Ian Gilbert, the world renowned author of, ‘The Book of Thunks,’ worked with Year 6, posing philosophical questions, i.e. ‘Thunks,’ and encouraging independent thinking, ‘To enrich people’s lives by changing the way they think – and so to change the world’
The discussions were energetic and absorbing with pupils discussing questions that have no answer but promote thinking, he asked ‘Where does the sky end?’ and ‘Is black a colour?’
The sessions ended with each pupil reviewing the session with a sentence to cover the afternoon with one child saying, ‘I’ve learned there isn’t just one answer to a question.’
Ian Gilbert afterwards said that he was impressed with Year 6 and that there had been some very good thoughts and learning in the group.
This was endorsed by a parent who asked, ‘What have you being doing? I’ve never seen her buzzing like this.’
The Year 6 teachers were thrilled with the sessions and look forward to working on the concepts as the year progresses.