Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a teaching and learning approach that explores the big ideas that arise in all areas of the curriculum and educational experiences. Through philosophical dialogue and enquiry, P4C helps learners to think, to speak, to listen, to learn and to live together more effectively.
P4C aims to help children become more thoughtful, reflective and reasonable individuals. Thanks to P4C our children are able to critically reason and discuss their differing opinions, expressing themselves in a clear and sensible way. Research shows that P4C supports the development of children’s cognitive, speaking, listening and reasoning skills. For more information please refer to www.sapere.org.uk
SAPERE’s 4Cs thinking model supports the development of:
Oracy is our ability to communicate effectively using spoken language. This means having the ability to:
A knowledge-rich curriculum is full of concepts that require unpacking. When we explore the contested meanings of these ideas though P4C, the curriculum comes alive and new connections between stages and subjects emerge. There are opportunities for philosophy in every area of the curriculum: