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The Diary

Do: Begin by reading the following scenario to the class: Your best friend visits you and asks you to look after their personal diary for one week because they are going away and they don’t want anyone to read it. You are asked not to read it yourself. ‘Do you promise?’ your friend asks. Task Question Will you take ...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Self-control, Promise keeping, Free will

The Experience Machine

Stimulus: Imagine there is a machine that you can attach to your head and it makes you have an experience of whatever you want so that it seems real. It’s like having a dream which you can choose that seems like real life. When you are having the experience, however, you think it’s real. The machine is called ‘the experience...

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

Subjects: Ethics, Epistemology

Themes: Well being, Self, Future, Choice, Autonomy

The Magic Ring and The Red Switch

  You are walking along and find a box. Inside this box is a magic ring. It’s magic because if you put it on, it will change you into something completely different. Task questions 1: If the ring could turn you into a FISH (for the rest of your life), would you put it on? If the ring could turn you into a GIANT, woul...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Change, Choice, Responsibility

The Mountain (Resource consumption)

DO: Put a pile of something, e.g. books in the middle of the circle and explain that the children should imagine it’s huge!  It’s a mountain. DO: Will need to use actors from around the circle for next bit, potentially all children in the group, so helps to go around the circle and take children one by one… SAY: The...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics

The Perfect School

Focus With eyes shut try to imagine the perfect school. Ask the following questions: How would the pupils behave? How would the teachers take the lessons? How would the pupils feel at the end of the school day? How would the teachers feel at the end of the school day? Stimulus This piece of paper is a letter from the Prime...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Virtue ethics, Bravery, Behaviour

The Prom

THE PROM   A young man named Joe was looking forward to his final week in school. At the end of the week there would be a prom - a huge party where everyone would dress up really smart and dance in the school hall. Joe’s mum bought him a suit and his brother, Seb, showed him how to tie the tie properly. Seb also told him to star...

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

Subjects: Ethics

The Science Project

A two-minute play by Paul Bodin. (Words inside brackets are stage directions only.  They are not meant to be said out loud.) For information on how to use this play in the classroom, take a look at Pete's blog here: https://www.philosophy-foundation.org/blog/dialogues-in-philosophy-with-children   The Science ...

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

Subjects: Science , Ethics

Themes: Rights, Fairness

The Selfish Giant (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'The Selfish Giant' by Oscar Wilde for this session. The children love to play in the giant’s big and beautiful garden, but when he gets angry they all run away. When the giant behaves selfishly the bad weather sets in and doesn’t leave... until one day when things change again. Task Q...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Causation, Change

The Singing Tree

By Tim Beardmore-Gray This enquiry was written for the educational charity GROW. https://www.grow-up.co/ The story is based on the Swiss tale The Singing Fir Tree, as told by Sheryl Ann Karas. http://spiritoftrees.org/the-singing-fir-tree The text in brackets can be omitted or included depending on how open you’d like the compreh...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Vagueness

The stranger – Based on a story by Max Velthuijs

Stimulus Frog, Pig and Duck lived by the pond. They loved the pond and they often swan together, went fishing together and talked to eachother. They liked to think of themselves as the a team. One day a stranger arrived. It was a rat and it came to live at the edge of the pond. Pig discovered him and saw that his whiskers we long and his f...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Immigration, Diversity, Difference