Stimulus Large drawing of a monster
Stimulus details Draw a monster with a closed mouth (no teeth) three arms, four legs and a tail. Ensure that it looks neither friendly nor frightening.
Year group Nursery/reception
Skill focus Sharing ideas. Listening as part of a group. Making a decision. Revisiting a question after dialogue.
Thinking focus Should we judge from appearance only?
Presentation Explain to the children that you have a difficult decision to make. You met a monster on the way home last night and he asked if he could come to School tomorrow?
Making a decision Ask children to vote on their answer to this question using double sided voting cards or with a stand up or sit down vote.
Conversation and Thinking time Ask those children who voted yes to form a group and the children who voted no to form another group. Allow the children a few minutes to share their reasons within the groups.
First words 

 

Bring the groups back to the circle. Ask the children with the majority vote to share their reasons. Encourage the children from both groups to give their reasons. 

What would be the good things and the bad things about having a monster at school?

Building 

 

Introduce further facts about the monster to see if it changes thinking eg what if this monster smelt really bad? What if the monster was so small he could fit into a pocket? What if this monster was really clever?
Last words 

 

Review main ideas put forward and then revisit the original question. Ask the children to show their answers using voting cards. (Double sided cards with agree/ disagree symbols) or by standing up to agree and remain seated to disagree. 

Have any children changed their answers. If so ask them if they can say why.

Questions for Facilitator to reflect on 

 

Were children able to make a decision and vote on the first and final question? 

Could they recognise when their thinking changed in response to different scenarios?

Did all children get a chance to speak both in the smaller groups and the larger community?

Were you able to introduce scenarios that might enable children to see from a different perspective?

 

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