Philosophy for Children (P4C) introduced into Trust Academies

 

Philosophy for Children (P4C) introduced into Trust Academies Philosophy for Children

We are delighted to be working alongside SAPERE (the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) to introduce P4C to the staff and pupils in Trust academies. 

In addition to ensuring that our academies develop an exciting and enriching curriculum for pupils, we want to ensure that the way children are taught enables them to flourish as individuals and think more deeply about the world around them. 

Philosophy for Children is designed to develop thinking and reasoning skills. With its emphasis on collaborative and rigorous inquiry, P4C develops four key types of thinking:

Collaborative - thinking with others
Caring - thinking of others
Critical - making reasoned judgements
Creative - creating new ideas

“Philosophy for Children promotes a collaborative and inquiry-based approach to learning where children are encouraged to question, hypothesise and give reasons for their opinions,” said Helena Arnold, CEO. “Whether delivered in class as a discrete activity, or integrated as an approach into the overall delivery of the curriculum, P4C helps teachers to build a ‘community of enquiry’ fostering mutual cooperation, trust and inquisitiveness as well as helping children ‘learn how to learn’ in the process”.  It can also help teachers and pupils to give rich feedback, promotes reflection and helps pupils to deepen their understanding of their own thinking.

Published research into the benefits of P4C indicates its impact on: developments in cognitive ability; developments in critical reasoning skills and dialogue in the classroom: emotional and social developments.

Philosophy for Children is now a regular feature of the work of Dursley Church of England Primary Academy, which joined the Trust in June 2013.


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