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Speaking and Listening, Alone with Others

Speaking and listening alone with others. The aim of this first of a series of short pedagogical papers is to explain and briefly explore some aspects of the relation between philosophy for children and educational development. The observations are based

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Alan Turing’s Intelligence

  In celebration of Alan Turing’s birthday this week, a reflection on Alan Turing’s Intelligence.  We all have a tendency to look into ourselves and behold the paradigm by which intelligence should be measured.  Descartes noted this is in the

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Blooming Minds in SE. London & N. Kent Schools

For the last few months, the Blooming Minds team have been piloting our Teacher’s Handbooks and accompanying Pupil’s Workbooks with Year 4, 5 and 6 children at schools in N Kent and SE London. With feedback from participating teachers and

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A warning from the founder of the first Academy

The focus of current systems of education, from primary school all the way to University, is on gaining success in academic performance. In secondary schools and higher education there is additionally an increasing demand that learning be geared towards employability

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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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The Benefits of Philosophy for Children, for Teachers and their classroom

Philosophy deals with issues, dilemmas and questions that lie at the heart of human endeavor. Engaging in discussions about these will have a positive impact on all other activities and studies. In relation to Key Stages 1 and 2, philosophy

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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