Primary Ethics is proud to offer a lockdown alternative to ethics classes in school. Bites! is our series of 20 specially designed bite-sized lessons for children to chew over at home, practising their skills in close listening and ethical reasoning, based on material from our curriculum.
Each week during the Greater Sydney lockdown, we will be posting an ethical dilemma to get you thinking.
Bites for the K-2 age group are designed for children to tackle individually, with one or more family members, assisted by an adult.
Bites for Years 3-6 are designed for children to work on individually or with a family group. An adult learning supervisor may like to take part by helping read the stories and questions and helping children think for themselves about the dilemma we pose.
years K – 2
When Harry met Harley
We meet Harry and Harley, two caterpillars that develop into butterflies. While they remember what it was like to eat leaves, they don’t do that any more. Is Harley still Harley, even though he looks quite different to the way he used to? We help the two friends try to figure it out.
What a whale might know
What a whale might know asks children to think about whether animals sometimes mean to do the things they do and the role knowledge plays in forming intentions.
Should Kalayla forgive Arly?
Should Kalayla forgive Arly? asks children to think about whether, when someone does something to hurt us, it is important to be open to forgiving the wrong and if so, why it’s important.
Years 3 – 6
In Sahir’s Shoes
In Sahir’s Shoes aims to continue the development of students’ capacity to understand the feelings of others, including those in circumstances which differ markedly from their own. Our particular focus in this context is on children who are child labourers.
Who’s flying this plane anyway?
Who’s flying this plane anyway? invites children to think about the ancient notion of fatalism- the idea that our futures are fixed and that whatever we do, we cannot change them.
How come it’s different for Oki?
How come it’s different for Oki? challenges children to understand that common moral principles or values can underlie quite different sets of moral rules.