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Our History

Blooming Minds is a project created and run by Kath Jones. Kath was senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Greenwich for 15 years. For the last 10 of these years Kath ran the Blooming Minds project with a

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Illusion and Reality

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Lesson Plans

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A range of tried and tested free-to-access lesson plans with learning objectives, resource materials, an overview of the philosophical topic and suggestions for further reading. Ideas for assessment and additional activities are also available here. Head over to Take it

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Bringing philosophy to fresh minds

Blooming Minds runs courses and provides training by professional philosophers in presenting philosophical ideas to children and young people.

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Deeply Inside

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Thoughts And Praise

The stories are really interesting. You get a picture in your mind of what’s happening and you want it to go on and on.

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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