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Philosophy for Children

P4C, or Philosophy for Children, is an approach to learning and teaching which enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment.

It was established over forty years ago by Professor Matthew Lipman of Montclair State University in the United States and is now practised around the world.

In P4C, a stimulus, such as a story, video clip or image, is shared with a group of children. The children are encouraged by their teacher, to come up with the kind of big, engaging philosophical questions about the stimulus which are at the heart of P4C.

Philosophical questions are open to examination, further questioning and enquiry. They are contestable, central and common – that is, there is more than one valid point of view, the question is important in the lives of the students.

Langdon Park School builds on the outstanding work of our feeder primary schools, working closely with the Poplar Partnership to deliver the most engaging lessons to our students.  P4C is delivered throughout KS3 to all students and continues in Y9 and Y10 with selected groups.