Activities to help children think about what makes good questions and how to answer them.
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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A futuristic role play to investigate some approaches to ethics. Pupils could investigate their own questions stimulated by the role play.
Some lesson ideas to use with a popular picture book by Anthony Browne. The activities have been tried with pupils in year 3–6 but could be adapted for younger or older pupils.
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 how a new dam threatens the way of life, and livelihoods, of villagers downstream. Includes ideas for enquiries.
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.
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.
Advice, methods and photocopiable materials to assist philosophical dialogue with pupils aged 10 and over.
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.
This year, 2008, is 15 years on from the murder of Stephen Lawrence. This edition of Newswise from 1999 marks the event and still gives us plenty to think about .
A lesson outline and ways of developing thinking about a (fake) picture of a cat seeing a 'reflection' of a lion in a mirror.