Pelham Primary School

Philosophy for children (P4C)

P4C is a firm favourite at Pelham, for pupils and teachers alike!  

If you walked into a P4C lesson in action, you would see children sitting in a circle, taking it in turns to debate and reason with their peers over key social and political issues in the world.  Lessons start with children looking at a thought-provoking stimulus which can be anything from a photograph, video clip, piece of music, piece of art or a picture book.  They are then tasked with thinking of philosophical 'I wonder' questions about the stimulus.  This in turn opens up an engaging, pupil-led discussion which the teacher facilitates.

In a P4C session, children know actions for:

Is This Serious? Why do I my Thumbs Click?

We encourage children to have debates and celebrate personal opinions and points of view.  The wonder of teaching a P4C lesson is seeing someone have their mind changed!  From Nursery onwards, it is instilled in our pupils that having your mind changed by someone is a wonderful thing!

Philosophy Bear enjoys participating in lessons, and is often used as a tool to open up important discussions.  Children respond really well to him or her as someone they want to offer their advice and opinions to.  For example, once when other teddies upset him by saying that boys couldn't do ballet, the class wrote encouraging letters to him to cheer him up and some boys and girls even offered to go with him to the lesson!

At Pelham we want all pupils to:

We will do this by:

Some examples of the types of stimulus we have used to promote philosophical questioning:

Odd One Out Paintings | Fine Art America

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