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Philosophy for children

Sticky Questions for Friday 26th May 2023

Reception:   If you could fly, where would you go?

Year One:    What do you think is the best thing about being human?

Year Two:     Can you cheat if you don't know the rules?

Year Three:   If you say, "I'll do it if I have the time," when you know you won't have time, are you lying?

Year Four:     Do you get to be happy by trying to be happy or by some other way?

Year Five:      Should the government add an extra tax to foods that are bad for us?

Year Six:       If we are all different, why are we all supposed to be equal ?


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.