"Children must be taught HOW to think - not WHAT to think."
Ask any Year 1 child, Philosophy (P4C) is one of their favourite lessons without a doubt!
But, why teach Philosophy - of all things - to school children!?
Each Friday, the class gathers together. We sit in a circle on the floor and pass around any old random object. It might be a pen, or a balloon, or even a stapler. Yet, ask any one of those children what they have - It's not a pen, its a telescope. It's not a balloon, its the yummy watermelon I just bought from the shops. It's not a stapler, its my new pet salamander!
We first warm up our thinking muscles with some fun games and then proceed on to an inquiry. We might watch a short film, read a book or even just look at a picture. We then talk about what we think about the stimulus and come up with interesting questions surrounding it. We've had some really, really interesting conversations in year one, such as:
These critical thinking skills will go on to hopefully prepare our children to be independent and critical thinkers.
Here are some photos of us during our P4C lessons: