Curriculum Extract

Welcome

Primary Ethics is an Australian charity delivering ethics classes to children in NSW government primary schools, free of charge. Developed by respected academic Dr Sue Knight, our curriculum and lesson materials are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years of age.

Classes are inquiry based and are impartially facilitated by our trained volunteers using our detailed lesson materials.

Through a wide variety of scenarios and stories children are able to explore the intricacies and complexities of ethical behaviour. Students are encouraged to think about and discuss what we ought to do, how we ought to live, the kind of society we should have and what kind of person each of us should strive to be.

Our curriculum framework is set out below. We invite you to download our sample lessons along with our Ethics Teachers Guide  – an introduction to teaching ethics. Please note that effective use of our lesson materials depends on skilled facilitation. Our teachers undertake online preparatory training and attend a 2-day intensive face to face training and practice workshop.

Please contact us to find out more or to register your interest.

Download the Ethics Teachers Guide

Curriculum Topics

Early Stage One – Kindergarten (ages 5-6)

Topic 1 – Questions, puzzlement and what is ok

Topic 2 – Secrets and a big important questions

Topic 3 – Doing harm without meaning to

Topic 4 – Intentions and knowledge

Topic 5 – Making things up, being cross and hurting someone

Topic 6 – Showing off, telling on someone and finding reasons

Topic 7 – Disagreeing

Topic 8 – Changing your mind

Topic 9 – Owning up and telling the truth

Topic 10 – Does telling the truth matter?

Topic 11 – How can we work out what’s true?

Topic 12 – Stories and inferences

Stage One – First and second grades (ages 6-8)

Introductory Topic

Topic 1 – How important are the reasons?

Topic 2 – Are you the same person you used to be?

Topic 3 – Courage or being brave

Topic 4 – Forgiving and being forgiven

Topic 5 – Empathy

Topic 6 – Being similar and being different

Topic 7 – When is it fair

Topic 8 – Good reasons

Topic 9 – Different kinds of animals and different kinds of needs

Topic 10 – Is it important to understand the reasons?

Topic 11 – Stereotyping

Topic 12 – Being friends and being good friends

Topic 13 – Coming to grips with inductive inference

Topic 14 – Being Kind

Topic 15 – Pride, vice or virtue

Topic 16 – Laziness

Topic 17 – Examples and counter examples

Topic 18 – Sharing with those in need

Topic 19 – A different kind of courage

Topic 20 – Coming to grips with deductive reasoning

Topic 21 – Ownership

Topic 22 – How do we know when we’ve done something wrong?

Topic 23 – When should we tell on someone?

Stage Two – third and fourth grades (ages 9-10)

Introductory Topic

Topic 1 – Disagreeing respectfully

Topic 2 – Being selfish

Topic 3 – Imagining how others feel

Topic 4 – Understanding Diversity

Topic 5 – Being Greedy

Topic 6 – Is lying wrong?

Topic 7 – Persuading

Topic 8 – Being an ethical consumer

Topic 9 – Getting even

Topic 10 – Intention

Topic 11 – Puzzles, clues and what follows

Topic 12 – Insides and outsides

Topic 13 – Generalising inductive reasoning

Topic 14 – Cheating

Topic 15 – Friendship

Topic 16 – Staring, excuses and reasons

Topic 17 – Should we keep animals in captivity?

Topic 18 – Bragging

Topic 19 – How should we treat living things?

Topic 20 – Inferring or figuring things out

Topic 21 – Breaking a promise

Topic 22 – Thinking about giving

Stage Three – fifth and sixth grades (ages 11-12)

Introductory Lesson

Topic 1 – Appeal to authority

Topic 2 – Teasing

Topic 3 – A fair society

Topic 4 – Drugs in Sport

Topic 5 – Voting

Topic 6 – Punishment

Topic 7 – Being vain

Topic 8 – Structure of arguments

Topic 9 – How far does our moral responsibility extend?

Topic 10 – Stealing

Topic 11 – Jumping to conclusions

Topic 12 – Homelessness

Topic 13 – Killing animals for food

Topic 14 – Why should we trust science?

Topic 15 – Fairness

Topic 16 – Human rights ‐ do other animals have them?

Topic 17 – Fatalism

Topic 18 – Beliefs, opinions, tolerance and respect

Topic 19 – Moral responsibility

Topic 20 – Should we take circumstances into account?

Topic 21 – Are some things just wrong?

Topic 21 – Thinking