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Thinking Skills: Child Philosophers

Philosophy for Children (P4C) helps children think for themselves

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Documentaries about school improvement and topical issues. Philosophy for Children, or P4C, is a method of teaching and learning that focuses on developing thinking skills within a group or 'community of enquiry'. Often taking an unusual theme as a focus, P4C aims to help children to think for themselves and benefit from the thinking of others. We visit Kingsbrook School where P4C was taken on as part of the Northamptonshire Raising Standards project and the English department schemes of work have been rewritten to include opportunities for P4C. In this programme, Karen Lamb introduces her Year 9 class to Romeo and Juliet using a P4C approach. We watch as she lets the community of enquiry choose the best topic for discussion. Professor Robert Fisher, the Director of Brunel University's Centre for Research in Teaching Thinking, discusses the ways in which P4C approaches can enhance the learning experience.


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