Philosophical Thought Adventures

To receive a link for the Thought Adventures please email kim@philosophy-foundation.org

Together with our online sessions we wanted to support schools and children continue to do philosophy whilst schools are closed. So we have created 10 Thought Adventures for every year group from Year 1 to Year 11.

Designed for young people to do on their own, or with their families at home, our Thought Adventures help them to think through questions and problems about the world, ourselves, our experiences and other people. 

“Philosophy is about challenging things that seem true but in fact may not be so.”

Year 5 Child (Age 9)

These Thought Adventures are linked to stories that we have recorded (for the younger ones) or have written out for older students, with questions to get them started, and then more questions to take them further should they wish to pursue the ideas.

There are guidelines in the Adventures to help students think critically about their original thoughts and to develop specific critical thinking skills for older students. For younger ones there are animal guides to help them think more about the question.

Types of questions we explore:

  • Who should be in charge? How should we decide?
  • What is fairness?
  • What is responsibility?
  • What is beauty? Who decides?
  • Are some things absolutely wrong or right, or is it all relative?
  • Is zero a number?
  • What is freedom?
  • Would you like to live forever if you could?
  • Are people of equal value? 

If you would like these for free please email kim@philosophy-foundation.org with the age of the child or class you would like to give them to.

Why do philosophy?

We asked our philosophers why they studied philosophy, their answers range from "it seemed wild and strange" to "there was no curriculum!" and many more reasons to take thinking further.