Hi everybody,

We hope you are keeping safe and well during these challenging days. This year certainly hasn’t gone as planned for any of us, but we are still able to bring you some philosophical adventures and exciting news for 2021. We have already released one major update this year, and we have plenty more still to come!

Delphi on YouTube

I’m delighted to tell you that Delphi is now on YouTube! You can now watch the complete story of Delphi the Philosopher as an interactive philosophy adventure for children. This is the first time we’ve made the full story freely available – 3 and a half hours of philosophical adventures, big questions and silly jokes. This will be a brilliant resource for developing children’s thinking skills, whether it be for home learning, with a group of children in school or as a fun and fascinating bedtime story. Start the adventure on our YouTube channel here.

For more details about the story, including how it can develop children’s learning and thinking skills and to see the stories in action in school, click through to our main page for Delphi the Philosopher here.

Delphi Philosophy Subscription Service

Very soon, we are going to be giving our store a major update – as we launch the new Delphi Philosophy subscription service! This will give you an annual subscription to access everything we have produced, and will produce, on a special ‘members only’ section of the website. On launch, this will include all of the following:

  • The full scheme of work for Delphi the Philosopher, including the full set of resources and lesson plans

  • Access to all of our Enquiry Packs

  • The full set of printable resources for Delphi’s Guide to Athens

  • A new ‘Teacher’s Toolkit’ section, containing extensive advice and information on teaching and assessing philosophy with children

  • First access to trial versions of new enquiries – including ‘Best Teacher Ever’: the brand-new three-part enquiry on the topic of how we learn

  • Access to a members’ area, where you can ask questions and share ideas with other members

  • And – first access to this:

Delphi the Dreamer – Coming Later in 2021!

The next scheme of work to follow Delphi the Philosopher is on its way! We have been working on this for well over a year now, and will contain ten brand new enquiries as Delphi faces her toughest philosophical challenges yet. This story and scheme of work will suit slightly older or more experienced children than our first scheme of work, and will be perfect to develop the thinking skills of children from 9-13. But who is this mysterious figure with Delphi? You’ll just have to wait until later in the year to find out!

This year has been so difficult for so many people, so we hope that we can at least give your little ones some philosophical fun this year! There’s never been a more important time to keep children thinking and laughing.

Best wishes to you all.

Dave and Rosie

Delphi Philosophy

Hi everybody,

We got asked recently by Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson to write a blog for Advocating Classics Education, an organisation promoting the teaching of Classics in schools. Arlene has been wonderfully supportive of us and we were delighted to do it!

You can read the blog on the Advocating Classics Education blog here.

Amidst a very busy term for us, we have been teaching Delphi the Philosopher to our new classes! It is a joy to teach this story and these lessons once again, and the children seem to be enjoying it just as much as in previous years. It is also proving invaluable in developing their learning skills after such a huge disruption in their learning. Last year, we produced a series of lesson blogs, with extensive video and photos, which show what these lessons are like - you can explore them all here.

If you're teaching with Delphi this term, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us and share what you're getting up to, or come and find us on Twitter or Facebook.

We've also been busy preparing new resources for you. It looks like after a quieter 2020 (in terms of releasing new things, not in terms of everything else!), next year is shaping up to be a big year for us. Watch this space... exciting developments are on their way!

We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times. Every day we work with children is a day well spent.

All the best,

Dave and Rosie.

Delphi Philosophy.

Hi everybody,

It’s been a long time since our last update. The impact of the pandemic has meant we’ve had to change our plans quite a bit for this year, but we’ve also been busy developing new Delphi resources too. Now we’re looking forward to the new school year and keen to get back to taking children on philosophical adventures again. We hope you are all keeping safe and well, and are looking forward to the challenges that still lie ahead!

Rebuild Learning Skills

Many schools are now looking at how they can welcome children back to school safely, support their mental wellbeing and start to rebuild their learning skills to catch up for their lost time in school. Delphi Philosophy can form an invaluable part of this. There are always many reasons to teach philosophy to children. In particular at this time, you will help children:

  • develop metacognition – one of the key ‘levers’ of the recovery curriculum, to develop a wide range of learning and life skills

  • rebuild their reading and comprehension skills as you share the storytelling adventure together

  • rebuild children’s communication and language skills

  • develop their reasoning and logical skills, which will support their mathematical understanding

  • develop the community of the class, learning respect for each other’s ideas

  • re-engage with the curriculum with a fun and engaging adventure!

Teaching philosophy to children this year will have more impact than ever so there’s never been a better time to introduce your children to Delphi.

Here’s a reminder of what we offer:

  • Our first full scheme of work for key stage 2, Delphi the Philosopher, includes eleven fully illustrated stories, with detailed lesson plans, slideshows, activities, resources and a teaching guide. The whole story is written so that children develop their listening, questioning, reasoning and explaining skills as they follow along. You can see all the lessons in action through our lessons blogs and see what children think of it with our videos. Download the whole scheme here for £50.

  • Enquiry Packs are a great way to try out a session with a class, or focus on one particular topic or theme. You can download each pack, containing the story, slideshow, lesson plan, resources and guide for just £5 each. Browse our Enquiry Store here.

  • The Home Version of Delphi the Philosopher is an ideal resource if you are home educating. Download the whole story, with bonus content unique to this edition, for just £10.

  • Delphi’s Guide to Athens is a completely free website for children, packed with stories, illustrations, photos, big questions and facts. Perfect if you are doing a Greek topic, or for discussions, an interactive class novel or independent work in school or at home.

Over the next year, we are planning to add plenty more resources – including a second full scheme of work for upper key stage 2, new enquiry packs, a special enquiry about learning to learn, and beginning our series of picture books for key stage 1 - and there will be even more to follow! Once things settle down a bit, we will be asking for help to trial new resources, as well as sharing some great teaching and learning advice, so keep an eye out for future e-mails.

If you’re interested in some grown-up philosophical conversations too, you might be interested in After Dinner Conversation - https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/ They have a huge range of short stories available which are sure to generate a few late night debates! They also offer a virtual book club, podcasts and accept submissions for stories so is well worth a look.

That’s all for today! We wish you a very positive next few months, to you and your little philosophers.

All the best,

Dave and Rosie.

Delphi Philosophy.

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