A game to mix up a group and introduce philosophical questions.
I am a freelance educator, offering outdoor education such as D of E, gifted education such as philosophy seminars and now both together on philosophy camps. Particularly interested in getting P4C into secondary schools – into the Citizenship slot, through skills programmes and through addressing the big questions in other subjects. Current projects include a DVD of Thinkers’ Stories” and developing philosophical role-playing games.
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 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 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.