Primary Ethics Bites!

Our weekly program for school-aged students

Each week in term 2 we’ll upload a new ethical dilemma to get you thinking! You might like to share it with others in your house, to see what they think, too. There is often not a single right answer to an ethical question. In that way, ethics is different from other lessons like maths.

Apple bite final v3Instead, ethical inquiry helps us to look at a problem from different points of view and to think and ask questions about the reasons behind them. When we do this, we think more deeply about our own views and also discover new ideas. Our reasoning skills develop, too, and that helps us to make well-thought out decisions when we are faced with tricky situations in our lives.

Primary Ethics Bites are based on the Primary Ethics classes that have been developed for use by trained volunteer facilitators in NSW public schools. Ethics classes use a community of inquiry – the asking power of the group – to work together in discussion. The community of inquiry approach provides students with the opportunity to reflect on and form their own responses and consider the ideas of others in a safe and supportive environment.

Our Bites complement ethics classes by allowing students to keep exercising their questioning and reasoning skills in the current learn-from-home environment. Read more about the community of inquiry approach. You might also like to watch this video for a great explanation of philosophical ethics.

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NEW! Please tell us about our new digital lessons — we’d love to know how to improve. A short 4-minute survey for adults is here, and with your permission, older children (Class years 3-6) can also tell us what they think here

Resources

Primary Ethics Bites! Week 5


Harry Harley for web

Kindy – Year 2

When Harry met Harley

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Right to liberty for web

Year 3 – Year 6

The right to life and liberty

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Primary Ethics Bites! Week 4


Meerkat for web

Kindy – Year 2

Should Neo tell on his sister?

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Primary Ethics Bites! Week 3


Primary Ethics Bites! Week 2


 

Kindy – Year 2

What a whale might know

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Orangutan for web

Year 3 – Year 6

Animals in captivity

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Primary Ethics Bites! Week 1


 

Doing harm web image

Kindy – Year 2

Doing harm without meaning to

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers

 

Disagreeing repectfully web image

Year 3 – Year 6

Disagreeing respectfully

Read: Introductory note for parents and carers