A great way to benefit of Thinking Moves and P4C is to have a short, but thoughtful, conversation about an interesting topic. Parents and carers can do it at home with their children, teachers can do it in school with their students. Our HomeTalk packs are full of helpful ideas and activities for all ages.

The latest issue is on the theme of journeys. You can download it here.

You can download the packs from previous weeks here:

Thinking Moves HomeTalk

Thinking Moves helps your children build up their thinking skills. They are fun to use and work across all ages from 3 – 15. Download these two documents to learn more and to get some interesting ideas for thinking activities.

P4C HomeTalk

P4C is a great way for children to build their reasoning and speaking skills. It’s really important to draw out ideas from your child, rather than planting your ideas in their heads. Questions are the ideal way to do this. Download these two files for lots of tips and guidance on how to start doing P4C.

You can find the 5 P4C session plans mentioned in the How to do P4C slides here.

Just 5 minutes of HomeTalk conversation can be valuable and mealtimes are a great time to do this. Download these picture slides and print them off as a conversation starter. There are 6 provocative questions such as:
“Do you have to be scared in order to be brave?”

What’s The Big Idea is a great source of ideas. Here are some suggestions for big thinking with young children

A simple way to get started with a longer conversation is to share a stimulus with your children and then discuss it with them. Here are some suggestions, with Talking Points for your conversation.

Sharing Cookies – age 3 -7

Talking Points
Why should we share?
Does one good turn deserve another?

Can I be your friend? – age 7 upwards

Talking Points
What does friendship mean?
Does what you say depend on where you say it?

The Giving Tree – age 3 upwards

Talking Points
Did the boy get too greedy?
Does giving people things make you happy?

All you need is Love – The Beatles: all ages

Talking Points
What do you notice about the people and musical instruments in the video?
What does it mean to love someone?

Would you rather? – age 3 – 5

Talking Points
From the book:
– what sounds like the most fun?
– what sounds the most horrible thing?

Where the wild things are

Talking Points
Where would you go, if you could go anywhere?
Would you still go if you had to go alone?

Free Hugs

In normal times, would you hug a stranger?
What makes us trust or distrust other people?

Like a Girl – age 7 upwards

Talking Points
How are girls and boys different ?
Are all girls and boys different in the same way ?

New Friends – age 5 upwards

Talking Points
How important is it to be the same as your friends ?
Is it OK to make people change so that they fit in ?

What’s wrong with it? – age 3 – 5

This is quite a fun activity to engage the children in. This link will take you to an image of a mountain bike with square wheels. http://im.ft-static.com/content/images/d5ae77a8-b361-4c2b-ac06-4345710f62ac.img

Talking Points
What’s wrong with the picture, and why ?
How should it be different ?

Elephant Art – age 5 upwards

Talking Points
Is it art or not ?
What constitutes art ?
Is it fair to make elephants do art ?

Self-portraits – Lucian Freud – age 10+

Talking Points
Why do so many artists paint self-portraits?
If you were a famous artist, what would sort of work would you produce ?

Lots more ideas for interesting discussions on our Stimulus Suggestions page

Lots more P4C films on Nick Chandley’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW_sWubF4pjsAg4r7_BryoQOWXWdXFGWI