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The Watchmaker
From Delphi the Dreamer


Where do you go when you need help?  Delphi’s dad has been captured, the adults are pretending to be emperors and teapots, and there is a good chance she is still dreaming.  But surely the gods can help?  When Delphi enters the Parthenon and finds a forest inside, she knows it can’t be real – however when she discovers an unfamiliar, ticking contraption she decides that someone must have made it.  And if that’s true for the watch…  Delphi takes on William Paley in this moving and thought-provoking story about whether you can prove that gods exist – or whether it is something you can never truly know.

This download consists of The Watchmaker enquiry from Delphi the Dreamer.


This story is based around William Paley’s argument for the existence of God, and explores questions about whether this can ever be proved.  In this story, Delphi is thinking about the Greek gods, so offers a slightly distanced way of discussing these issues – however, you will need to be sensitive to the cultural background of your children and overall curriculum.  Delphi effectively has a dialogue with herself in this chapter, and leaves the answer open to interpretation.  In terms of learning, children make the next step in using logic, identifying and using philosophical arguments which are constructed from premises and logical conclusions.  There are also several opportunities for more extended written responses, and this lesson could link into a school’s wider Religious Education provision.


  • The full colour e-book of The Watchmaker from Delphi the Dreamer, including guidance notes for teachers throughout.
  • Detailed lesson plan.
  • The newly updated Delphi Philosophy Enquiry Guide, a quick-start guide to teaching with Delphi Philosophy.
  • Picture slideshow, including all the questions and hand drawn and painted colour illustrations.
  • All the sentence stems and other resources ready to print off for your classroom.


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Please note that due to disruption caused by Covid-19, we were unable to trial these resources as thoroughly as we usually would.  Therefore, materials may change in the future - but should the resources change substantially, we will be in touch and happy to send you an updated version.  We would also value your feedback in the ongoing development of these materials.

The Watchmaker - Enquiry Pack

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