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Philosophy for children

Sticky Questions for Friday 19th January 2024

Reception: If you could have a secret door to anywhere, where would it go?

Year 1: What would be a better name for your street?

Year 2: Think of someone you know who is a really good person.  What makes them good?

Year 3:  If everything froze, could time still pass?

Year 4: Does our planet belong to us?

Year 5: Is a more emotional person more or less likely to be a good person?

Year 6: If a piece of famous art turns out to be a fake, is it less beautiful?


Top Tips for great discussions

  • "You said, I think..." - after the first person speaks, the next person has to begin each of their points with "You said..." and gives a summary of what the person has just said before adding, "I think...", and gives their own contribution.  This is a simple way of making paired discussions responsive.
  • Coaching questions  - use the prompts below to push for deeper thinking in group/family discussions

Can you say why?

Can you say more?

How do you mean?

Can you give us an example?

Why is that important?

How could you disagree with yourself? (this gets them thinking of possible other opinions)

  • Wandering wonder - listen out for new questions arising from what you have talked about and see where it takes you.
  • Say it in Seven -as a group, boil down your best answer/reason to a sentence of exactly seven words.