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Between My Ears

The aim of this lesson plan is to encourage the children to make a distinction between physical and non-physical properties of the mind and/or brain. This encourages them to ‘discover’ abstract nouns in the context of non-abstract entities such as ‘the body’. Plan 1. Read the poem to the class. 2. Give them some si...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Mind/Brain

Blue Penguin (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'Blue Penguin' by Petr Horacek for this session. Blue Penguin isn’t like all the other penguins. Surprisingly enough, he’s blue! But he can still do all the things that other penguins can do. So is he still a penguin? Will he be able to fit in with all the others? Task Questi...

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Ethics, Metaphysics

Themes: Difference, Fitting In, Friendship, Identity, Same

Choice vs Not a Choice

Activity Make a table with 2 columns on the board. Label the 2 columns 'Choice' and 'not a choice' Give each pair a statement Blinking Sneezing Forgiving someone Dreaming about cake Getting angry Being free Feeling happy Being British Hitting someone Winning Cheating Going to school Liking math...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Choice

Elmer (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'Elmar' by David McKee for this session. All the elephants look the same, well mostly the same, and mostly the same colour at least. Elmer is an elephant too, but he’s multi-coloured and looks very different to all the other elephants. He’s also the one that makes them all laugh. But what s...

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Difference, Fitting In, Same

Feel Brave: Wolfgang stories

Session developed by Matt Harvey. These stories are from the Feel Brave Series, written by Avril McDonald. The Grand Wolf Themes: Death, change When the Wise Owl tells Wolfgang that his grandfather has died I ask the children “what does that mean, that Grand wolf has died?” This is more a case of breaking the circle ...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2), Ages 5-7 (KS1), Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Metaphysics, Ethics, Epistemology

Themes: Change, Bravery

Friends Forever

Set-up This session is particularly appropriate for classes who need practise speaking and listening to each other. Draw a fairly fleshed-out character on the board, including features such as hair, fingers and shoes. This is your friend, they are all the things you like in a friend. However, we don't know what they are yet s...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Metaphysics, English

Themes: Identity, Friendship, Difference

Frog is a hero

This session is based on the book 'Frog is a hero' by Max Velthuijs When it starts raining, frog is excited. When it’s still raining a few days later, he starts to get scared. His house is flooded, and his friends’ houses are flooded too. Where can he find safety?And who will help when all the food runs out? It’s t...

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Bravery, Identity

Here’s a thought

Write the following question on a piece of paper, whiteboard or IWB (interactive whiteboard): Is there a thought on this piece of paper [or whiteboard or IWB etc.]? Nested Questions: What is a thought? Where are thoughts? How are thoughts created? Where do thoughts that aren’t being thought about go?  

Ages: Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Thinking, Mind/Brain

How to save a superhero (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'How to save a superhero' by Caryl Hart for this session.  Albie puts on his superhero costume and then he’s Albie the Awesome! Then when a flying girl saves him from falling, his adventure begins... Task Questions: Is Albie a superhero? When he’s got the costume on, is Al...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1), Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Identity, Behaviour

Identity and Expression

This session was created by Tanga Wanda, for use with older groups.  Exploring themes to do with trans- identities, the first section is on gender, the second section is on race.  Motivated by thoughts on when something is or is not a hate crime.   hate crime (noun): a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudi...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3)

Subjects: Metaphysics, Language and Meaning, Ethics

Themes: Identity, Choice, Change