Philosophy For Children (P4C)
At Ashley Hill Multi Academy Trust, we use the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach to teaching and learning, to help children to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative way.
Children learn to develop the skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future. This supports the school’s ethos and values of creating a caring school and classroom environment where children learn to listen to and respect each other.
P4C is delivered in the first instance, as stand-alone sessions. Children and their teacher share a stimulus, for example, a story, film clip, picture, they then take thinking time to devise their own questions and together the class chooses one question to enquire into further.
P4C is also linked to a particular topic area or curriculum subject, particularly in English, PSHCE or RE. There is the opportunity to make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth, right and wrong.
P4C helps to create an environment where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions. It helps to enhance the quality of learning as a whole and raise standards of attainment and achievement and become confident communicators that show respect and tolerance for others.
At AHMAT, children learn that every child has the right to their own opinion. That each opinion is valued and should be respected, even if it differs from others. It enables us to deliver the Equality Act in a child friendly manner and our pupils are exposed to the rich diversity of life in Britain and the wider world.