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Philosophy

Philosophy for Children (enquiry based learning) offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.

 

The lessons involve a variety of different games and allow the children to construct their own philosophical questions.  They then discuss many social and moral issues, enabling them to express their views and opinions while listening and respecting other children’s views too. Philosophy allows the children to develop the skills of being creative, caring, critical as well as working collaboratively.

The 4C's 

 

  • Caring = listening (concentrating) and valuing (appreciating) (e.g. showing interest in, and sensitivity to, others’ experiences and values
  • Collaborative = responding (communicating) and supporting (conciliating) (e.g. building on each other’s ideas, shaping common understandings and purposes)
  • Critical = questioning (interrogating) and reasoning (evaluating) (e.g. seeking meaning, evidence, reasons, distinctions, and good judgements)
  • Creative = connecting (relating) and suggesting (speculating) (e.g. providing comparisons, examples, criteria, alternative explanations or conceptions)
A video which was made by the Year 5 children, explaining what they like about philosophy can be found on our Podcast page.
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