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Children in charge of P4C enquiries

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Not only were our Year 6s facilitating philosophical enquiries with cross-phase groups, they also had an audience of 20 local primary and secondary teachers!  What a fantastic job they did as facilitators, preparing their own discussion plan of ‘counterfactual questions’ and managing the depth of enquiry by using Socratic questions.  The teachers, from schools all over Cumbria, were attending Day 2 of a SAPERE Level 1 P4C course held at the school today.

This activity also gave good practice in helping the children to formulate responses in the subjunctive mood.  The subjunctive mood is used to explore imaginary or conditional situations that are contrary to fact.  We think this is an important part of P4C as it helps to develop our creative and critical thinking skills as we try and make sense of the world we live in.

Minnie and Luke’s enquiry questions

1.  If you were a baby elephant for a day, how would your day be different?

2.  If there was no poverty for a day, how would your day be different?

3.  If you were a different gender for a day, how would your day be different?

4.  If children were in charge for a day, how would your day be different?

5.  If everyone looked the same, how would your life be different?

6.  If we completed the 17 Global Goals, how would the world be different?

7.  If everyone had the same rights, how would your life be different?

8.  If wheels didn’t exist, how would your life be different?

9.  If there was no morality, how would the world be different?

10.  If there was no gravity, how would your day be different?

Poppy and Rachel’s  enquiry questions

1.  If you were a lion, what difference would it make to your day?

2.  If you could fly, what difference would it make to your life?

3.  If animals didn’t exist, what difference would it make to the world?

4.  If you could talk in a different language, what difference would it make to your life?

5.  If you could be an animal, what difference would it make to your life?

6.  If you could live in a different world, would it make a difference to your life?

7.  If you invented something, what difference would it make to your day?

8.  If the world had no gravity, what difference would it make to your life?

9.  If you could be a different gender, what difference would it make to your life?

10. If you were an elephant, what difference would it make to your day?

Thea and Sarah’s enquiry questions

1.  If you were a monkey for a day, how would your day be different?

2.  If you had to look after every animal in the world, how would your day be different?

3.  If you were the opposite gender for a week, how would your week be different?

4.  If a cat was following you around, how would your day be different?

5.  If you had an owl on your shoulder, what difference would it make to your day?

6.  If you were Pudsey or Blush, how would your day be different?

7.  If you were an insect for a day, what difference would it make to your day?

8.  If there were no poverty, how would the world be different?

Lewis and Aaron’s enquiry questions

1.  If you were a flea, how your day be different?

2.  If the world had no adults, how would the world be different?

3.  If you could live forever, how would your day be different?

4.  If the Earth never existed, how would your day be different?

5.  If you lived in a poor country, how would your day be different?

6.  If you knew you were going to die, how would your day be different?

7.  If you were famous, how would your day be different?

8.  If dinosaurs were still alive, how would your day be different?

9.  If you ruled the world, how would your life be different?

10.  If humans never died, how would the world be different?

Jessica and Martha’s enquiry questions

1.  If you were a panda, how would you be different?

2.  If you didn’t have your best friend, how would your day be different?

3.  If you were the opposite gender, how would you be different?

4.  If the world was a cube, how your day be different?

5.  If there were no poverty, how would your day be different?

6.  If we were 2D, how would your day be different?

7.  If you were king or queen, how would you be different?

8.  If there were no vehicles, how would your day be different?

Oliver, Brandan & Ollie’s enquiry questions

1.  If you were invisible, how would your day be different?

2.  If you could fly, how would your day be different?

3.  If there were no animals in the world, what would the world be like?

4.  If your Dad came with you to school, how would your life be different?

5.  If there was no electricity, what would the world be like?

6.  If there were no transport, how would the world be different?

7.  If children ruled the world, what would the world be like?

8.  If we had no air transport. how would the world be different?

 

 

 

3 Responses so far.

  1. Sue lyle says:

    I love all these counter-factual questions. Let’s gather as many as possible from children all over the UK> wonderful ideas year 6.

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