Year 4 were out for playtime. Out of the corner of his eye, Freddie noticed a tiny silver flash of something sticking out of the ground by the bushes. That afternoon during History, he wondered what it could be. His teacher had shown him lots of treasures that other people called archaeologists had found in the ground and he couldn’t wait to get back outside to get a closer look. The next day, Freddie gathered his friends around the mystery artefact. “what if it is treasure?” said Freddie.
“What if it’s the end of a silvery sword?” asked Billy, “the kind you fight tyrants and monsters and dragons with.”
“I’m not sure.” Explained Sarah “What if it’s the top of an alien spaceship left over from an invasion?
She gave the silver item a little press with her finger and listened to it give a slight crackle back.
Milton had been standing nearby trying to remember where he’d seen something similar before. Suddenly he had a thought. “What if it’s a star that’s fallen out of the sky?”
“Or the top of a huge diamond?” added Millie as she skipped speedily past.
All day, the children wondered what this mysterious item was. They tried to think of possible reasons for it being there. They decided it would be best if they went home and tried to find information about silver things that crackle and stick out of the ground.
The next day there was a visitor in school. It was Be Curious Chloe. She was an expert in finding things out because she always knew the right questions to ask. She was interested in everything and was always trying to work out how things fit together including clues. She liked to look for patterns and connections. She listened carefully to all the ideas and decided to take a look for herself. As she stood and looked, and listened and poked and prodded, her curiosity took over. She knew what it was.
Elegantly crouching near the silver object, she took hold of a corner and pulled.
“Is it a sword or an alien spaceship, silver treasure or a fallen star or a huge diamond?” Everyone was desperate for their idea to be the right one.
“No,” giggled Be Curious Chloe, “it’s just an empty crisp packet.”
All the children laughed together. When they went home they lay in their beds and all wondered… what if…?