“The aim of a thinking skills programme such as P4C is not to turn children into philosophers but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reason-able individuals”
At Willow Brook we believe every child is a critical thinker.
Philosophy for Children is an integral part of the enquiry based teaching and learning approach at Willow Brook. It provides a structured and safe forum for open dialogue where children are challenged to think independently and see things from an alternative point of view. This will equip them with a more reasoned approach to other members of the wider society that possess opposing views so that while they are able to demonstrate their differing views they remain respectful at all times.
Based on the key skills of P4C (Creative Thinking, Caring Thinking, Collaborative Thinking, Critical Thinking) children will engage with Big Questions, key wonders, either as Weekly Wonders to be discussed or self-generated questions to be explored through the use of dialogue and reasoning in a search for truth.
Through using this approach, children will develop patience, respect for others and a better understanding of the ever-changing world around us so they reach their potential intellectually, socially, orally, emotionally and culturally. In addition to this, it will benefit their mental health and well-being as it could provide with a safe opportunity to explore issues or dilemmas that may be worrying them.
P4C skills are transferrable and can be integrated into other subjects or in the wider community of home and society. They will thus have a sense of belonging to a community where they are able to develop their confidence and skills to make rational decisions, self-evaluate, make links between ideas and concepts and become life-long enquirers.