THINKING Questions

A new question published here 12.15pm every weekday from September 2019 to July 2020. Can be used to stimulate dialogue among pupils, staff and families at your school. Questions are designed for younger children but can be used or adapted for older children. The latest 15 are displayed.


  • All questions thought up by me and colleagues (it’s possible we’ve been influenced by someone else’s similar question)

  • The use of philosophical questions in early years and primary education was pioneered in the U.S. by Matthew Lipman and Ann Sharp (see various publications from the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children in the 1970s and 80s, catalogued at http://montclair.libguides.com/c.php?g=489180&p=3344127)

  • ‘Would You Rather’ concept inspired by John Burningham: Would You Rather… (Picture Lions 1984) (see also my blog post about this book)

  • ‘Good idea / bad idea’ concept inspired by “Let’s Pretend” activity, from Sara Stanley: Creating Enquiring Minds (Bloomsbury 2014)