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A Dog's Life

Philosophy Diogenes was a Cynic, a group of philosophers in Hellenistic times (c. 323-146 BCE) that dropped out of conventional society much like modern-day hippies. The origin of the word 'cynic' comes from the Greek (via Latin) for 'dog', and has the same root as the English word 'canine'. In this story we explore th...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Responsibility, Independence, Happiness, Freedom, Ancient Greek

Eating and Health

Key ideas Rights over our own body. Healthy eating. Self-treatment. Government responsibility. Stimulus Imagine you are in a land when everyone who lives there is nice to each other. If you fall over they help you up. They never hurt each other or shout at each other. One day the people of this land discover a new type of food called sl...

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

Subjects: Science

Themes: Rights, Politics, Freedom, Choice

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

The Happy Prisoner (adapted)

An adaptation of The Happy Prisoner (taken from The If Machine, p93) Adapted by Steve Hoggins Stimulus Sit one child in the center of the room and say: This person is in a room. A locked room and the key has been thrown away. Whatever happens in this story it is important to remember that this person cannot leave the room. How...

Ages: All | All

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Freedom