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Using the Question Board

My Question Board introduces my parents to the activities that our children do in philosophy.  The question board activities serve as registration for the children who find their names and place them under the heading provided for each activity. I encourage their adults to model different points of view and ask their children to explain and justify reasons for their

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Concept Choices

This activity allows the children to think about the philosophical traits of a selection of story characters. the children should decide which of the two selected cards best fits their idea of the given concept. Characters could include; Clown, Policeman, Big bad Wolf, Wicked Queen, Wise King, Dragon, Witch, Fairy, Father Christmas, Captain Hook, Werewolf etc. place 2 cards on

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Welcome to Childrenthinking. Our aim is to make this website work for you. We want practitioners to feel they can have a go and also share their questions, ideas and success stories. We aim to develop a wide community of people who believe that philosophical thinking underpins the self esteem, understanding and connectivity of our children. We will be updating

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Working with Parent/Carers

We feel it important to involve our parent/carers in the philosophical dialogues of their children. After each session the children decide on a question or idea that  they wish to explore further at home. The children have a journal where they record their philosophy ideas in school. This journal is shared between home and school to build upon ideas. Below

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Monster at school

Stimulus Large drawing of a monster Stimulus details Draw a monster with a closed mouth (no teeth) three arms, four legs and a tail. Ensure that it looks neither friendly nor frightening. Year group Nursery/reception Skill focus Sharing ideas. Listening as part of a group. Making a decision. Revisiting a question after dialogue. Thinking focus Should we judge from appearance

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The Last Noo Noo
noo noo

Enquiry in KS1 using The Last Noo-Noo- Jill Murphy Questions asked by the children Why did Grandma say “nonsense”? Why did mum throw the dummies away? Why did Marlon have lots of dummies? Why did he still need a dummy? Why did the monsters tease him? Why did the monsters snatch his noo noo? Why didn’t Marlon want to give

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The book of good and bad

Stimulus Set of fairy tale character cards or figures. Stimulus details Set of figures, toys, puppets or pictures  depicting a dragon, king, evil queen, big bad wolf, witch, an ogre, prince, knight etc.  Year group Nursery/reception  Skill focus Justifying a choice. Agreeing and disagreeing with other choices. Introducing bigger concepts. Thinking focus Thinking about how characters behave and why. Understanding

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Would you Dare?
would you dare

Would you dare… Eat sweets every day? ? (But what if it made your teeth fall out?)       Would you dare… Go into space? ? (But what if the aliens were nasty?)       Would you dare… Marry the King or Queen? ? (But what if they lived in a prison?)       Would you dare…

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You Choose
you choose

Which would you choose between and why? grumpy or sad? claws or paws? presents or cuddles? spiders or snakes? wings or tail? quiet or noise? music or painting? sing or shout? sweets or comic? castle or cave? eyes or ears? giant or witch? &nbsp

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