From the Chalkface

by Steve Hoggins

I had a breakthrough with one of my pupils this week, all initiated by a great learning support mentor who has also helped with our Young Philosophers group (a termly meet up of children from across Lewisham who are good at philosophy, and who don’t normally get these opportunities. The aim of the group is to inspire children, raise attainment, and also for us to keep in contact with children who would benefit from extra support).

Our class had a new arrival last term, an extremely quiet pupil who wasn’t making friends and refused to speak in philosophy. The quiet pupil was assigned a learning mentor after the first few weeks and a couple of weeks after the learning mentor approached me to say that this pupil had been talking about philosophy in their one-to-one lessons.

Posted by on 17th March 2015 at 12:00am


Category: Education, P4C

Tags: P4C, Young Philosophers, Steve Hoggins

Working with Concepts

Philosophy is not part of the curriculum so why on earth should anyone spend time doing philosophy with their class?

Posted by on 26th November 2014 at 12:00am


Category: Education, P4C, Philosophy

Tags: P4C, philosophy for children, Philosophy in the classroom, Conceptual Learning

Stoic Week Philosophy Session Plan

Here’s a lesson plan for Years 6 and up (and able Y5s) on Stoic-related themes for Stoic Week. Draw from it what you want. Taken from Peter Worley‘s forthcoming book, 40 lessons to get children thinking [September 2015].

Posted by on 25th November 2014 at 12:00am


Category: Education, P4C, Philosophy

Tags: philosophy for children, philosophy in schools, Stoicism, Lesson Plans

The Question X Revisited

We read this blog ‘Closed Question Quizzing, Unfashionable Yet Effective‘ by Andy Tharby the other day. The virtues of closed questioning are well known toThe Philosophy Foundation as they are central to our philosophical questioning approach, so we wanted to share this extract taken from a chapter entitled ‘If it, Anchor it, Open it up: A closed, guided questioning technique‘ that Peter Worley has written for the forthcoming book The Socratic Handbook

Posted by on 12th November 2014 at 12:00am


Category: P4C, Philosophy

Tags: Open and closed Questioning, P4C

How to use poetry for philosophy enquiries

Pete explains how to use poetry in the classroom to get a philosophy discussion going.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 9th October 2014 at 12:00am


Category: Poetry, Philosophy, P4C

Tags: National Poetry Day