philosophy is everywhere

Not only can we do philosophy with very young children but we must do it for it is the evidence that we are listening and respecting children’s dialogues. I visited Maaike Lahaise, the Director of skrubbelund barnehage (scrubland preschool), a government owned, Reggio Emilia inspired centre of 70 children and 18 adults with the children in […]

the trinity of theory+practice+training

I am in Oxford visiting SAPERE, the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education. My interest is to look at the training and the delivery of philosophy in schools. In New South Wales, we run a similar Level One FAPSA accredited course but this is more on an ad hoc basis. […]

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 – one a dedicated session with a skilled philosophy practitioner, the other an integrated lesson conducted […]

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 into schools. Steve is engaged by the Clyde Early Learning Centre in London to deliver three […]

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 and currently completing her PHD on Philosophy and Children.  She is keen to embed Philosophy […]

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 Foundation Stage, which includes the Nursery School (3 to 4 years) Reception, Year One and […]

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 by icy Atlantic winds as we trekked ‘in the dying light‘ across the dramatic landscape of the Gower […]

one month to go

Just five weeks away from departure and with a mixture of  panic and excitement I’m trying to finish mid year reports, do daily checks on the exchange rate and lock down the meetings many which were arranged over six months ago.  During this trip I will use this site as a diary, categorising posts by noting special people, places and ideas I gather. […]