What is P4C?

P4C stands for Philosophy for Children. It is a ‘community of enquiry’. Our P4C sessions, from Reception all the way up to Year 6, are based on the following principles:
  • Valuing of each person’s interests and questions.
  • Acknowledgement that each person’s experience or story is unique.
  • Valuing of knowledge and understanding that no one is all-knowing.
  • Appreciation of different ways of interpreting and thinking.

What happens in a typical P4C session?

The teachers present their class with a stimulus. This could be a picture, a picture book, a short film or an object and the class then have to think of all the concepts that the stimulus brings up.

A concept is usually something that is an abstract idea- something that you cannot physically see like love, freedom, anger, peace and happiness. But they don’t have to be abstract. In short, a concept is something that has pre-conceived ideas connected to it and these can be challenged, discussed and enquired in P4C.

After this the children create their own philosophical questions based on one or more of the concepts. They are read out to the class and there is a class vote on which question they would like to base their enquiry on.

Our P4C Thinking Wall

P4C at Home

P4C: Pupil Voice