Philosophy: Where does the sky end?

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By Sue Cowleyeducation author and trainer

Help develop children’s thinking skills with the final article in our philosophy in pictures series

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I’m sure that you can remember lying on your back as a child, looking up at the clouds and imagining that you could see creatures, faces and other worlds (see the poem on Activity sheet 3, ‘A cotton wool gallery’). There’s something magical about the sky, with its ever-changing features and wealth of different cloud formations. In this article, clouds are used as a theme to develop children’s philosophical thinking. It’s a great starting point for some ‘head in the clouds’ style thinking, and a wonderful reason to take your class outside looking up into the great outdoors.

Don’t forget to use the stunning Poster, ‘Clouds’ and its accompanying activity sheets.

Activities

  1. Where does the sky end?
  2. Every cloud has a silver lining
  3. I wandered lonely as a cloud
  4. A promise is a cloud; fulfilment is rain
  5. What do you think is meant by the phrase ‘blue sky thinking’?
  6. Can clouds ever be described as beautiful?
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