Archive: 2016

  1. We need to make time for Philosophy!

    “Open ended, inclusive, thought provoking. We need to make time for philosophy.” This comment is from one of the teachers we were working with today in Central London. There were lots of enthusiasm for the activities, games and the enquiry and this feedback sums up the session:

    “Brilliant! Many activities were covered and ways to adapt them as well as giving us the experiences we will be giving our pupils. It’s given me many ideas to take back to the classroom…”

  2. While the storms rage…

    Yesterday, while storms were raging outside, we were with a very motivated group of teachers in Leytonstone exploring what happiness means, what the difference between happiness and contentment may be and whether a person needs to have felt sadness in order to appreciate happiness.

    Here are some comments from the training session:

    “Amazing – really developed my understanding of “thinking” and what to expect from children.”

    “Really clear. Great examples. All relevant – lots of examples and models of how to introduce topic ideas and games.”

    “Really good stimulus and facilitation of discussion. I’ll definitely be doing P4C sessions with my class now. Thank you.”

  3. What is happiness?

    What is happiness? Do we experience happiness differently? Are there different levels of happiness? Do we need to feel sadness to appreciate happiness? These were all questions which came out of the Inset training sessionĀ  this week in London and here’s some of the feedback from the session:

    “Very deep thinking required but really engaging and interesting.”

    “Lots of opportunity for really insightful discussion. Excellent practical ideas to use with the children.”

    “Extremely useful, delivered brilliantly. Really useful both for self practice and working with children.”

    “Well paced, challenging with time to reflect. Intriguing and thought provoking…”

  4. Great thinking!

    Wow – great thinking in the latest school we’ve worked with! We loved working with 25 enthusiastic staff members, teachers and TAs. Everyone got involved and the training session flew by…

    “Really well presented by both ladies. They clearly both knew what they were talking about and delivered it in a very effective way. Really interesting way to look at the teaching of philosophy and how it can be built into the primary curriculum.”

    “Very well presented. I liked the way there was enough time without the need to rush to the next thing. Content was informative and gives me ideas to use in class.”

  5. Does the Brain Rest?

    What a brilliant question!

    There’s a great Radio 4 programme broadcast yesterday about brain wandering, daydreaming, thinking and what goes on in the brain, here’s the link:

  6. Philosophy Wall – what do you think?

    Our philosophy wall is there during training for people to post questions or thoughts. These are some thought provoking offerings from a recent training session in London:

    “Is it possible to stop thinking?”

    “Is it ever OK to steal?”

    “Do we all see things in the same way – eg does the colour red look the same to me as it does to someone else?”

    “Deja vu – how is it possible to have seen / experienced something that has never happened before?”

    What do you think?


  7. With the end of a glorious summer and the start of a new school year we have been traveling far and wide to deliver p4c training. Our first Inset day was in Northampton with a very enthusiastic group of teachers who really threw themselves into the training. Here are a couple of their comments:

    Presentation – “Informative and clear, brilliant delivery and enthusiasm in subject.” “Very friendly, made me feel I could share my views and opinions.” “Clear and people centred, felt comfortable, a good model of how to conduct a session.”

    Was the session useful? “Yes, very – underpins our goals for S and L and enquiry based learning.” “Fantastic to encourage those open ended, thought provoking questions and a reminder that less is more! Many thanks.”

  8. An excellent training day…

    “An excellent training day with clear, relevant content. A vast amount of ideas to use back in the classroom and a really useful information pack.” This is one of the feedback comments from our training on the outskirts of Birmingham yesterday. Here are a couple more:
    “Dot and Barbara are clearly exerts and speak with a wealth of real and recent experiences.”

    “Presenters shared their ideas and experiences of p4c in real classroom settings. Many questions answered honestly to support any concerns and encourage deep thinking.”


  9. Proposed RE curriculum

    Asking big questions…

    Enquiring into faith…

    Why do people have the belief they have…?

    How does faith affect people’s lives…?

    This is exactly the sorts of questions children ask in philosophy for children!

  10. Thanks for such inspiring input

    “It was a really good session – the staff are still buzzing about it. We’ve got a follow up meeting on Monday to talk about how we put it into practice now. Thanks for such inspiring input.”

    This comment is from the head at the latest school we worked with. We had a great morning with a very enthusiastic staff group. Here are some more comments:

    • clear focus
    • presenters had a nice, easy going manner
    • useful ideas
    • could see the benefits of activities in all areas of the curriculum
    • very do-able straightforward activities to use with whole class and small groups
    • packed a lot into a short time
    • gave a brilliant introduction to the concept
    • staff enthused and raring to go