches, our teddy has blue eyes, the robot has red eyes
· Our teddy can’t see, he hasn’t got pupils
F-Can a robot see better?
· No bears see better, they have bigger eyes
F-What’s different about the mouths?
· One is smiling, one is straight
F-So this group drew a nose and said it was for breathing. Does the robot breathe if he has a nose?
· No he is just a toy
F-Can the teddy breathe then?
F-So is the teddy alive?
F-Is the robot alive ?
F-This group said that the Robot speaks. Does teddy speak?
F-So where does the robot’s voice come from?
F-So if his voice comes from a switch or button, does he choose what to say?
F-That is a tricky one isn’t it? What about if we think about where our words come from then?
· My words come from my neck
· Mine from my teeth
· My eyes
F-How do your eyes make your mouth work?
· They see things and show them to my mouth I think
· Words come from our ears we talk about things that we listen to
F- But Kevin can’t hear, can he talk?
· He’s getting there
· He is learning with his hands and eyes.
F-I wonder if you had no eyes, could you talk about things you can’t see?
(Millie covers eyes and talks about teddy)
· He’s got fur and eyes
· Yes we can
(Several children try and agree)
· When I am asleep I can still talk
· That’s called dreams
F-Let’s keep thinking. Where do words come from?
· My throat, they just keep coming
· I got new words from my holiday
· Big ones- they were Spanish words
· Millie- But I don’t know how does a robot talk if he is only a toy?
F-That’s a good place to stop Millie what should we try and find out more about?
· If robots have batteries?
· If my teddy bear is alive?