To understand how P4C can support learning across the curriculum To understand the process of P4C sequences of learning To reflect upon how P4C could support learning in your own setting
The central principle, as expressed by Matthew Lipman, its founder, is that teachers establish: ‘an intellectually provocative environment in which children can discuss in a free and open fashion themes that interest them.’ This environment—the community of enquiry—is a safe forum for intellectual risk taking but is also ‘impelled by the spirit of enquiry …’ (Matthew Lipman Philosophy goes to School,1988, p128).
A collaborative and reflective approach to discussion built up over time with the same group of learners. It aims to achieve: Community: cooperation, care, respect and safety Enquiry: a search for understanding, meaning, truth and values supported by reasons
Initially began as meaningful way of developing speaking and listening skills Vehicle for supporting other curriculum areas PSHE Science Inference an deduction in reading Specific school issues such as racism Reasoning and dialogue in maths Questioning
Explicit teaching of language is essential. Talk objective
Games and warm ups Stimulus (play, picture, story, film, poem) Brainstorm concepts Generate questions Vote for questions Debate! Evaluate Opportunities for writing, drama
brainstorming themes and concepts brainstorming themes and concepts generating questions generating questions voting for questions voting for questions Building the skills wall.
Visit a mixed year 1 and 2 class and a year 3 class to see them holding their debates. Discuss what you have seen. Any questions?
Wonder of the week Would you rather… ◦ Find a magic sweety bag that is always full ◦ Find a magic book that talks to you ◦ Find a magic carpet that can take you anywhere Always, sometimes, never O’meters Yes/No/Don’t know
Which of the following are examples of fairness: Teachers give an equal amount of help to every pupil The teacher gives everyone in the class five hours homework every day A white person is paid more than a black person A black pupil gets better marks at school than a white pupil Male athletes get paid more than female athletes