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    Philosophy (P4C) - Spring 2019

    Our Philosophy Masterclasses aim to bring together like-minded Year 5 children from local primary schools to explore fundamental ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life and more!  

    Based on the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach to this subject, our sessions will each start with a stimulus and the children will then be encouraged to draw on their imagination to ask a question based on wonderment (I wonder why…?). They will then make a collective decision on the question they are most interested in and the enquiry will then start, but not be contained. It will follow its own path guided by the children’s thoughts and ideas, agreeing and disagreeing, but with them always giving a reason for their point of view. 

    In a nutshell, P4C builds higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills. It creates respect for others, promotes engagement with learning and enhances educational development. 

    Each week, the course will explore one or more themes such as:

    • Happiness
    • Freedom
    • Good luck and bad luck
    • Circus panda
    • Is it art?
    • Republic Island

    The course will be held on the following Saturdays: 2, 9, 16 and 23 March 2019.

    The timings, including the introductory briefing for parents and the last week presentation, will be:

      Philosophy Course
    Week(s) Intro Briefing Class Final Presentation
    1 0900-0915 0915-1045  
    2  and 3   0900-1030  
    4   0900-1030 1030-1045

    Although each session is independent of the others, we expect children to attend all of the Masterclasses in their course.  There is no charge but places are limited and we cannot guarantee a place for every child who applies. 

    We have written to head teachers of participating schools to invite them to nominate suitable children.  The deadline for applications has now passed and we will let families and schools know about their success (or otherwise) in gaining places by the evening of Monday 4 February 2019.