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Philosophy for Children (P4C)

Our Approach

At High Hazels Academy P4C is an integral part of our curriculum and we are proud to have received the Silver award through SAPERE in July 2018.  We are well on our way towards the Gold award. 

P4C or Philosophy for Children is an approach to learning and teaching which enhances children's thinking and communication skills, boosts their self esteem and improves their academic attainment


How we implement P4C

In P4C a stimulus such as a story, video clip or image is shared with a group of children.  The children are encouraged to come up with a big, engaging philosophical question about the stimulus which are at the heart of P4C, and this will lead to an enquiry in which children will discuss the question and have a good discussion from this. 

Over time the teacher supports the children to think more deeply and philosophically by encouraging the 4Cs of P4C - critical, creative, collaborative and caring thinking.

As questions grow more philosophical and imaginative children learn to listen carefully to each other, to explore differences of opinion respectfully, and to value the ideas of others.

P4C is a whole school approach.  It can be used across the curriculum, in every subject, and with all ages and abilities


P4C at Home

Parents can work with children at home to help them develop their P4C skills.  Discussing topical events such as recycling, global warming and bullying.  Discussing these topics and helping children to reason and see differing points of view, will help to develop many skills associated with P4C

Some questions to discuss could include:-

  • Is it ever ok to lie?
  • What makes you, you?
  • Do we have to respect everyone?
  • Can good people do bad things?
  • Does being rich make you happy?

If you are interested in finding out more about P4C, please go to www.sapere.org.uk


We have been awarded a bronze and silver award through SAPERE- our next step now is our gold application!




We did it - Silver award achieved - now onto Gold




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