Websites recommended for teaching philosophy to children

Here are some great websites that have resources that can be used in the primary classroom.

Primary Ethics was established to provide schoolchildren with the space to explore ethical dilemmas.

Primary Ethics was established by The Ethics Centre in 2010

Following almost eight years of lobbying by parents, the Federation of P&C Associations of NSW and The Ethics Centre, parliament amended the NSW Education Act on 1 December 2010 to give students who don’t attend Special Religious Education/Scripture classes in NSW public schools the legal right to attend philosophical ethics classes as an alternative to supervised ‘private study.’

The NSW Government tasked The Ethics Centre with developing and delivering ethics education classes in urban, regional and rural primary schools.

The Ethics Centre promptly established Primary Ethics Limited, an independent not-for-profit organisation, to develop an engaging, age-appropriate, interconnected curriculum that spans the primary years from Kindergarten to Year 6 and to then deliver ethics education free of charge via a network of specially trained and accredited volunteers.

Since then, ethics classes have been implemented in over 500 schools in NSW and Primary Ethics has established itself as a highly effective education provider within the public school system.

Primary Ethics is an independent not-for-profit organisation approved for deductible gift recipient status and is the sole approved provider of ethics classes to NSW public schools.

Philosophy for Children (p4c) is a wonderful way of bringing teachers and children together to discuss things that matter. It has many benefits for both groups. But there aren’t enough hours in the day to discover new materials, produce resources and lesson plans and invent new activities to keep you and your pupils interested. That’s why we have done a lot of work for you by publishing ideas, lesson plans, resources and recommendations on-line.

PLATO advocates and supports introducing philosophy to children and youth through programs, resource-sharing, and the development of a national network in pre-college philosophy.