The Easter Egg


  1. Practice the exercise in focusing and
  1. Recall last week’s session and have someone describe the What was its purpose, and were any strategies used?
  1. Introduce and read ‘The Easter Egg Hunt’.
  1. Get children to make up three questions about the story and then in groups of three or four, ask each other the
  1. Give thinking time so that everyone can consider what they think is the main point of the In the same small groups, share the ideas, giving reasons for their choices. Children can question or ‘challenge’ if they think someone’s evidence is not very robust.
  1. Ask each group to choose what they think is the best idea, then put these forward to the class. Note these on the board. With everyone’s attention on the five or six ideas gathered, ask pupils how it would be possible to change each one into a philosophical question. (If necessary, tell children the nature of a philosophical question. Give an example, ‘Why are some people greedy?’). One by one, write down the questions that emerge from the
  1. Stimulate the dialogue using the ‘Questions for Thinking’.
  1. For a closure to the session, let the group collectively trace the route of the dialogue. (That is, what were the ideas at the beginning, how did they develop and change, and what was the finishing position?)
  1. Discuss the ‘Thought for the Week’.

The Easter Egg

It was nearly Easter. School had broken up for two weeks and Danny was looking forward to Saturday very much. Mum had said he could have an Easter Egg hunt in their garden and he could invite his friends round.

Danny talked about it so much that everyone got a bit fed up. ‘Oh, not the egg hunt again!’ complained his older sister, Rachel. ‘We’re having chocolate crème eggs,’ said Danny.

‘In my day we had hard boiled eggs which we painted,’ said Granddad. Danny turned up his nose. ‘What if you find two or three eggs?’ he said.

‘How could you eat them all?’

‘Better for your teeth,’ said Granddad.

At last Saturday came. Mum had the eggs all ready in a box. Danny gazed at the bright shiny paper wrapping and then counted them silently, pointing to each one as he did so. There were ten!

‘You get your nose out. I’m going to hide them in a minute,’ said his mum. ‘I’m going round to Barry’s house,’ said Danny, and went out of the door.

But he didn’t go to his friend’s house. Instead he hid behind the hedge where he had a good view of the garden. He saw his mum come out with the box of eggs in her hand. Then he watched as she carefully hid the eggs, one by one. Soon all ten were hidden and Danny grinned to himself and skipped off down the road.

‘Mum’s hiding the eggs now,’ he said to Barry. ‘She sent me here so I wouldn’t see where she hid them.’

Barry grinned and made smacking noises as he licked his lips.

It was fine but cold that afternoon. Danny, Barry and three friends stood at the back door, their eyes darting round the garden in case any of the eggs were glinting in the sunlight, waiting to be found.

‘Ready! Go!’ said mum.

They all dashed forward and then scattered to all corners of the garden.

Of course, Danny knew where all the eggs were and in no time he had five of them.

The funny thing was, it was no fun knowing where they were.

Everyone looked at him trying to hold them all and his mum frowned.

Barry had found two eggs, Lindsay one and Joanna one. Poor Mike had none at all and was looking very disappointed, almost in tears.

‘Well,’ said mum. ‘I think you should give one of yours to Mike, Danny. That would be fair, wouldn’t it?’

Suddenly the excitement had gone out of the afternoon. The happy faces of Danny’s friends were now gloomy. Danny gave Mike an egg and one by one his friends went home.

Some big dark clouds rolled over the sky and it began to rain.

‘Let’s go inside, Danny,’ said mum. ‘You’ll want to enjoy your Easter eggs.’


1.  What made Danny hide behind the hedge?

2.  Why do you think the game was no fun for Danny?

3.  How do you think Danny felt when he had five eggs? Why?

4.  How do you think Danny’s friends felt?

5.  Do you think his friends would come back for any other party or game? Why?

6.  Danny was greedy and he cheated. What was the effect of him cheating?

7.  What is cheating? (Gain several different examples).

8.  Why do people cheat? Do you cheat?

9.   Some people don’t cheat. What do you think stops them from cheating?

10.   Is it easier to cheat or not cheat?  Why?  What makes you say so?

11.   What would happen if everyone cheated?  Didn’t cheat?