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Little Red Riding what

What should Little Red Riding Hood have put in her basket? The following choices have been offered by children in yrR and yr1 ,which would you choose and why? Cookies that are “too magic” A cage A book about wolves A big sword Ask the children to vote on their preferred choice. This could be done through drawing,  moving into a designated space or through other voting methods. Return to the enquiry c
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A place to live

Would you rather live … in a cage full of toys or in an empty Palace? Why? Questions to further develop children’s thinking What does the word “live” in this context mean? Is it different to being alive? Can you live without doing? Do you have to have your freedom to live?
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The Troll’s problem

Trolls can only digest grass and goats. Goats can digest anything. Those greedy goats have eaten all their grass and now want to cross the Bridge to eat mine. What should I do?
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A wolf’s problem

Wolf is very hungry.  He has three choices but he can only eat ONE of the following. .. The grandmother Red Riding Hood Or The cake Which should he chose and why?
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Agree or disagree?

Some people are “ just naughty“ Ideas for deepening thinking. Is there such a thing as “naughtiness?” Is being “naughty” something you choose to do? If you had nobody to teach you how to behave would you know how to be “naughty” ? Can we be taught to be “naughty” If you do something “naughty” but don’t want to do it is it still “naugh
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Which is better?

Questions or answers?  Facilitation ideas? These ideas are to help the facilitator think for themselves about the issues that may be behind the initial question. For example. .. These ideas might help push for deeper thinking of ideas the children are exploring. They are not intended to be a list of questions that children should answer. It is their ideas that should drive the enquiry.  Is philosophy always
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Yes or No? -Obedience

Should we always do as we are told? Why? Why not? Facilitation ideas Who decides what you should do? Does the person who tells you what to do always have the most power? What if the person in power is a bad person? Can someone control every thing about you? Is it more important to obey yourself or others? Should you obey without thinking about why ? Is having to do as you are told always fair? Can you still have free
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In a story…

Which story would you rather be in and why ? Sleeping Beauty ? Or Little Red Riding Hood ? Facilitation ideas Sharing the children’s first thoughts What do they like or not like about the stories? Which characters would they be and why ?  Philosophical imaginative play Allow the children to create simple settings for both stories using den making equipment & blocks etc. Allow them to recreate the stor
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Philosophical play question board. Wild things ..

Can wild things go to school ? Yes or no ? Facilitation ideas How do we define the term wild? If something is wild does it also mean it is free?  Is it possible to ever be truely free? Can you tame something that has never known authority? Philosophical play Read Where the Wild Things Are.(Sendak) Ask the children to think about what a school for wild things might look like?  Would you be able to teach a wi
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What if. ..

The only currency in the world was chocolate coins? Facilitation ideas. .. Would everybody in the world have fair access to wealth? Would you rather eat it or buy things with it? Would all chocolate become valuable? Could anyone start producing chocolate currency? What problems might there be?  Concepts to explore.… wealth, equality, choice
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