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A readers' theatre script exploring the idea of a 'fair society' and using John Rawls 'Veil of Ignorance' as a central idea.
Monsters are a standard feature of literature from myth to children's fiction. This stimulus story raises the question of why monsters are important.
Link to an accessible but thought-provoking article on questions around 'bad morality', conscience and empathy. It's not suitable for classroom use, but it's a good example of philosophical skills at work.
A story about how a new dam threatens the way of life, and livelihoods, of villagers downstream. Includes ideas for enquiries.
A open-ended dialogue about sharing and fairness. A group of teenagers are planning a hiking trip. How should they share the load?
A story about a cynical dragon, unimpressed by the do-gooding antics of the knight in shining armour about to slay it.
An activity to explore the question: 'What do you need to be happy?' There are some picture cards for young children to use but you could do the activity with any age group.
A man searches for and finds a way to live forever but is chased by death. Story and ideas for a discussion about morality and fate with KS2 children.
A girl's father uses an invention to find a replacement for an old friend - with exactly the same personality. Story and suggestions for exploring the nature of friendship.
A teenager dreams he is discussing his future with versions of himself from the past and the future. Story and ideas for a discussion of personal decision-making.
An activity to consider a set of opinions in relations to concepts such as truth, belief, reason, and so on.
An original story about being good, doing good and being good at something. Lesson ideas are included.
A story about ghostly time-travelling relatives judging the ethical standards of different times. This could lead to a discussion about right and wrong, whether ethical standards change and how we should judge people in the past. A PDF file is attached.