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Blue Penguin (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'Blue Penguin' by Petr Horacek for this session. Blue Penguin isn’t like all the other penguins. Surprisingly enough, he’s blue! But he can still do all the things that other penguins can do. So is he still a penguin? Will he be able to fit in with all the others? Task Questi...

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

Subjects: Ethics, Metaphysics

Themes: Difference, Fitting In, Friendship, Identity, Same

Friends Forever

Set-up This session is particularly appropriate for classes who need practise speaking and listening to each other. Draw a fairly fleshed-out character on the board, including features such as hair, fingers and shoes. This is your friend, they are all the things you like in a friend. However, we don't know what they are yet s...

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

Subjects: Metaphysics, English

Themes: Identity, Friendship, Difference

Rainbow Fish

This session is based on the book 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister. The rainbow fish is the most beautiful fish in the sea. No other fish has such sparkly and colourful scales. When another fish asks if they can have one of those sparkly scales, the rainbow fish says ‘no’. Now she doesn’t have any friends. What...

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

Subjects: Ethics

Themes: Friendship, Sharing

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 perfect friend – thinking about friendship, (perfection and A.I.)

Thought Adventure 42 The perfect friend – thinking about friendship, (perfection and A.I.) This session was put together for teachers asking for sessions for ‘anti-bullying week’ and for PSHE requirements ‘getting on and falling out’. The strategy I took for developing this session was to problematize th...

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

Subjects: Science , RE

Themes: Robot, Perfection, Friendship, Bullying, Android