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 the 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 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 the 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 the most important and gave most protection to children living with a disability. We talked about the university 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 Years 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. It was an early start for Oscar, Keira, Flynn, Hannah and Lewis (not forgetting Mrs Hepworth and Mrs Yates) but the journey soon passed quickly and there were whoops of joy when we passed Wembley Stadium! On arrival, the conference was in mid-flow so we were able to enjoy listening and meeting the staff and pupils from Bow Secondary School and hearing about how P4C is carried out in such a large school.
After a fabulous lunch, it was our turn to present. Our nerves were soon calmed after we had all introduced ourselves and got the audience to play a quick thinking skills game which we had devised ourselves. Mrs Yates and Mrs Hepworth talked about how P4C has impacted on the curriculum(especially writing), student voice and developing as global citizens. Our audience were asked to reflect on the questions our presentation had raised and then we, the pupils, selected random members of the audience to share their questions (everyone had talked with a partner so we knew they all had questions to ask!)
This was a fantastic opportunity for us to attend the conference and we are really appreciative of SAPERE for asking us. It really helped us to build our confidence and coming to London for the day was a real treat as most of us had never been before, or had not been for a long time. Thank you SAPERE!
After our presentation, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the British Museum nearby and take a look at all the Egyptian artefacts (we are learning about this in history) and Lewis was delighted to get the chance to visit his ‘name-sake’, the Lewis Chessmen.