Philosophy for Children encourages children to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. Children are given a stimulus and then work together to create their own philosophical question, focusing on big ideas such as: justice, love, courage, friendship, change, and difference. Sometimes children are asked to explore a particular question arising from a class topic or when engaging in a whole school enquiry.
Apart from the sheer enjoyment of dialogue, the benefits are endless:
Language, speaking and listening – dialogue
Respect , empathy and tolerance – values
Personal development – considering others view, changing their views – shaping them as caring individuals – developing moral compass – compassion
Extension and understanding-challenge
Reasoning, questioning, thinking
P4C has a positive impact across the curriculum and sits perfectly with our whole school ethos.