From Education Project Manager Aidan Adams
Philosophy for Children or P4C is a practice that encourages children and young people to work together in philosophical enquiry. It offers a way to engage all learners with concepts or big ideas through thinking together, sharing thoughts and questioning in a respectful manner.
P4C starter activities can be used to warm up brains and fine motor skills, ready for creativity in the lesson.
- Split your group into partners, and sit them on the floor with their backs to one another.
- Give one child a clipboard, with an A4 piece of paper, and a pen or pencil.
- Give the other child an image (or put one up on the Smartboard), and ask them to describe it back to their partner.
- Whilst listening, their partner should create a drawing based on the description.
- When finished, the designated drawer should describe it back to them.
- Change the image, and ask the partners to swap roles.
- Invite the children to reflect on how it felt to be the person or the one giving instructions.
- Repeat week-to-week – use the activity to build on one particular skill – tell the group ‘today we’re going to be caring listeners’.