Stimulus Suggestions

Here are some examples of stimuli that we recommend for different types of inquiries

Can I be your friend?: age 7 upwards, KS1, KS2, KS3

Themes: Social media, friendship, online, communication

Changing Batteries – The Saddest Story: age 5 upwards, KS1, KS2

Themes:  Loneliness,  Care,  Sadness, Loss, Death, Paradise, Robots, Artificial Intelligence

All You Need is Love – The Beatles: all ages

Themes:  Love, music, social history

The Baboon on the Moon: age 3 – 5, EYFS, KS1

Baboon on the Moon from AUB Animation on Vimeo.

Theme:  Loneliness

Why do we go to school?: age 3 – 7, EYFS, KS1

Theme:  Education

Click here for the full outstanding set of BBC CBeebies short videos designed to help younger children tackle philosophical questions  

The Hospital Window: age 10 upwards: KS2, KS3

Themes:  Honesty, lying, friendship, care

Dove:  Artificial Beauty Time Lapse: age 10 upwards: KS2, KS3

Themes:  Beauty, truth, identity

Like a Girl: age 7 upwards, KS2, KS3

Themes:  Gender, stereotypes

 New Friends – age 5 upwards, KS1, KS2, KS3

More stimulus suggestions for older students (KS2 and 3) here………

Themes:  Friendship, change, conformity, coercion

What’s wrong with it?: 3 – 7 years, EYFS, KS1

Show the picture to the children and pause for a few seconds. Ask what’s wrong and get them to explain how it should be different and why. Browse also for chocolate teapot, upside-down tree and square tomatoes

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the crowning: 3 – 7 years, EYFS, KS1

This can open up talk about kings, queens and democracy. Would it be sensible to have two kings and two queens? And could a child really be a king or queen?

Elephant Art: 3 + years, EYFS, KS1

Is it art or not? What constitutes art? Does this help elephant conservation? Lots of questions from all ages guaranteed with this subject.

What’s the Big Idea?: Different: 3 – 7 years, EYFS, KS1

This focuses on whether we’re all different, whether it’s ok to be different and whether things can be the same but different too. It encourages the children to explore similarities and differences between each other.

A robot friend: 3 – 7 years, EYFS, KS1

Do you think it would be a good idea to have a robot visit your classroom? If you had a class robot, what would you have it do? Should you call it a boy’s name or a girl’s name? Or just make one up?

Weird animals: 3 – 7 years, EYFS, KS1

These weird creatures will provide interest and some hilarity too but which would you rather have as a pet? You could discuss how animals are adapted and then try and choose the best animal to be a teacher or fire, ambulance or police person.

More stimulus suggestions for younger children (EYFS and KS1) here………


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