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P4C

Philosophy for children.

The Philosophy For Children (P4C) approach provides our children with a framework to support and develop their skills of critical and creative thinking, collaboration and working through their differences in a caring way. P4C is a proven enquiry based pedagogy, where teachers enable pupils take the lead, building their ability to express more complex ideas and concepts as they progress through school. During a P4C session, the children warm up with a game and then are given a stimulus such as a story, video clip or picture to talk about. They are supported to use this stimulus to generate open questions with no one “correct” answer, choose a question and participate in a structured discussion where the aim is to develop their ability to express and explain their own ideas to others respectfully, using reasoning and relevant examples.

In 2017, Emmaus was one of the first schools nationwide to achieve the SAPERE Silver Award, recognising our excellent work and practice in developing P4C across the school, and we are now aiming for Gold!