Welcome to our Philosophy for Children page!
P4C is where we try to answer or discuss the 'BIG' questions we all want to know the answers to!
During school closures we will post weekly session links to help you carry on discussions at home. There are ideas for everyone ages 3 upwards!
At Christ Church, we are developing the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach to teaching and learning, to help children to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative way. We do this by providing practical ways of developing good thinking, questioning and communications skills.
During P4C sessions, children and their teacher share a stimulus, for example, a story, film clip, picture.
The aim is to develop the children’s skills of:
With experience, children’s questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The children’s discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative.
We find this approach helps to develop creative and critical thinking skills encourages children to care more about what others say to develop the ability to recognise differences
to explore their differences collaboratively.
This supports the schools ethos and values of Love, Peace, Endurance, Forgiveness, Thankfulness and Friendship.
Often, P4C is linked to a particular topic area or curriculum subject, particularly in English, PSHE or RE.
There is the opportunity to make links between matters of personal concern such as
P4C helps to create an environment where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions.
If you are interested in finding out more about P4C, please go to http://www.sapere.org.uk
What's the Big Idea?
Below is one of the clips we use to provoke discussion. There are 100's of them available on youtube! Why not give it a try at home!