A philosophy initiative for secondary schools and an argument for a wiser approach to PLTS, SEAL, PSHE, Citizenship and Cross-curriculum dimensions.
Stimulus materials, articles and projects
Our library is the place to find stimulus materials, recommended resources, original stories, lesson plans, inspiring articles and a host of other items to help you bring about great philosophical inquiries.
An activity leading to dialogue about qualities of leadership after reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak (with activity cards).
Ideas for a community of enquiry on the concepts of healthy and unhealthy food, and also on the influence of advertising. (PDF attached)
A story about a the temptations of keeping a treat to oneself. It could lead to discussions about sharing, fairness and relationships between children and adults. A PDF file is attached.
An old tale about luck and consequences. It could lead into discussions about the pros and cons of basing one's decision-making solely on consideration of consequences, or on probability. The story is given on the webpage and as a PDF attachment.
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.
One of the most popular editions of Newswise, which challenges stereotypes about big companies (exemplified by Cadbury), and raises issues around child labour.
Creating and analysing questionnares can be a useful stimulus for philosophical questioning. Samples and advice are provided.