Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an approach to learning that is at the core of what we do at St. Mary’s. P4C is used as a generic teaching and learning tool to deliver many aspects of the curriculum. A cross curricular approach is encouraged and P4C is regularly used to deliver many aspects of Literacy, History, Geography, Science, R.E, Art and our school values. Each class has the minimum of a weekly P4C session – whether integrated as part of the curriculum or stand alone.
At St Mary's we focus on the 4 key P4C thinking skills (caring, collaborative, creative and critical thinking) and we use these to monitor each child’s development.
Philosophical enquiry underpins the ideas and values of the way we believe our school should be. We aim to create an environment where children feel that they have the freedom to explore ideas and ask questions in all areas of school life.