PHILOSOPHY 4 CHILDREN (P4C)
At Stonebroom Primary & Nursery School, we use the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach to help our pupils to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment.
We are one of the latest UK schools to receive a SAPERE Silver School Award in recognition of our own commitment to the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy.
The Silver award is for schools that have made a commitment to P4C as a whole school pedagogy and begun to embed P4C into our whole school vision and practice. We are now working towards the Gold School Award.
Our aim is to help our pupils to develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future. Throughout school, we create caring classroom situations where children learn to listen to and respect each other. We make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.
Children and their teacher share a variety of starting points, which might include: a book, a piece of music, objects, photographs or a video. The children take thinking time to devise their own questions and then discuss them. The questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The pupils' discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative. They care more about what others say but don't accept easy answers. They develop the ability to recognise differences and explore them constructively -this describes how a philosophical community of enquiry develops. No gimmicks or jargon - just high expectations of children's abilities to think critically and creatively and to develop morally and socially.
Philosophical enquiry aims to help children develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute to a pluralistic society. It can boost children's self-esteem and intellectual confidence. It aims to create a caring classroom situation where children...
- learn to listen to and respect each other
- make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness, and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.
- are encouraged to challenge and explore the beliefs and values of others, and to develop their own views
- experience quiet moments of thinking and reflection
- learn to be clear in their thinking and to make responsible and more deliberate judgements
We are keen to create the conditions where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions, P4C helps to enhance the quality of learning and raise standards of attainment and achievement. Our whole school approach is recognised nationally through SAPERE, the educational charity responsible for the development of P4C in the UK. All staff have been trained in P4C. We are working with Sapere as part of a EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) project.
See https://www.sapere.org.uk/ for more details