P4C (Philosophy for Children)

I agree with….. because…… I disagree with….. because……

I would like to ask ….. a question about … I would like to build on what …. has just said 

Are all sentence starters that you would hear if you joined one of our Philosophy For Children (P4C) Learning Communities. P4C is used as a tool to deepen our thinking across the whole curriculum.

To do this the teacher ensures that a learning environment is created that develops the 4 C’s:

Caring Thinking

Collaborative Thinking

Critical Thinking

Creative Thinking

The teacher, as facilitator, is concerned with developing the children’s thinking skills in a way of allowing the children to welcome diversity of one another’s view points and to use these as a starting point that allows the children to: question assumptions; develop their own opinions and ideas, as a consequence of what they have seen or heard; analyse significant concepts and apply the best reasoning and judgement that they are capable of.

Children generate their own philosophical questions, managed through a voting system. Recent questions that have been discussed in school are:

Is giving more important than receiving? (Following watching the John Lewis Christmas penguin advert)

Is it good to fully focus on one area, or should I be developing in lots of areas? (After watching a clip about Usain Bolt’s childhood)

Is having servants a good thing? (During work on the Tudors)    

P4C News:

  • Philosophy for Children (P4C) – Black Lives Matter
    As part of our Ancient Egypt and Mists of Time Learning Journeys we have been think about how humans evovled in Africa and spread around the world. Last lesson, we considered, if in fact we were all Africans? Today we moved on to thinking why the Black Lives Matter movement started and why it was … Read more
  • Y3 – Science – Climate Change
    Some of the last learning Year 3 completed for their Pole to Pole topic was to understand climate change: What it is, How humans are causing it, The effects on the world’s biomes (espeically the polar region), What we can do about it. To do this, we: Used maps to understand what a geographical change … Read more
  • Pre-School Spring 1 Week 5 -10 on the sled
    This week we have read the lovely story of 10 on a sled. The children loved counting all of the animals as they fell off the sled. We went in the hall and made our own sledge and snowy hills to slide down. They enjoyed moving like the different animals and practising their throwing and … Read more
  • Y4 RE – Christ Church Visit
    As part of our RE unit of Christianity, Y4 were invited to visit Christ Church in the village. As well as seeing inside the church, we learned about some Christian beliefs, and reminded ourselves of the Nativity story. Back in school we created Christingles from oranges, ribbon, candles and sweets on cocktail sticks. For Christians … Read more
  • Y4 Natural Balms
    Taking inspiration from stories of some of the people of the Amazon Rainforest, Y4 created a balm useful as a remedy for insect bites and stings from plantain (the grass not the fruit), olive oil and beeswax. We boiled the oil, then added the plantain and simmered for another 10 minutes, then we strained the … Read more