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Broadgreen Primary School

Succeed And Achieve Together

WELCOMETO Broadgreen Primary School

PHSE & P4C

Philosophy For Children

Philosophy for Children is designed to develop thinking and reasoning skills and to enhance self esteem.  It help teachers to build a ‘community of enquiry; where participants create and enquire into their own questions, and ‘learn how to learn’ in the process.

P4C develops four key types of thinking:

  1. Collaborative - thinking with others
  2. Caring - thinking of others
  3. Critical - making reasoned judgements
  4. Creative - creating new ideas

P4C typically takes the form of a Community of Inquiry, which is characterised by:

  • Sitting in a circle ready to think, talk and engage with each other
  • Sharing a source of puzzlement or intrigue (e.g. picture, story, music, news, etc)
  • Examining the source and creating relevant questions
  • Persisting in the search for knowledge and understanding
  • Giving reasons for opinions and distinguishing good reasons from bad ones
  • Fostering mutual cooperation, trust, tolerance, fair-mindedness and a heightened degree of sensitivity to fellow inquirers
  • Rich feedback that promotes thinking that is self-correcting and reflective

There is substantial evidence that regular involvement in a community of enquiry leads to the following outcomes for children:

·         Independent thinking

·         Higher order thinking skills

·         Excitement, motivation and engagement with learning

·         Increased reading comprehension, particularly in less able reader

·         Increased maths and science achievement

·         Increased co-operative skills

·         Increased self-esteem, particularly in children with lower self esteem

·         Improvements in behaviour

          Better relationships with peers, teacher and parents

Broadgreen Primary School, Oakhill Rd. Liverpool L13 5UE

0151 228 6692

0151 221 0235

admin@broadgreenprimary.org.uk