At Britannia, our children take part in Philosophy lessons right the way through from Early Years to Year 6.
In Philosophy lessons, children learn how to think about ideas from a variety of different angles. The aim of the school is to develop children who are naturally curious, can pose genuinely challenging questions and have the confidence to suggest possible answers to such questions. Our pupils develop confidence through following lines of enquiry which develop the ‘4C’s:
Caring Thinkers demonstrate a desire to make the world a better place with their suggestions and ideas. They can demonstrate a strong degree of empathy with others.
Collaborative Thinkers are able to listen intently to the ideas of others and can respond well and build upon previous comments and opinions, even if they differ from their own.
Creative Thinkers demonstrate a high degree of originality within their suggestions and ideas. They often think ‘out of the box’ and are able to find radical and perceptive solutions to some of the most baffling of problems.
Critical Thinkers are not afraid to express disagreement with conventional thinking. They can politely and assertively argue from very different viewpoints to others and are able to articulate exactly why they disagree with the views of others and can pinpoint specifically where they feel they differ from the agreed viewpoint.
A wide variety of different resources are used to promote philosophical discussion. These include the use of videos and DVDs, traditional stories, fables and legends as well as real life experiences of pupils themselves. Experience has suggested that children are able to understand philosophical ideas and concepts easier if they have experienced things for themselves, so we seek to exploit stories and anecdotes children share within Philosophy lessons as they tend to resonate well with classmates as a result of their own sharing of experiences.
The skills pupils learn in Philosophy lend themselves brilliantly to discussions and debates in other curriculum areas also. If our children learn the art of forming deep questions and being able to discuss and debate with insight and confidence, this will in turn allow them to participate in similarly challenging discussions in other areas such as Science, RE and History.