Pip is the story of a small dog with a big dream—to become a Southeastern Guide Dog. Does she have what it takes?
Watch this video with your children and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Make a list of the human behaviours that Pip shows. What effect does this have?
- Listen to audio description version and then write your own. What do you need to include to make the story come alive?
- Write a character description of Pip, or the trainer.
- What does Pip’s behaviour tell you about her? Make a table showing the things that she does in one column and what that tells you about her personality in the other.
- Stop the film at 0:54. How is Pip feeling? How do you know? Compare to 2:24. Write a description of Pip’s body language at both points.
- Make a storyboard of the video.
- Write the story from the point of view of the trainer.
- Stop the film at 0:13. The construction equipment in the background will become very important later on. This technique is known as foreshadowing. Look at a range of fiction books and collect other examples of this technique.
- Write up Pip’s experience as a newspaper report to be put on the entrance hall wall.
- Discuss how the newspaper stories on the wall (for example at 0:33) are used to tell the story. Why have they been included? What do they add?
- Write a report about the work of guide dogs. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association have some good resources to support this.
- Make an obstacle course game in Scratch or a similar program.
- Research and make a presentation about the work of guide dogs and other assistance animals.
- Design a safety outfit for the trainer to protect her when falling over!
- Design and make a simple food dispensing machine.
- Listen to how the changes in the music reflect Pip’s feelings. Describe how the composer does this.
- Chose a short section of the film and write a new soundtrack for it.
- Find out about the history of guide dogs.This webpage is a good starting point for older children.
- Set out a simple obstacle course for the children to navigate in pairs, with one of them blindfolded.
- This film has been made as part of a fundraising effort for a charity. Discuss ways in which your school or setting support charities.
- Pip has to overcome difficulties to achieve her goal of being a guide dog. What is your goal?
- Ace is Pip’s inspiration. Who inspires you and why?
- Use the ROSPA materials to teach about building site safety.