At Woodlands we believe wholeheartedly in the power of Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) to impact significantly on the behaviour, attitudes and learning behaviours of our children. The approach links seamlessly to our Learning Skills Curriculum and supports our ethos to empower children to become positive local, national and global citizens and appreciate people from all cultures and backgrounds. Educational research would also suggest that the resultant improvements in cognitive abilities, critical reasoning and social skills have a marked impact on children’s achievement and attainment.
The underlying principle of P4C is for children and young people to experience rational and reasonable dialogue about things that matter to them and their teachers. All participants work together in a ‘community of enquiry’. The aim for each child is not to win an argument, but to become clearer, more accurate, less self-contradictory and more aware of other arguments and values before reaching a conclusion.
As such, Woodlands has introduced a comprehensive programme of P4C enquiry across the whole school, with children from Nursery to Year 6 experiencing weekly sessions of based on stimulus relevant to them and their studies. The process is supported by regular visits from a renowned P4C specialist and consultant to work both with the children and teachers to maximise the impact of their discussions. There is also an extremely popular, half termly P4C celebration day focused on concepts such as ‘identity’, ‘learning’ and ‘art’, often linked to educational visits and creative learning.
The following examples show elements of children’s learning through P4C both on a range of P4C days. We hope you enjoy looking through them as much as we did experiencing the discussions.
P4C Day January 18th 2017
Woodlands Primary School's first P4C Day focused on the theme of "Identity". The day started with a whole school assembly led by Mr Nick Chandley who has been working with the school to develop P4C. Following on from that the children engaged in a wide range of creative activities which led on to a P4C Enquiry. Everything culminated with a sharing session where pupils were able to share their work with their peers in other classes.
The day was a fabulous success, with children and staff alike really enjoying the work.
Below is a gallery of pictures from the day.
Some example questions from our P4C days...