Child Prodigies

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Script to introduce the film

A child prodigy is a young person who develops a remarkable talent that is recognisable at an early age

Nine-month-old twins William and Ellenita from Gloucestershire, UK have been showing off their "unusual" swimming ability.

The twins swim at their local pool with their parents, Charley and Vic, and have been known to manage 25 metres - a full length - unaided.

Their teacher told the BBC that she had never seen anything like it.

Twins William and Ellenita Trykush at their local pool in Cirencester

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like to download a copy of this film.

What do you think of the twins' swimming abilities at such a young age?

Why do you think the twins' father thinks they will compete in the 2028 Olympic Games?

What is your special talent?

Is it more important to be talented or hardworking? Why?

If you could have any talent what would it be? Why?

Do you think you can be good at anything if you practice enough? If not, why not?

Is talent everything?

Would you like to be a child prodigy? If so, why?

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