Who?

….is Childrenthinking

Childrenthinking is a UK educational consultancy run by full-time teachers.  It trains teachers and children in Philosophy for Children.  It was established in 2000 by Maria Cornish, who was later joined by Sara Stanley.

Childrenthinking is committed to inclusive practice-based training that develops with the children and adults who are engaged in the learning.  For more information on the training we off er see  “Training”.

Sara S tanley

I graduated with a B.Ed (Hons) from Homerton College, Cambridge in 1997. I am Foundation Stage Leader and  full time nursery Teacher at Sparhawk Infant & Nursery School, Norwich. My teaching is characterised by the development of philosophical skills through philosophical play, analysis of children’s story telling and enquiry based role play.

In addition my teaching is constructed and led by the children through the use of quality picture books to develop thematic learning, philosophical understanding and enquiry. I am a level One trainer with SAPERE .

I am currently writing a  follow up book to “But Why?” offering more skills and play based enquiry activities and ideas for using philosophy in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. “Why Think?” will be published in 2012.

Maria Cornish

I am a Deputy Headteacher at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School in Norfolk, UK.  I graduated with a BA(Hons) from Dartington College of Arts in Devon in 1990 and completed my PGCE at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

I have taught across the whole Primary Phase and have been a Class Teacher in Reception, Years 1, 2, 3 and 4.  I currently have a Reception class and am EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Leader alongside my role as Deputy.  I am studying for the NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship).

I came across Philosophy for Children (P4C)  during my time at Tuckswood First School in Norwich.  I later trained with Karin Murris, Joanna Haynes and Roger Sutcliffe of  SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) attending the Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses. It was during this time that I met, and trained with, Sara.   Since 2000 we have been training teachers and students in Philosophy with Children.

I am convinced that P4C has a profound effect on children’s ability to reflect, reason and think creatively.   Engaging in Enquiry allows children to examine their lives as children and encourages a reflective approach essential as they enter adult life.   My passion for this work has led to personal research in the areas of P4C, drama, imagination and emotional literacy.

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