Planning Day

Planning for research and development is exciting as there isn’t one definite direction or question. We have a chance to explore and play with ideas as the children might do in order to plan something to inspire them and ignite their curiosity about the Birbal stories.

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We were inspired by games, questions, music and a cheeky puppet.

Here are some thoughts and questions and an example of a game we played;

What kind of person is Birbal?

  • Witty, fool, prankster, commedia, briar rabbit, merlin
  • Sure of himsel
  • Has confidence in his ability to change things for the good
  • A father

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Does Birbal ever get frustrated with the relationship between him and Akbar?

  • He doesn’t have anything to lose
  • Everyone listens to him
  • Perhaps gets frustrated with the other courtiers

Why does Birbal stay with Akbar?

  • In some ways he is in control;
  • wit
  • intelligence
  • Akbar is illiterate so Birbal is needed

Is Akbar a good King?

  • He seeks council

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What does Birbal get out of it?

  • Money
  • Celebrity
  • Power
  • Control

WHAT WE KNOW

  • Based on real characters
  • Akbar:
  • Mogal/Mughal King (a member of the Muslim dynasty that ruled until 1857)
  • 14 years older than Birbal
  • Illiterate
  • Brotherly relationship with Birbal
  • No one else would challenge the king except Birbal

Birbal:

  • Hindu
  • Wise? (or just listened to?)
  • People go to him
  • Celebrity/well known
  • Prankster- helps people to see their error of their ways through humour
  • Jealous courtiers
  • Akbars favourite
  • Had a son, daughter and wife
  • From a poor background

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