- Philosophy aims at the cultivation of wisdom; it enriches pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- It develops skills which enable the children to debate and challenge within a group in an acceptable manner.
- Philosophy contributes to the development of pupils’ positive attitudes to themselves and others.
- The lessons foster an atmosphere of trust and respect in which the children may express themselves freely.
- It enhances their capacity to become independent learners.
- It develops the ability to understand and respect the opinions of others, to be helpful and tolerant and tell right from wrong.
- It enables good progress in listening, speaking and thinking; and the ability to ask questions.
- It gives expression to the great human virtues through speech and action.
- Builds confidence and self assurance and strengthens character.
How is it taught?
The class and the teacher explore universal virtues together in a weekly lesson which may be developed throughout the term. The teacher is free to use: stories, pictures, music, art, games, quotations as a focal start to the lesson.
We also use the Sapere Philosophy for Children method. Sapere is an educational charity that promotes philosophical enquiry with children and communities throughout the UK. Philosophy for Children helps teachers to build a ‘community of enquiry’ where the children create and enquire into their own questions. In Latin, the word Sapere means ‘to understand’ or ‘be wise’. Sapere also stands for the Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education.
Virtues for 2012-2013
Autumn term Truthfulness and Justice
Spring term Harmlessness and Temperance
Summer term Magnanimity and Courage