Philosophy - Legendary thoughts

14th December 2012 at 00:00

We talk to 13-year-old pupil Alfie Bragg (pictured above) about the importance of Philosophy for Children and how a book called The If Odyssey got his class hooked.

When did you become interested in philosophy?

I was about 7 when I had my first lesson with the Philosophy Foundation at primary school. Peter Worley's book The If Odyssey encouraged us to examine stories in an analytical way, which is helpful when you are studying English or history.

What did you study from the book?

Lots of stories about Troy and the adventures of Odysseus. I particularly enjoyed the tales about the Trojan Horse, the Sirens and the Lotus Eaters: they are presented in a way that is really easy to understand. It helped that we were dealing with questions of philosophy, but we were hooked on the stories.

How does The If Odyssey work?

We were told the story of the Laestrygonians and we were all intrigued. Then we were asked whether it is OK for humans to eat other humans, which left our brains swirling. We had to discuss it with the person sitting next to us. Suddenly, everything you think comes out at once; everyone's talking and you find a solution. We had 12 sessions over a term and learned the value of thinking differently.

The If Odyssey: a philosophical journey through Greek myth and storytelling for eight- to 16-year-olds by Peter Worley is published by Bloomsbury Education. It is available through the Philosophy Foundation: bit.lyT1xfNu

What else?

Explore the wonders of ancient Greece using the TES collection. bit.lytesAncientGreece.

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