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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

Is it a Lie?

Stimulus: By Steven Hoggins Jeff (the children chose the names) is playing ball outside and kicks it through a window. The owner comes out and says: "Did you break my window?" Jeff responds with, “no." Task Questions:  Did Jeff lie? What makes it a lie/not a lie? The children talked abo...

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

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Truth & Falsity, Memory, Meaning, Language

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

Safe or Dangerous?

Where should you place these things on a line? Is it safe, or dangerous?   Cooking... safe or dangerous? Daddy cooking... safe or dangerous? You cooking... safe or dangerous?   Thinking... safe or dangerous?   Playing with a ball... safe or dangerous? Playing with a ball in the park... safe or ...

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

Themes: Meaning, Behaviour

Unicorn Horns - thinking about things that don’t exist

Unicorn Horns - thinking about things that don’t exist This is a development of ‘Nobody’s home’ from The If Odyssey and is designed to get the class thinking about non-existent entities. These include fictional characters of all kinds, but they also include some more controversial examples such as Santa Claus and the T...

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

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: True, Sense, Reference, Real, Mythology, Meaning, Existence, Being/non-being