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The Blooming Minds Handbook for Teachers

The Blooming Minds Handbook is an invaluable resource and used by both Year 4 teachers as a ‘bible’ in running sessions. The lesson plans are really well designed and the breakdown into stages of the lesson is very helpful. [Year

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What is Ethics

If your computer does not run Windows, stop right here. This does not affect you – but other problems might, so always keep your antivirus up to date. If you are using Windows, read on. Gameover Zeus is a particularly nasty piece

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Knowledge, Sources and Certainty

Where does our knowledge come from? Do we have some hard-wired or intuitive knowledge, or are we born like a blank slate, gaining all of what we know from our experiences in the world? In this introductory lesson we will

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Humans and Animals

In what ways can we capture and best define what it is to be human? Is the classical distinction between mind and body a good basis for determining our essential and non-essential traits? As human animals we have a great

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What’s in a Name?

This session explores the topic of proper names — the name we use to pick out one, unique, individual person. What is the meaning of a name; to what does it refer (particularly in the case of long-dead historical figures)? 

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Our History

Blooming Minds is a project run by Kath Jones, a senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Greenwich. Kath has been teaching philosophy to adults and children and performing philosophical storytelling for many years. She has developed Blooming Minds

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Open-Closed Questions and Agree-Disagree game

Open questions play crucial role in inquiry and debate, especially, but not exclusively in philosophy. In this session we will distinguish between open and closed questions and try to formulate good open questions for debate. We will also introduce the

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Personal Identity and Change

What are the things about us that make us who we are? There are many things about us that change over the period of our lives, and even over a single day, but are there some things that remain unchanged

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Go for a walk – another great way to do philosophy!

Frédéric Gros, a philosopher of walking has written a book all about the importance of walking and thinking. Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Kant, Rousseau, Thoreau all used walking as a part of their work. A little wander could unearth the latest great

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Great Philosophy Quotes

A great list of quotes from all the key philosophers. Have a look here Check it out and be inspired!

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Recent Praise
  • The Blooming Minds Handbook is an invaluable resource and used by both Year 4 teachers as a ‘bible’ in running sessions. The lesson plans are really well designed and the breakdown into stages of the lesson is very helpful. [Year 4 class teacher]

     

    The Blooming Minds Handbook for Teachers
  • My Year 5 class have been lucky enough to participate in Philosophy sessions with Kath for the past 5 weeks. Many children in my class have trouble maintaining friendships and there are often arguments and unhealthy gossip. There are also several children who display particularly difficult behaviour. Since the children have taken part in the Philosophy sessions, there has been a visible improvement in their attitude and outlook on their own behaviour. The sessions have had a significant impact on the way the children think and I often have conversations with them during the week in which they reflect back to the session. I often hear the phrase, “That’s like in Philosophy when Kath said…” or “It’s like we learned in Philosophy, we shouldn’t let our emotions push us to make bad decisions”. The phrases “I agree” and “I disagree” are now used regularly in the classroom, and the children readily speak about making decisions and using justification. I cannot begin to explain how pleasing it is for me, as their class teacher, to hear them reflecting in this way and using what they have learnt in the session to think about and improve their own skills and behaviour. Simply wonderful. [Y5 class teacher]

    Improving behaviour and reflective thinking