Cookridge Holy Trinity
Church of England (VA) Primary School

Green Lane, Cookridge Leeds, LS16 7EZ
Telephone: 0113 2253 040
Email: info@holytrinity.leeds.sch.uk

P4C / Mindfulness

Philosophy 4 Children is an approach to learning and teaching, now a recognised worldwide movement and practice that was founded by Professor Matthew Lipman. It is designed to get our children to practice thinking, discussing and debating. It is well documented that P4C has an impact on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves. Sapere Website

At Holy Trinity, we teach P4C as an academic subject, running alongside our PHSE modules. Within these lessons, children are given a range of opportunities to think about, and discuss different philosophical questions, such as ͚What is real?͛ or ͚Is it ever ok to steal?͛

The sessions run with a communication skills warm up, followed by the children viewing a stimulus (this could be a picture, video, song, story or object; anything which will get the children talking).

The children then use philosophical concepts to generate a philosophical question. The children then vote on the question and the class discuss their opinions. One of the main benefits of this lesson is that the children are able to justify their opinions, with the word ͚because͛, which is now embedded in more of their learning as a whole. Children enjoy this subject and learn lots about collaboration, discussion and the ability to think.

Aims of P4C:

  • As a school we have the following aims:
  • Enhance the speaking and listening skills of all children.
  • To increase the confidence of children when speaking in front of a group.
  • To embed the idea that opinions can be challenged without conflict.
  • To allow the children to justify their opinions in a way that is beneficial.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas (National Curriculum)
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate (National Curriculum)