This one day course offers a thorough, practical and thought provoking introduction to developing philosophy in the EYFS and Primary setting.
It will focus on;
• How to use children’s play and dialogue to develop a community of enquiry.
• How practitioners can develop and support facilitation of children’s questions and ideas.
• How daily Question Board activities can be used to develop reasoning and understanding of philosophical concepts.
• How philosophy can be used to develop creative thinking skills across the curriculum through speaking and listening, reasoning, questioning and building ideas.
• Using traditional stories and fairy tales to explore philosophical themes.
• Stepping inside picture books to experience philosophical themes.
• Resources, games and activities to develop philosophical thinking.
• Practical examples of children’s work. (This can also include working with a small group of children if there are any available in the setting.)
• How to work with parents to open up thinking and communication at home.
The day usually runs from 9.30-3.30 but can be flexible where necessary.
The course should have at least 10 participants and no more than 20.
PRICE ON APPLICATION (non-refundable, but can be transferred to colleagues) This cost includes one copy of Sara’s latest book “Why Think?”
Hosting schools are entitled to 2 free places and a free copy of the book in return for a kettle, mugs and the use of suitable room in the venue, including a projector. The advertising of the course is also much appreciated.
If you are interested in hosting or attending one of these courses please email
firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form.
About me-Sara Stanley specialises in creating philosophical worlds in the classroom, sharing her passion for picture books to develop all aspects of creative learning and thinking. She entices the children to create a whole class journey through dialogues and enquiries based on their everyday play, language and storytelling
Using a combination of tried and tested techniques and practical resources Sara Stanley develops philosophical skills to enable children from as young as 3 to become critical thinkers and facilitators of ordered and structured dialogue, storytelling and role play.
Sara Stanley is a registered level 1 SAPERE Trainer and National and International keynote speaker. She runs workshops, Insets and courses in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and enabling enquiry based classroom environments.
She is also involved in long term projects working in Early Years settings in South African townships.
Her work is cited as “Inspirational, practical and rooted in thorough, intuitive understanding of how children think and learn”
Sara is a B Ed graduate of Homerton College, Cambridge where she specialised in English, drama and Children & Literature, subjects which continue to strongly influence her work in Early Years Education.
“Why think?” Philosophical Play 3-11 (Continuum Bloomsbury 2012)
“Creating Enquiring Minds” (Continuum 2006).
“But Why? Developing Philosophical Thinking in the Classroom” (NEP 2004)
Sara is an Early Years contributor to www.P4C.com and has written a series of articles on philosophy in the Foundation Stage for Teach Nursery magazine and Scholastic publications including the popular Read & Respond series.