P4C Curriculum

At Ss Peter and Paul, we use the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach, to help our pupils to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment. We do this by providing practical ways of developing good thinking, questioning and communications skills. During philosophy time, children and their teacher share some reading or listening, they then take thinking time to devise their own questions and to discuss them. The group meets regularly and the questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The pupils’ discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative. They care more about what others say but don’t accept easy answers, developing the ability to recognise differences and explore these constructively.

Our aim is to help our pupils to develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future. Throughout school, we create caring classroom situations where children learn to listen to and respect each other. We make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.

What is P4C?

Philosophical enquiry aims to help children develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute to a pluralistic society. It can boost children's self-esteem and intellectual confidence. It aims to create a caring classroom situation where children...

  • learn to listen to and respect each other

  • make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness, and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.

  • are encouraged to challenge and explore the beliefs and values of others, and to develop their own views

  • experience quiet moments of thinking and reflection

  • learn to be clear in their thinking and to make responsible and more deliberate judgements

  • learn to be more thoughtful by basing their decisions and actions on

P4C at Ss Peter and Paul

St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School is committed to pupils to develop our pupils into effective, critical and creative thinkers who take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment.

Our vision:

  • To encourage children to listen to and respect each other

  • To make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness, and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.

  • Learning to challenge and explore the beliefs and values of others, and to develop their own views.

  • To experience quiet moments of thinking and reflection.

  • Enable children to be clear in their thinking and to make responsible and more deliberate judgements.

  • To learn to be more thoughtful by basing their decisions and actions on reasons.

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Ss. Peter & Paul Primary School

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School,
Atherton St, Wallasey, CH45 9LT

Tel: 0151 639 2991
schooloffice@stpeter-stpauls.wirral.sch.uk

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