Maths | Philosophy | Science


A very warm welcome to Marcelo's Trilogy of Masterclasses for the Spring Term 2022.

Following the success of his previous Masterclasses, Marcelo has designed three sessions that immerse the children in really exciting creative thinking and practical activities in Maths, Philosophy and Science. The sessions will link with each other to ensure that, by the end, every child develops a really deep and lifelong love of learning and of thinking. Marcelo is also thinking of including zoom chats with famous experts as part of each of the sessions!

Marcelo would also like to celebrate the recent publication of his book 'The Joy of Not Knowing' and its nomination as best education book for 2021 by offering all children who register for these sessions a signed and dedicated copy of the book to keep and enjoy for ever and ever!

15th Jan 2022
Developing a Love of Numbers and all things Mathematical

WARNING! 'This course could leave you addicted to maths for life!'

Would you like to spend a day playing with numbers, achieving amazing things and taking home lots of ideas and things you've made? The day is devoted to the fascinating world of mathematics, during which you will do things you never thought possible and think about things from completely different angles (lots more jokes like these promised on the day!).
The day will make sure that you develop a love of numbers and of all things mathematical by introducing you to lots of very exciting open-ended challenges, investigations, practical activities and philosophical thinking that will keep you entertained during the day and then addicted for life!

Amongst lots of really interesting things, we will measure the speed of sound, measure the height of tress, meet up with the Number Devil and build your own Pascal's triangle, answer impossible philosophical questions, have a go at beating the four fours challenge world record, calculate the value of Pi ( and use its sequence to write poetry!

19th Feb 2022
Here Comes Philosophy Man! Using Philosophy to Inspire a love of Thinking, Learning, Enquiring and Existing...if we exist at all that is!

WARNING! This course will prove that the person starting the course is a completely different person to the person at the end of the day!

Would you like to spend a day enjoying learning to think like a philosopher and learning to discuss amazing concepts and seeing the same concept from lots of different points of view, learning to agree, disagree, respond, question, listen and change your mind several times!

The day is filled with activities that will develop your skills as a creative thinker and as a public speaker and show you how to present your ideas to others in a way that fascinates and engages your audience. The actual word 'Philosophy' means 'a love of wisdom' and this is what we will ensure that you leave with plenty of, at the end of the day!

There is nothing more wonderful than discussing things philosophically- it is unique and fun as you can never be wrong! In fact, in Philosophy and in this course, no one knows the answers, especially me!

I can guarantee that after this course you will want to persuade your school's Headteacher that philosophy should be included as part of you do at school and an essential subject of your weekly timetable!!!

We will use the book 'Philosophy Files' to read fascinating stories and discuss things like:

Can you jump into the same river twice?
Is it ever right to do something wrong?
Does knowing mean we are not learning?
Is it possible to see things that don't exist?

26th Mar 2022
Developing a love of Science from an Early Age!

WARNING! 'This course may leave you with no choice but to become a scientist when you grow up!

Would you like to spend a day enjoying being a scientist, learning to think like a scientist and having a go at lots of scientific experiments? As a former research scientist, myself and then a teacher and headteacher, I would love to share with you all, my enthusiasm for science, for medicine and for thinking of ways in which science can help to improve the lives and health of people throughout the world. We will then share all your ideas with the Charity 'SENSE About Science' leading to amazing opportunities!

The day will be full of practical activities, thought provoking conversations, philosophical debates, using language, communication, history, geography, maths and the creative arts to bring science alive and make it fascinating for you and enabling you to enjoy it at school even more. I have a feeling that you will seriously consider a career in science after you've attended one of these courses!

Amongst lots of really interesting things, we will look at amazing scientific discoveries, measure the speed of sound, measure the height of tress, create a dance of the red blood cell, play science scrabble, have a go at philosophical scientific discussions, make as elf-powered vehicle and disprove lots of current scientific thinking!

Location: London

Ages: 8-11

Cost: £135.00

Masterclass tutor: Marcelo Staricoff

Bio: Marcelo started his career as a research scientist and then retrained as a teacher. As a primary teacher and Headteacher, Marcelo specialised in developing a philosophy of education that equips children with a lifelong love of learning and with the tools that develop children’s philosophical, creative and critical thinking skills. Marcelo is the author of the books ‘The Joy of Not Knowing’ and ‘Start Thinking’ and is currently working as a lecturer at the University of Sussex and as a consultant with UNICEF and with lots of schools nationally and internationally.

Venue: Coram Campus

Address: 41 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London, WC1N 1AZ

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