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Do you deserve it?

By Steve Hoggins This session is based on the story The little red hen. The difference being that in the tale the other characters holds exactly the same position – they don’t want to help. Resources 3 Puppets Story generation Introduce the three characters by name (I used to get the children to choose) and then s...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Responsibility, Obligations, Fairness, Deserving

Doing Without Doing

Stimulus Describe (and draw) the following two scenarios: Scenario A: You see someone walking along and next to you is a plank of wood. They are not looking where they are going. You decide to place the plank of wood in front of the person so that they will trip over. You do this and they don’t notice and they trip over and hurt them...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Responsibility, Consequences, Causation, Action


BACKGROUND There are many versions of this story throughout history and across the world. It may go back as far as the Greeks in one for or another. The first version we have is from the 13th Century poet scholar Ibn Said and is very common in the Islamic world. The story was picked up and circulated by Europeans over the centuries. All th...

Ages: All | All

Subjects: Ethics

Entrepreneurialism: wants and needs

Set the class the following task: to invent (or simply to name) something that people will need but not want, something they will want but not need, and something they will want and need. Conceptual comparison exercise Task Question: What are the differences/similarities between ‘need’ and ‘want’? Place two ho...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Value, Entrepreneurialism, Conceptual analysis

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


The year is 1943. Simon Wiesenthal was a jewish architect incarcerated in Lemberg Concentration Camp. He was summoned by the guards. He assumed it was to his death or to heard away the dead bodies of other jews. The Nazi guards escorted him through a ghetto towards a hospital, Simon notices butterflies flying from sunflower to sunflower in ...

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

Subjects: Ethics, Humanities

Help and Deserving

This session is based on the story book The Little Red Hen and was devised by Steve Hoggins. The in this version is that the characters take opposite positions. One helps and the other doesn’t. Key ideas: When are you obliged to help people? Do some people deserve more than others? Resources: 3 puppets Start...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Storytelling, Sharing, Fairness, Deserving

Help and Deserving (concise version)

Giraffe is hungry! She goes shopping for ingredients to make a pizza, but the bag is just too heavy for her to carry home by herself. Can someone help her? And it’s a lot of work doing all the cooking, do you think anyone will help her cook the pizza? Task Questions 1: If bear says ‘no’, is that OK? Why do you th...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Fairness, Deserving


Edward Colston 120 years ago, a statue of Edward Colston was erected in Bristol. Underneath there was an inscription: “Erected by citizens of Bristol as a memorial of one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their city.”  Colston was a wealthy man and he gave a lot of money away to build schools, hospitals and houses for t...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics, Epistemology, Aesthetics

Themes: Politics, Justice, Black History Month, Art

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