Philosophy for Children (P4C) was conceived by Professor Matthew Lipman in the late 1960s. Here’s what he said about it: ‘The aim of a thinking skills program such as P4C is to help children become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals. ‘Who wouldn’t want to offer their pupils that opportunity? In the P4C Pocketbook, Barry Hymer and Roger Sutcliffe explain how to use P4C in your own classroom to sustain and develop in all children the curiosity that is so evident in the young. They introduce and explain ‘communities of enquiry’, outline a broad ten-step process for P4C sessions, provide plenty of practical examples, and show how P4C can be used to explore key concepts. Chapters are devoted to choosing a stimulus, questions, the Socratic Method, facilitating an enquiry, and review. There is an excellent resource section at the end of the book spanning Foundation Stage to KS5.
“This is the most complete guide to delivering P4C in all schools from Foundation to Secondary. It has the potential to inspire any teacher to make a huge positive impact on pupils’ education.”
Craig Parkinson, Maths teacher, Wath Comprehensive School
“Such a wealth of wisdom, and so many practical strategies, distilled into one small volume. If you are passionate about developing your children’s ability to think for themselves, and you want to make your classroom a place where the children ask more questions than the teacher, then you can’t afford to miss this book.”
Pauline Hinchliffe, Senior Consultant, Gifted & Talented, Southwark LA
“The P4C Pocketbook is user-friendly: visual clues make it easy to navigate, language scaffolding models how to add depth to an enquiry and useful practical tips are offered for moving ‘stuck’ enquiries forward. We found it very useful in improving our delivery of P4C.”
Colleen Jackson and the Marshfield Primary School Team