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Philosophy

Each year group participates in a Philosophy for Children (P4C) session. Children are presented with a 'stimulus' (which could be a picture book, video, artefact etc.) and from this children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue.  For example the question might be '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 children 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. Philosophy sessions will often cross over with PSHE elements of the curriculum which are naturally intertwined with the curriculum.

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