Socratic Seminars

The new Department for Education documents state, “The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.” As the ‘spoken language continues to underpin the development of pupils’ reading and writing,’ how do we provide meaningful experiences with the spoken word?

Starter:  Please have a look at Guernica by Picasso and record 10 images from the painting.  Evaluate which 3 are the strongest and theorise on a thematic link.

Introductions and the reasons for this presentation?


Watch this video of a Socratic Seminar.  Using your previous knowledge and this example, identify some characteristics of a Socratic Seminar.  

A Ticket In...

The observer

Rules and procedures

The role of the Teacher

Different ways to set up and approach Socratic Seminars

How do Socratic seminars fit into our curriculum?

Comment Stream

3 years ago

From a personal point - love your use of "Tackk"; sorry I can't make it due to PTC but so glad you have shared the resources and tasks as I will still be able to learn.