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URNE1 and Let Toys Be Toys – Philosophy for Christmas

By Thomas Bigglestone | December 13, 2017

We hope you enjoyed ‘Rudolph’s Revenge’ last week. This week, in our sign-off edition for 2017, a philosophy through creative writing session, “URNE1”. Your writers continue a series of diary entries about a child who receives an artificially intelligent playmate and has to choose its settings; then use their speculations as a stimulus for enquiry. The…

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P4C Christmas Special: Rudolph’s Revenge

By Thomas Bigglestone | December 6, 2017

We are entering the season of the Christmas Special, when familiar TV shows take on a celebratory feel with bigger and brighter versions of their usual offerings. Could you run a “P4C Christmas Special”, perhaps with a whole-school stimulus acted out in an assembly and simultaneous enquiries running across many classes? The attached dialogue, “Rudolph’s…

Where does charity begin? P4C Dialogue and Activity

By Thomas Bigglestone | November 29, 2017

In the run-up to Christmas, as much in reaction to the consumerism and gluttony as out of piety, there is an increased focus on charity. You might think that charity is one of those unproblematic good things. But in this attached dialogue –  Charity -(also pasted below) set in a school staffroom, explores some of the deeper…

Three Themes for Philosophy with Films

By Thomas Bigglestone | November 22, 2017

Films can be a powerful and immediate stimulus for philosophical enquiry. For teenagers, you could explore “How should I live?” using Groundhog Day, or “How do I know what is real?” using The Truman Show. At primary level, children’s visual literacy is often more advanced than their written literacy, so films aimed at children promote…

World Philosophy Day 2017 Challenge: What’s Your Constitution?

By Thomas Bigglestone | November 15, 2017

It’s World Philosophy Day on Thursday, so here’s a stimulus that pupils of all ages can enjoy. r Inspired by my recent training in South Africa, the challenge is to create a personal “Constitution” – What are the rules that you would set for yourself, so that in the future, you do the right thing even if…

“The Lost Thing” and Things About “Lost”

By Thomas Bigglestone | November 13, 2017

The concepts of belonging and being lost are common in children’s stories. If you’re a primary teacher, think about your classroom bookshelf – there is probably at least one book about something separated from where it belongs – Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, for example. Or here’s a poem (with lost line breaks!) from…

Jason delivering P4C training in South Africa

By Thomas Bigglestone | November 3, 2017

We were so privileged to host internationally acclaimed Jason Buckley, talking to us about Philosophy Circles 💡💡 @makethinkingfun — Holy Rosary School (@HolyRosaryJHB) October 27, 2017

7 Ways to Use Objects and a Two-for-One Training Offer

By Thomas Bigglestone | October 13, 2017

Objects play a big role in our teaching. They’re familiar, available, and engaging – 3D beats 2D. They’re also a versatile tool in P4C. In this issue, how we can use objects for warm ups, hands-on stimuli, and in facilitation. Read the P.S. for a two-for-one training offer.  r Warm-up Games  r Pointing At Stuff – many…

P4C Poem on Freedom for National Poetry Day

By Thomas Bigglestone | October 10, 2017

Thursday 28th September is, and the theme is “freedom”. Here’s my contribution, a question poem asking which freedoms are most important: physical, psychological or economic. Is it enough to be free from constraints or must you be actively free to make choices for yourself? Display copy attached. Freedom? No walls, no wire, No guards,…

The Eatometer

By Thomas Bigglestone | October 6, 2017

To follow last week’s “Freedom?” poem, here’s an activity exploring the connected concept of “control” in relation to food – The Eatometer. If you used the poem, you may find they reference that discussion – a community of enquiry noticing its own “history”. The Stimulus Like all –ometers, pupils arrange cards in an order. This…

The “Greyest Example”

By Thomas Bigglestone | September 23, 2017

This week, a video stimulus inviting thinking about how much we are connected to one another, and an exercise that invites careful thought about borderline cases. Are we “as one”? This video stimulus is a rather magnificent time-lapse of plants growing, set to a new-age, ecological soundtrack. The refrain of the song is around us…


  1. Sue Warburton on October 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    My granddaughter is 8 and home schooled. My daughter does not have much spare money but would love to invest in teaching P4c. Which books do you recommend for us to use. Thank you .

    • Thomas Bigglestone on October 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Sue, thank you for your message. To get started, and at low-cost, we’d recommend our two minibooks:

      Thinkers Games
      Philosophy Circles: Embed P4C in Your Curriculum

      Each can be found in our shop at £2.50 each, and we feel help teachers make an immediate start with P4c in their lessons. I’ve no doubt your daughter would find them highly useful on a daily basis.

      Do let us know if you’ve any further questions.

      Tom and Jason

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