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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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The Thinking Room

There are a number of techniques that have proven very effective in setting the appropriate mood for the start or end of a philosophy class. The most effective exercise, and the one preferred by most children is the Thinking Room.

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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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How to Run a Session

This document gives clear instructions and guidance on how to run a run a Philosophy session using the Blooming Minds approach. There is crucial information on the nature of facilitation and details of techniques and strategies that can be used

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Truth and Lies

This session uses stories and thought experiments to explore the issue of truth and deception. What are our reasons for condemning lying? What impact does lying have on the liar as well as those lied to? Under what circumstances might

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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