Philosophy for Children
Our P4C Awards- We are now aiming for Gold
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
At Haselworth School, we use 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.
During regular P4C sessions, children and their teacher share a stimulus, for example, a story, film clip or picture. They then take thinking time to devise their own questions and together the class chooses one question to enquire into further. Examples of questions we have discussed are ‘is it ever ok to steal?’ or ‘should we always share what we have?’. The teacher, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the enquiry.
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. The approach not only helps to develop creative and critical thinking skills but also encourages children to care more about what others say and develop the ability to recognize differences and explore these collaboratively. During weekly P4C sessions, there are opportunities for speaking and listening, turn taking and being encouraged to justify or qualify their thoughts. There is an emphasis on working in a critical but caring way, valuing other’s points of view.
Our whole school approach to P4C is recognised nationally through SAPERE, the educational charity responsible for the development of P4C in the UK. In July 2016 we achieved our P4C Bronze Award in recognition of teachers’ and children’s continuing progress and commitment to the P4C approach. More recently, in October 2017, we were delighted to achieve the Silver Award in recognition of the high quality P4C practice which is integral to our school.