Friday 14th December 2012


Philosophy for Children (P4C): All the Hallmarks of Outstanding Learning

P4C techniques allow students to:

think creatively


develop capacity for questioning

engages in enquiry based learning

explore problems

analyse and construct ideas

These lessons serve as a great ‘lead in’ to written outcomes because students have really thought about their ideas and the ideas of others before they put pen to paper.

More detail here:      and here: Sapere P4C

If you have tried P4C techniques, please share your experiences by leaving a reply.


One thought on “Friday 14th December 2012

  1. P4C takes practice – students can be unsure the first couple of times. They can also waste time creating weaker questions initallly as well, so you have to work on them about strong questions.
    Seating arrangement is key as well – you have to move the furniture. It takes time to set up – a whole lesson the first couple of times, especially if you want to do good reflection on the process
    An alternative spin (to develop their thinking further – for more advanced/experienced groups) is to use lego bricks – when someone wants to speak they pick up a lego brick and put it on top of the previous one – if it is a point that coneects to it somehow e.g. an example, the opposite point, and additional argument. if it is a new point, they start a new “tower”. Can challenge students to see how tall the tower can get – can they keep their points connected – are they following the discussion.

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