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The Surgeon with Cold Hands

This session was created by Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, from the University of Southern Denmark.  She is part of the project Filosofi i Skolen, which The Philosophy Foundation is partnered with. Philosophy A central question in moral philosophy concerns what makes something morally wrong. Is it if the act harms others? If it ...

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

Subjects: Ethics, Epistemology

the three robbers

This session uses picture book: 'The Three Robbers' by Toni Ungerer. Props: Philosophy Elephant, Make a bandana maybe one for two other puppets. Starter: Introduce Philosophy Elephant Task Question:  Are the Three Robbers good people? Introduce the stimulus.  "It is time for a scary story."&nbsp...

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Ethics

The Tolerant School

Designed by Andy West Philosophy Addressed Should intolerant opinions be tolerated? (If yes, then what would happen? If no, then by what criterion do we censor?) What is the difference between disagreeing with someone and being intolerant of them? Is tolerance an absolute good? Preliminaries You may need to pre-teach the meanin...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Difference, Behaviour

Tiddler – truth and lies

Resources: Tiddler – Picture book by Julia Donaldson   Key controversy: Is lying wrong? What is lying?   Starter – sit children in a circle Read the first part of tiddley until it mentions that tiddler tells tells. Ask the children what they mean by telling tales. Ask for examples of telling tales to chec...

Ages: Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Ethics

Two-eyed aliens

This session was developed by specialist David Birch on the topic of Newspapers. You might want to run this along with the Knowledge session, using newspaper headlines as the sentences in the Knowledge session. Thinking Game Break the circle on 'lying'. Stimulus (Use the powerpoint attached to take you through the session.) ...

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

Subjects: Metaphysics, Ethics

Themes: Utilitarianism, Truth & Falsity, News, Knowledge, Deontology

Weather Gods

Zeus rules the gods of Mount Olympus.  He also rules over the humans.  He rules with a mixture of love and reward as well as control and punishment.  For when the humans do bad things, such as fight wars (get the children to offer some examples of bad things), he throws down large bolts of lightning and causes big thunderstorms to...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics

What is a saint?

Stimulus: The Sheep Thieves Once upon a time there were two sheep thieves who regularly stole from the townspeople. One day they are caught, and the punishment for steeling sheep in this town is to be branded with a hot branding iron. An ‘S’ and a ‘T’ are seared across the foreheads of the sheep thieves so wherever the...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Saints, Beliefs, Behaviour

Who Gains and Who Loses

A three-minute play by Paul Bodin.   Revised by fifth graders Audrey McCarthy & Jasmine Klein For more info on how to use this play for an enquiry, have a look at Pete's blog at the following link: https://www.philosophy-foundation.org/blog/dialogues-in-philosophy-with-children. (Note:  CAFO is pronounced “ka&rdq...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning, Humanities, Ethics

Themes: Rights, Responsibility, Politics

Who Gets What And Why?

Tamara, Carim and Miriam decide to bake a cake together. Tamara does all the necessary shopping; in fact she spends most of this month’s pocket money on ingredients. Far more than his friends, Carim puts enormous effort into making the cake. He has baked before, so is very good at it as well as very enthusiastic. Miriam mostly watches and ...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Sharing, Politics, Fairness, Behaviour

Who Turned on My Phone?

By Steven Hoggins This is a session based on ideas of responsibility – to what extent is someone responsible for their actions and the consequences of their actions? Resources: 3 pupils and something to turn on – I use my phone which has an on button on the front. Session Stimulus Place the phone in the middle of the c...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Action, Causation, Responsibility