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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

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

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

Nonsense

* This session uses a Pollock picture. There is one downloadable at the bottom or find your own image that would work! Looking Are there any objects in this painting? Are there emotions in this painting? Is there anything in this painting? Thinking Starter Question: Does this painting make sense? Q...

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

Subjects: Aesthetics

Themes: Sense and reference, Logic, Language, Art

Poetry workshop - Is This A Poem?

IS THIS A POEM? This is a session came out of a unit of work on poetry. The class had being doing philosophy for 16 weeks and were doing a unit of poetry in their English classes.  Ever since Socrates, philosophers have tried to define terms clearly and exhaustively. This has resulted in a good deal of rigour and precision. Philosophe...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2), Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: English

Themes: Language

Ship of Friends

The aim of this lesson is for the children to practise their thinking using the topic of friendship. Perhaps most importantly, friendship is an important concept for all young people. They think a lot about who their friends really are and what being a friend means. So this poem works well to get a discussion going that includes everyone, regard...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: English

Themes: Language, Friendship

The Wronger

The aim of this lesson is for the children to practise their thinking using the topic of grammar/literacy. It is also an explanation of the anxiety or inferiority that we all feel in a classroom situation when things are not going well for us. Most children can’t actually identify the area being made throughout the poem: the author uses wo...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: English

Themes: Spelling, Language, Imagination, Accuracy