Teaching Materials

Our FREE and commercially available teaching materials to show The Storytelling Curriculm in action and support Philosophy for Children.

Commercial PublicationsAvailable from Imaginative Minds

Lyle, S. (2010) Arctic Stories: a thematic approach to the Key Stage 2/3 Curriculum.

Lyle, S. (2011) A River Child: a thematic approach to the Key Stage 2/3 Curriculum.

Lyle, S. (2010) Journey into Children’s Minds. DVD on P4C in South Wales.

Photograph Packs

Exploring Childhood: Photo Pack

A Photo-Pack on the UNCRC for children and young people, 8—18.

Incredible India: Photo Pack

Lyle, S. (2012)

FREE ResourcesAvailable From Our Website

Activities: The Tunnel

To use these activities you will need a copy of the picture book, The Tunnel by Anthony Brown Walker (2008).

Talking About Mole & Basil

Using a picture book to explore the concept of justice with children 8–13.

Mole & Basil: Ideas for Classroom Use

To use these activities you will need a copy of the picture book, The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch (Illustrator) Pavilion Books.

Article: Jealousy and Cinderella

In schools that practice Philosophy for Children, the concept of jealousy may well come up as a focus for enquiry and it is an important concept to explore. In this article I want to think about how P4C teachers might prepare for an enquiry on jealousy.

Activities: I Want My Hat Back

To use these activities you will need a copy of the picture book I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (2011) Walker Books. Suitable for ages 5-16.

The Fragile Earth

Suitable for Upper Key Stage 2 and older.

Exploring the Concept of Anger Through a Philosophical Community of Enquiry

This is an enquiry plan for teachers to help children explore the concept of anger. The stimulus for enquiry is a poem I have written.

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Working with 4-7 year olds, the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears can be used to explore the abstract concepts of bravery/cowardly; naughty/good.

Article: Exploring Influences on Young People Today

Exploring Influences on Young People Today has a set of activities designed to give young people the space to explore issues most affecting them including violence and prejudice. They are designed to be used in conjunction with images that can be downloaded from the net. Age 11-18. 

Article: Planning Classroom Activities for Critical Thinking

Dr Sue Lyle discusses the principles that she argues underpin the successful development of critical thinking skills for children. Using an example from her teaching pack, ‘Arctic Stories’ (2008), she illustrates how to apply these principles during the planning process. Her cross-curriculum project plan ‘Ocean Environments’ featured in this edition also uses these principles.

Article: Evaluating EYFS

It can be temptingly easy to take a tick-box approach to evaluation in the early years – but according to Dr Sue Lyle, this does not provide the insight required to develop provision that fully meets children’s needs. Here, she proposes a four-stage evaluation process that does.

Evaluating EYFS: Manager's Briefcase

Manager’s Briefcase is SLT’s unique online collection of proformas, model documents and policy guides to assist school leaders.

Article: Mythic Understanding and the Foundation Phase

In this article Dr Sue Lyle explores some of the practical implications of Kieran Egan’s imaginative approach to teaching outlined by Rod Cunningham. The focus for this issue is the Mythic framework and how it can be applied to children between the ages of 3-7 (The Foundation Phase and Key Stage 1 in England; The Foundation Stage in Wales 3-7). In the next issue she will look at Romantic Understanding with the 8-13 age group.

Article: Imagination in Education

Dr Sue Lyle introduces the ideas of Kieran Egan, one of the world’s foremost thinkers on imaginative education, and considers the implications of his ideas for professional development.

Article: Romantic Understanding

In her second article Dr Sue Lyle continues to explore some of the practical implications
of Kieran Egan’s imaginative approach to teaching. The focus for this issue is the Romantic Framework and how it can be applied to children between the ages of 8-14 (Key Stage 2 and 3).

Thinking Skills: Mysteries - Animal Rearing and Global Warming

Suitable for Key Stage 3/4.

The Little Boy

Story by Dr Sue Lyle

Article: Incorporating Literacy

How can we inspire very young children to take an interest in literacy? Dr Sue Lyle makes it fun with a class hunt for signs, symbols and letters in the everyday environment.

Recommended Picture Books for 3-7 Year OldsPhilosophy for Children (P4C)