PSHE KS1/KS2: Why should I be good?

This adaptation of Peter Worley’s, 'The If Machine' explores the concept of morality.

A boy finds a ring of invisibility and explores ways in which he can use it.

How do we know the difference between right and wrong?

Where do our motives for behaviour come from?

This short film encourages youngsters to reflect on the origins of morality; whether it be parents and teachers, a religion, or whether we are born knowing the difference between right and wrong.

This short film is from the BBC series, What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a lesson starter for a philosophical discussion around what it means to be ‘good’, and how we know the difference between right and wrong.

The class could watch the clip in parts with pauses for discussion.

Pupils could sit in a circle and, using the questions at the end of each part, stimulate a discussion on where our ideas of right and wrong come from.

Further questions for discussion could include: "How do you know what is right and wrong?" at the end of part 1; "What stops you from doing naughty things all the time?" or "Is it ever okay to be naughty?" at the end of part 2; and "Is it still worth doing good things if nobody sees you?" at the end of Part 3.

Children could be encouraged to add reason to their answers, to explain their opinions and to present alternative viewpoints, in order to stimulate deeper thought and discussion.

Encourage pupils to agree or disagree without judging, and move the discussion forward by asking for new thoughts.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS1 and KS2 in England and Wales, and 1st and 2nd levels in Scotland.

More from What Makes Me, Me? And Other Interesting Questions:

Am I always responsible for my actions?
What makes me, me?
What’s fair?
Who owns the sky?