At Hamford we are implementing P4C as one of the four pillars of our new curriculum. Most of the staff are new to using P4C, so we invested in the pocketbooks as a starting point for finding out more.
Authors: Barry Hymer, Roger Sutcliffe
Philosophy for Children (P4C) was conceived by Professor Matthew Lipman in the late 1960s. Here’s what he said about it: ‘The aim of a thinking skills program such as P4C is to help children become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals. ‘
Recently, the excellent UKEdChat did a subject special on P4C, which focused on discussing:
- What does p4c look like in your classroom, and how is it timetabled?
- What are your favourite p4c activities?
- Have you ever been surprised by pupils reactions to p4c activities? Can you share examples?
- Where do you go for p4c ideas or resources and what do you use to stimulate discussion?
- Are there wider benefits to embedding P4C in a school? Any cons? Do you encourage these activities away from school?
- Finally, let’s make a usable resource. What are your best/favourite Philosophical questions to use in class with pupils?
Click here to find out what the teaching community contributed to the discussion. Furthermore, take a look at some of the following website links that members of the Hamford Team have been exploring:
Please post your comments and experiences of P4C, whether at Hamford or beyond.