Philosophy for Children (enquiry based learning) offers a way to open up children’s learning through enquiry and the exploration of ideas. Children learn that their ideas have value, and that the ideas of other children have value too. Through Philosophy for Children they realise that they don’t always have to be right, but they gain the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.This is an approach to learning and teaching which enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment.
In P4C, a stimulus linked to the intended learning, such as a story, video clip or image, is shared with a group of children. The children are encouraged to come up with the kind of big, engaging philosophical questions about the stimulus which are at the heart of P4C.