A resource to prompt the discussion of happiness.
Starting materials and lesson plans
This section is a library of starting materials, recommended resources, original stories, lesson plans, and a host of other items to help you bring about great philosophical inquiries.
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This is a provocation to prompt children to make an arguments revealing the criteria they believe should distinguish pets from treasured objects or other animals. The same strategy could be used for other concepts.
This is a thought-provoking resource that will prompt questions about bravery, fear, cowardice, duty, conscience, condemnation and conformity.
With this resource, you and your pupils can raise questions about cheating, fairness and the keeping of secrets. What would they do to gain an advantage in a competition?
Friends Forever is invitation to enquire into the concept of friendship. It starts with a thought experiment but extends beyond that into more general areas.
A discussion that starts with considering what makes 'a mess' can lead to wider questions about litter, the environment, care and responsibility.
What is personal identity? What does it mean to be human? Could a replication of you really be you? Would it remain a duplicate you as time went by?
If scientists could eliminate some problematic human behaviour, should their solution be adopted? A resource to explore human nature and human 'enhancement'.
How do you make decisions? Would you be prepared to have decisions made for you by an app? This resouce prompts discussion about judgement and the factors that influence it.
A list of 30 picture books to stimulate p4c with summaries, lists of concepts and possible questions. Selected with children aged 7-11 in mind.
How seriously should you take the criticisms of others? A man and his son have to decide on the best way to treat their donkey. See our key document for ideas on how to use this collection of proverbs.
A readers' theatre script exploring the idea of a 'fair society' and using John Rawls 'Veil of Ignorance' as a central idea.
A sequence of questions and activities about the connections between memory and identity, with some references to the Harry Potter stories.
A list of 16 picture books to stimulate p4c with summaries, lists of concepts and possible questions. Selected with children aged 3–6 in mind.
A sequence of questions and activities about the concept of fate. There are also activities to stimulate debate and reflection.