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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

Once Upon An If: Part 2: Matilda, The Fireless Dragon

Because Matilda, The Fireless Dragon has been magically written by The Story Book, this story has been written in a more literary style. Though I have spent a great deal of time encouraging you to storytell, on this occasion I am going to recommend that you read Matilda, The Fireless Dragon rather than tell it, although, if you can learn and rec...

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

Themes: Problem Solving, Beliefs

Playing With Dolls

An original two-minute play by Darby Smith. Revised by Paul Bodin. (NOTE:  Student 1 should be acted by a girl, and Student 2 should be acted by a boy.  Fill in the names of people <inside special brackets> before performing the play.) For information on how to use this play in the classroom, take a look at Pete's ...

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

Subjects: Humanities, Ethics

Themes: Identity, Difference, Choice, Beliefs

The Gruffalo (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson for this session. The Little Brown Mouse says that she has a friend called a Gruffalo, but she knows ‘there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo’. Until, she meets one... Task Questions: Did the Little Brown Mouse tell a lie? What is lying? If...

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

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Truth & Falsity, True, Reality, Beliefs

The Thought Fight

This poem is about conflict in our minds and the struggle between different ideas. We are encouraging children to think about the nature of thinking itself: how does one mind have two opposite thoughts, and how does it decide between them… and does it have to, or could it carry on believing two contradictory things? The Thought Fight ...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: English

Themes: Personality, Choice, Beliefs

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 wins, wins’ – thinking about invasion

This session was put together for a request on the theme of ‘Vikings’. It is not specifically about Vikings and does not necessarily represent Viking beliefs and views, but it does offer a way into exploring the ethics of invasion more generally and can be used with many more related topics such as ‘the Romans’. Like &lsq...

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

Subjects: Humanities

Themes: War, Self-defence, Rights, Pacifism , Invasion, Human Rights, Defence, Cultural relativism, Beliefs