P4C is short for Philosophy for Children.
During our P4C sessions, 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 (community).
Teachers have been trained by Nick Chandley, a SAPERE P4C trainer, as part of a three year ‘Going for Gold’ training programme. Working with Nick, the school has achieved the Bronze Philosophy for Children Schools Award and is close to achieving silver.
P4C is timetabled every week so that the children develop their skills and understanding over time. The school also holds special whole school P4C events and has linked with other P4C schools to hold Suffolk’s first ‘philosothon’.
It is well documented that P4C has an impact on children's cognitive, social and emotional development.
P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves.