NMPS – Saturday workshops

Saturday workshops for kids in Years 5 & 6
at North Melbourne Primary School

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Kids in Years 5 & 6 are invited to The Philosophy Club’s series of six 90-minute sessions on Saturdays in Term 2, 2020 (starting 16th May).

DATES

Six Saturdays: 16th May, 23rd May, 30th May, 6th June, 13th June, 20th June.

TIMES

To be advised. (Workshop times have not yet been set.)

COST

$205 per child (for the full series of six 90-minute workshops). Payment will be due two weeks prior to the first workshop.

Please note that these are small-group facilitated workshops with a limit of approximately 8 – 12 students per group.

PARENT INFO EVENING

There will be a free parent info evening at NMPS, 6 – 7pm on Tuesday 24 March. All are welcome, but please reserve your free place by visiting this booking page.

WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS ALL ABOUT?

At our Philosophy workshops, kids in Years 5 & 6 are invited to join in lively and engaging discussions about some of the deepest questions that have puzzled philosophers throughout the ages. Questions include: Are we truly free? How would you know if a machine is thinking? Can you imagine a perfect world? Could we ever communicate with aliens?

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WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN?

In our unique and vibrant small-group workshops, kids learn crucial skills that will help them succeed as students, as active citizens, and as thoughtful individuals who hope to lead a meaningful life.

Find out about the personal, social and intellectual skills that kids develop though the practice of collaborative philosophical enquiry. And discover why philosophy is now more important than ever in our children’s lives.

In The Philosophy Club’s workshops, kids learn vital skills of critical thinking, dialogue and collaboration, including:

  • how to express their thinking clearly and confidently to others
  • how to deal with controversial questions that don’t have clear-cut answers
  • how to work collaboratively with open-mindedness and respect for different perspectives
  • how to use evidence in an argument
  • how to question the assumptions underlying different points of view
  • how to evaluate different ideas, and weigh up more or less convincing arguments
  • how to reflect on the quality of their own reasoning (and how to improve it).

WHAT PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES WILL THE CHILDREN BE EXPLORING?

Six-week workshop outline for website

Thank you for your interest in this workshop series! I look forward to doing Philosophy with your child in Term 2.

Michelle Sowey
Director of The Philosophy Club and workshop series facilitator