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Broadgreen Primary School

Succeed And Achieve Together

WELCOMETO Broadgreen Primary School


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