Peter Pan

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By Brenda Williams

Explore lots of reading and writing activities to help engage children with the magical tale of the boy who never grew up.

Peter Pan and Wendy

First explore children’s prior knowledge of this story. Some may have seen a film adaptation, others may have read retellings. Consider any similarities or differences.

Explain that the original story was first published over one hundred years ago in 1911 and was intended for children of a less technological era. However, it has maintained its ability to impress and intrigue many generations of children, and the concept of never growing up is still sometimes applied to people who remain young at heart and may continue to seek for excitement and adventure, well after reaching adulthood.

It is believed that Barrie created the Peter Pan character based on his older brother, who died in an ice-skating accident at the age of thirteen. Barrie and his mother always spoke of him as ‘the boy who would never grow up’.

Read the summary on the Activity sheet ‘Peter Pan story sheet’. Consider and evaluate the different viewpoints of children about the story, building on the ideas and contributions of each one.

Peter Pan story sheet

Creating a summary

Explain the main difference between reading a story in full and reading a summary. For example, a summary:
  • is a more factual account of the story, usually presented in chronological order
  • picks out the most important points
  • usually omits descriptive passages
  • may include main characters, but not others
  • outlines the basic plot
  • may tell the conclusion, or may prefer the reader to find out by reading the story.
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