Philosophy for Children
We aspire to all our pupils developing high levels of skill in collaborative, caring, critical and creative thinking – the 4Cs of P4C. Each week, the children take part in a community of enquiry with Mrs Yates, who is a registered SAPERE trainer. This session has the specific aim of building the 4Cs through explicit games and review. In addition, children take part in enquiries with other members of staff linked to specific curriculum areas. Each half term, the whole school comes together to take part in a cross-phase enquiry prepared and facilitated by the older children.
We were absolutely thrilled to have been accredited with the Gold P4C School Award in 2015. We are the first school in the North West and only the fifth school in the country.You can read a copy of the report here
The children in Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic visit to The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. We have been looking at the two World Wars, as well as more recent conflicts, as part of our English and Philosophy learning this term. It was fascinating to explore the displays and to find out more about war and the impact it has on people. We also enjoyed a quick explore around the Quays and loved seeing the BBC studios where Blue Peter comes from and Pudsey lives.
As part of our on going ‘Rights Respecting’ work and linked to our work on the concept of normal in philosophy, the children in Years 5 and 6 have been looking at The Rights of the Child whilst thinking about children with a disability. We looked at all the articles and thought about which ones were most important and gave most protection to children living with a disability. We talked about the universality of the rights and how they protect everyone.
What is normal?
In our Year 5 and 6 Philosophy sessions we have been looking at the concept of normal. The children voted to discuss the question,
“Why do we use the word normal, and what does it mean?”
The enquiry into this question raised lots of deep thought and questions and made us really question our own use and understanding of the concept.
Sapere P4C Conference
A group of 5 of our Year 6s went to London to present at the national P4C conference hosted by SAPERE. We were honoured to attend the conference and provide an interactive workshop for many of the 130 delegates. Click on the image to find out how we got on