Author Archives: Kate

reflections on week one

This week I have been challenged by a range of theories and practices of childhood and Philosophy and to the call to bring an ‘epistemological shudder‘ to the thinking of those of us who work with children. I have observed two different styles of philosophic inquiry with children … Continue reading

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philosophy with four year olds

What an inspiring day. I observed Steve Hoggins, a philosopher and teacher with specialist training in Primary, Nursery and ESL facilitate three philosophy sessions with three and four year olds.  Steve works with The Philosophy Foundation (http://www.philosophy-foundation.org) a not-for-profit organisation that trains and delivers philosophy programs … Continue reading

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doing Maths on a pirate ship

Louisa Munro-Morris, a recently appointed Principal to Landsdowne Primary School in Cardiff is implementing a strategy for radically reforming the Foundation Stage. This included a pirate ship being the location of the Numeracy program. Louisa is a trained Philosophy teacher … Continue reading

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the storytelling curriculum in action

Four years ago when Anna Bolt was appointed Principal of Glyncollen Primary School in  Swansea, she asked her staff to abandon the formal literacy program and adopt the Story Telling Curriculum (STC) instead. As a pilot she focused on the … Continue reading

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making meaning through walk and talk

I awoke bubbling with questions after spending last night reading the recent research Dr. Sue Lyle had undertaken on the impact of Philosophy for Children (P4C) on children, teachers and schools. My interest in this paper was that it underpins the purpose of my … Continue reading

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walking with moles and badgers, fairies and ghosts

I arrived mid afternoon at a place I’ve never been before to meet a person I’ve never spoken to before. Dr Sue Lyle, Director of Dialogue Exchange (www.dialogueexchange.com) proposed a walk to blow off the cobwebs. And blown we were … Continue reading

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discovering blog gems

Three weekends left, all appointments reconfirmed and now time for further research.  I’m uncovering some great blog gems. Things that are important by Suzanne Axellson.  A mission for preschoolers using cameras to decide what’s important. Schemas in Children’s Play by Clare Caro. … Continue reading

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