Present one of the following questions on the question board each day. Ask the children to place their name under their heading better or worse. Encourage them to share the reason for their choice with a parent/carer, friend or adult.
Allow opportunities for the children to explore these ideas through play. Provide props for dressing up, accessories, small world toys etc. to try out their own ideas.
Record any stories that occur when the children play these questions.
Children’s stories as stimulus for Inquiry
Share the children’s stories within the inquiry circle.
Ask the children to explain what things happened that were better and what things were worse. How and why?
Moving thinking on
Can we categorise the characters in the children’s stories? Are they good or bad?
What is it that made things the characters did different?
Do people make their own behaviour choices or do objects change how we are or how we behave?
Record the reasons why the characters are good or bad and highlight these as philosophical concepts;
- He was angry- anger
- She was jealous- jealousy
- He was bossy-power
Could we make any other improvements that would help the characters in the stories the children devised?
Can we match these changes to some of the concepts we are starting to think about?
eg; How could we make the bossy person behave in a more fair way?- fairness-equality
Question board thoughts:
Would these things be better or worse ……?
Pirates with pink lipstick
Frogs with crowns
Teachers with wands
Wolves with long blond hair
Werewolves with pink fur
Mermaids with wings
Knights with feather dusters
Three bears with no food at all
A Royal palace with no doors or windows
Little pigs with sharp teeth
Grandmothers with claws
Witches with handbags
Giants in ballet shoes
Princesses with pirate eye patches
Kings with clown hats
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