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Bare Necessities

This session uses the song 'Bare Necessities' from The Jungle Book.  You may want to use the following clip as a stimulus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o   First, show the clip (or play the song).  Then, sing the first verse with the class a couple of times:  'Bare necessities, Those simpl...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning, Ethics

Themes: Life, Existence, Difference, Conceptual analysis

Du iz tak? (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'Du iz tak?' by Carson Ellis for this session.  The bugs are looking curious. They’ve found something, but what is it? And what are they saying? “Du iz tak?” Task Questions: Are the bugs talking? Can you work out what they are saying? Is their treehouse safe? Is ...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Language and Meaning

Themes: Storytelling, Language

Earth Hounds (book needed)

Your are going to need the book 'Dr Xargle's Book Of Earth Hounds' by Jeanne Willis for this session. Dr Xargle is teaching the class today about Earth Hounds… with sharp fangs at one end, and a waggler at the other, but what creature are the aliens learning about?  What is an Earthling?  And what is an Earthlet...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning

Themes: Identity, Meaning

House and Home

Key ideas: Home. What is home?   Stimulus Show the children a picture of a house and ask the following Task Question: Is this a home? Why?   Further Stimulus Bring up a picture of a person sleeping rough (could also have a tent/campervan) Task Questions: Is this home? Is ‘a house’ the same as...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Language and Meaning

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

Is it wrong to...

Here's a shockingly simple way, thought up by David Birch to generate some intriguing and unusual ethical questions for a provocative discussion - created by chance.   Method Take two hats and put six cards with nouns in one hat, six verbs in another.  Then place something on the floor with the following written ...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Language and Meaning, Ethics

Themes: Rights, Freedom, Defence, Choice, Beliefs

Knuffle Bunny (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'Knuffle Bunny' by Mo Willems for this session.  Trixie and her knuffle bunny are going with Daddy to the Laundromat. Using the washing machine is fun and then it’s time to go home, but hang on... something’s wrong. Trixie wants to say something, but Daddy doesn’t understand. ...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning

Themes: Language

None the number

The Hueys are counting things, but when they realise that the number of pieces of cheese over there is ‘none’, they start to wonder, if none is a number or not? Task Questions: Is none a number? Is zero a number? Is zero the same as none? Is nothing, something or nothing? Is none the same as nothing? Extensi...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning, Metaphysics

Themes: Existence, Identity, Numbers

Presents!

  If an alien came down and saw a box of funny coloured paper with a ribbon tied around it, would they think its special? Why when we look at these boxes do we think there must be something inside? And why do we get excited? Task Questions: Is this a present? Is this piece of rubbish I found a present? If you give me thi...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning

Themes: Meaning, Knowledge, Classification

This moose belongs to me (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'This moose belongs to me' by Oliver Jeffers for this session. Wilfred finds a moose and decides that it’s his. He puts a label on the moose with his chosen name, ‘Marcel (owned by Wilfred)’. But when he’s out with his moose and someone else thinks its their moose – with a...

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

Subjects: Language and Meaning

Themes: Fairness, Identity