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St James's Catholic Primary School

‘Put out into the deep’

Philosphy for Children

Philosophy for children (P4C), otherwise referred to as (Community of Enquiry), is an approach to learning that was founded by Professor Matthew Lipman.  Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions- a question to which there is no right or wrong answer.  They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.  For example the question might by ‘is it ever ok to steal?’

The teacher, as facilitator, supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the students speak and listen to each other in the dialogue.  After the enquiry the children and facilitator reflect on the quality of the thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve; either as individuals or as a group (community). 

This year staff will receive training in this approach and we will begin to implement it towards to end of the academic year, linking it to topics and themes within the curriculum.