At St Margaret’s we have introduced weekly Philosophy for children sessions. Philosophy for children is a process of critical thinking with students, which enhances self-esteem, speaking and listening and thinking skills.
Children are encouraged to discuss and explore philosophical questions and reason why they have made conclusions. They practice the skill of persuasion and are encouraged to develop acceptance of others.
Children are given the freedom to follow any direction of discussion and whilst the teacher is the facilitator, they are led by the children’s questions.
Philosophy for children helps to develop higher order thinking skills, improve communication skills and helps children learn to co-operate with others.
Children learn through enquiry, the exploration of ideas and to reflect before speaking. It gives children the possibility of seeing that theirs and others ideas have value and to realize that they don’t always have to be right. It builds children’s confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.