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The Young Philosopher Course

A great resource that brings Philosophy alive to KS3 pupils!

C Gibbs, RE Teacher & Independent Reviewer

A complete programme for an exciting exploration of philosophical issues. Encourages and enables your students to think about and discuss key issues – from moral dilemmas to the existence of God.

  • Vol. 1: Designed for Year 7 & 8 pupils, but suitable for all ages – from Year 6 upwards
  • Vol. 2: Designed for late KS3 to KS4 – expands students horizons beyond RS GCSE content
  • Accessible for all abilities – all will benefit by developing thinking skills
  • Timetable it using PSHE, tutorial or RE time, put on as a lunchtime or afterschool Philosophy Club, or an enrichment programme for the Gifted and Talented

Expertly designed lessons are open enough to allow the discussion to come alive, but structured enough that the non-specialist will always have direction.

  • Teacher’s notes explain the background to the topic – great for non-specialists
  • Every 50-minute lesson plan is clearly laid out with actions points, timings and ‘Teacher Tips’
  • Student activity workbook acts as a record for pupils to take away
  • Supporting PowerPoint presentations

The course's structure is its great strength… particularly the clear and well-timed lesson plans…
all the philosophy in it is spot on.

S Shieber, Philosophy Teacher & Independent Reviewer
Vol. 1: 12-Lesson Programme:
Structured into 3 themes: Morality, Knowledge & Religion
  1. Introducing a New Way of Thinking
  2. In Deep Water
  3. The Ring of Gyges (Invisibility)
  4. Self-Interest as a Guide to Actions
  5. Is Violence Ever Justified?
  6. Doubt and Certainty (1)
  7. Doubt and Certainty (2)
  8. Where Do Our Ideas Come From?
  9. Knowledge of the External World
  10. The Design Argument for God’s Existence
  11. The Ontological Argument for God’s Existence
  12. The Problem of Evil and Responses to it
Vol. 2: 12-Lesson Programme:
Structured into 3 themes: Mind, Political Philosophy & Religion; plus final ‘Island Project’ brings the themes together.
  1. What is the Mind and Where is it?
  2. What is a Person?
  3. Do you Have to be a Human Being to be a Person?
  4. Personal Identity through Time
  5. Do we Need to be Governed?
  6. Who Should Govern Us?
  7. Should We Always Obey or Can We Dissent?
  8. The Idea of God
  9. Shipwrecked On a Desert Island
  10. Rules, Laws and Punishment
  11. The Role of Morality and Religion on The Island
  12. Feedback: The Island Project & The Value of Philosophy

Tried and Tested!
Students of all abilities will benefit from engaging with the issues raised. They will be encouraged to be free and independent thinkers and to develop their natural critical thinking skills in keeping with the real meaning of education: to draw out, rather than to fill up the mind. There is growing evidence that such a programme results in a higher IQ. More than this pupils enjoy thinking through and discussing these issues. I have taught it and it works.

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