When we’re that age, we see the world very differently, which can make for some entertaining conversations as one London teacher found out.
Taking to social media, George Pointon described how he had set his class of six-year olds an engaging creative task.
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He said: “I asked my year 1 classes ‘If you could time travel, where would you go?”.
Naturally this question prompted a range of responses from the bizarre to the heart-breaking and the teacher analysed them all.
Things got off to an amusing start when one of George’s pupils said they’d travel to “after school” and descended from there.
Another said simply: “Back in time REALLY far.”
This tickled George, who replied: “Wow, how far back?”. He thought hard. Harder than he’d ever thought before. “1999”.
“Right so, just over 20 years ago. I asked Jack what would he do. He replied ‘Nothing. Go swimming.’ I hate to say it but, time travel is wasted on the young.”
The next two answers from George’s brood are as sweet as sugar.
One said: “‘Meet my mum as a baby”, which is arguably the most lovely thing any child could imagine.
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The next said they’d “bring medicine back to old times” which as George notes is remarkably “selfless and kind.”
Finally in one heart-breaking moment, one pupil said they’d travel to see their “grandpa again.”
Naturally this response knocked George for six.
He said: “I’m not crying. It’s my hay fever. I have to say, my heart melted.
“I didn’t want to pry too much. He said they played marbles together. I’m sure he was a warm and wonderful man. I’d give anything for that.
“Time really is the most precious commodity.”
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