At St John’s Church of England Academy, every child has the right to their own opinion. Through our Philosophy for Children (P4C) teaching, we promote our pupils’ awareness that each opinion is valued and should be respected, even if it differs from others.
Through our curriculum we encourage and develop pupils’ thinking skills and oracy, allowing them to think critically and engage with local and global issues.
Key Skills for P4C
Through P4C the children develop skills in
Teachers and parents ask children questions all the time, however a philosophical question considers CONCEPTS that are:
For example, if discussing the story of Cinderella we might ask things like
Why are the stepsisters mean?
How would it feel to wear a glass slipper?
What did the mice turn into?
What time did the clock strike?
To make it a philosophical question we need to think about the concepts we see in the story - things like
ugly/beauty fair/unfair hardworking/lazy kind/mean
rich/poor reality/fiction power/powerless real/magic
Then we can come up with questions like:
Is ugliness to do with how you appear or how you behave?
Can you be good all the time?
Are good people, people who are good all the time?
Can you do a bad thing and still be a good person?
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