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Hi all, 

Here's today's P4C activity. Remember, you should be able to complete these in 15 minutes or less, but take as long as you want as long as everyone is having fun.

The second P4C skill is being a COLLABORATIVE thinker, so this Tuesday I'd like you to think about this list of things that scare people: spiders, mice, the dentist, going on an aeroplane, the dark, climbing a ladder. You can write them on pieces of paper or just talk about them. Can you put them in order from most to least scary for your family? Remember there are no right or wrong answers, it's all about trying to give good reasons and persuade people. Is it good to be scared of some things? Can it help to keep us safe?

P4C is all about speaking, listening and thinking, so there won't be writing involved for the main daily activity. But I know things we can do outside the house are a bit limited at the moment, so every day I'll also include some fun ideas for things to do if you're feeling a bit bored. If you email me back I would love to see the things you have done. I love these instant comfort boxes for helping us calm our fears. 

There are some printable templates here for older children who might want to have a go at making one from scratch. Even very young children might enjoy making one using a cereal or tissue box. 

Many thanks for your support and wishing you all the very best,

Miss O'Donoghue

 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.

We are proud to announce that our school have earned an award currently held by only fourteen schools in the United Kingdom. The Gold Philosophy For Children award is given by SAPERE – the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education. 

In order to obtain the award, an assessor was invited in to spend a full day with our staff, pupils and families, showing how they have developed their skills at being caring, collaborative, creative and critical thinkers during philosophical enquiries and now use those skills as daily tools for learning. Since beginning their P4C journey, pupils at the school have shown significant improvements in reasoning and spoken communication.

The report praised the “wealth of knowledge, skills and understanding across the teaching staff in terms of effective P4C practice… a highly effective whole school approach to planning the P4C journey for all the children. The Headteacher and P4C leader are relentless in their focus and drive to embed, deepen and broaden the practice of P4C across the whole school.”

Pupil comments about P4C included:

“I like being able to reason and be resilient.”

“P4C helps me not to jump into things – I’ll think about it and ask more questions.”

“I like talking about things that matter because we could make a difference.”

“It will help me form my personality and my identity.”