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Delphi the Philosopher

Delphi loves to ask questions - she has grown up in ancient Athens after all, at the time of the first great philosophers.  However, when her friend Plato brings news that the legendary philosopher Socrates has been arrested, Delphi starts to realise that some questions are even bigger, and more dangerous, than she realised...

Join Delphi on a journey to learn what it takes to be a real philosopher - and it definitely isn't invisibility rings, magic potions, wishes from drunken gods or even having a pet unicorn (though a tortoise can be useful). 


With your help, Delphi will try and work it all out to save the only man in Athens who might really know the answers.

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Watch the video to hear about some of the children's highlights from Delphi the Philosopher!

Explore the Story!

Delphi the Philosopher is a story written to introduce primary age children to philosophy.


Each chapter, as well as telling Delphi's story, asks big questions that help to develop children's listening, questioning, reasoning and explaining skills.

The story continues in

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Delphi the Philosopher - Prologue



Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 2

Big Questions

Chapter 2

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 4

The Golden Mean

Chapter 4

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 6

The Perfect Bedroom

Chapter 6

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 8


Chapter 8

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 10


Chapter 10

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 1

The Trial of Socrates

Chapter 1

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 3

The Ring

Chapter 3

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 5

The Wish

Chapter 5

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 7


Chapter 7

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 9

The Escape

Chapter 9

Delphi the Philosopher has been created to be an ideal introduction to philosophy for children. 


During the story, children will develop their listening, questioning, reasoning and explaining skills, including learning to:


  • Give their opinion about philosophical questions

  • Use ‘because’ to justify their ideas

  • Ask philosophical questions

  • Use ‘if’ to give examples of their ideas

  • Identify the consequences of an idea

  • Use logic to adapt and improve an idea

  • Identify when a question has multiple possible answers

  • Discuss abstract ideas

  • Evaluate philosophical arguments

  • Speak persuasively to present an idea

  • Analyse philosophical arguments and give their response

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Read our lesson blogs to see the lessons in action!


During the Autumn term of 2019, we taught Delphi the Philosopher with our own Year 3 and Year 5 classes.  Read our detailed lesson blogs to see how the lessons look in practice.  Watch videos, see pictures and read about the incredible progress our children made, in one of the most detailed accounts of teaching philosophy to children available anywhere.


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For teachers and school leaders

The full set of resources for

Delphi the Philosopher

- everything you need to get teaching with Delphi at Primary level

School Version

The complete set of materials of Delphi the Philosopher - a new approach to philosophy for children based on interactive storytelling with in-built progression of thinking and learning skills. 

Learn more about the scheme of work here.


You will receive:

  • The full colour 148 page e-book of Delphi the Philosopher, including guidance notes for teachers throughout and a Quick Start guide.

  • Detailed lesson plans for each chapter to enable you to teach the full term's scheme of work (for age 7+).

  • The Delphi Philosophy Teacher's Guide, containing guidance on best practice in teaching philosophy and the skills progression framework to enable you to assess progress.

  • Picture slideshows for every chapter, including all the questions and over 150 hand drawn and painted colour illustrations.

  • The sentence stems and other display materials ready to print off for your classroom.

  • Examples of pupil work from throughout the scheme.

  • Lesson resources and additional illustrations - including a 'How to Draw Delphi' guide!​

  • Free updates to the Delphi the Philosopher scheme for life!

All resources in .pdf or .ppsx format.


For parents, home schoolers and young readers

The full story with all the illustrations in an easy to read format!

Home Version

Become a philosopher by following Delphi's adventures into the world of philosophy! 

With her best friend Plato, you'll meet famous philosophers like Socrates, explore big questions and learn how to develop your thinking skills. 

An ideal resource for parents or home schools keen to develop children's thinking skills or for independently reading children looking for big ideas and big laughs!



  • The full colour e-book of Delphi the Philosopher, containing the complete story, with all the questions and over 160 hand drawn and painted illustrations.

  • Includes a special introduction for parents and children - and extra pages on 'The True Story of Delphi the Philosopher' (exclusive to this version).

  • Also includes a special 'About the Authors' section - written by two young philosophers!

  • Presented in a larger font and with larger pictures for easy reading on a tablet.

Book in .pdf format.

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