PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN
We continue to improve and develop the school in every way and part of our work will be to progress our 'Philosophy for Children' initiative in order to cultivate the children's in depth thinking. We want our children to not only have the skills and knowledge from all areas of the curriculum, but also to consider how they will use these effectively and ethically in their future lives.
The following information is for those parents who would like to continue the important philosophical conversations and discussions that their children have at school.
First of all, please use the curriculum information which is provided on the class pages, as philosophy will be built into all of the class topics. For example, year 3 and 4 are learning about rainforests around the world and will therefore discuss whether cutting down the rainforests is 'ok'. Who will this affect in they long term and short term.
All children will use philosophy in their Personal and Social Education work. For this there is a whole school theme which is...'Being me in my world.'
Week 1: 5th and 6th September
Our assemblies will discuss: The story of 'The Enormous Turnip' and how even though we may feel small, we can still make an enormous impact on our families/ class/ school.
The song for this week is 'I hope you dance' by Ronan Keeting and we discuss how it is easy to sit out rather than join in. We hope all our children will join in with as many things as they can this year.
In class the children may discuss: What does 'going the extra mile' mean?
Week 2: 10th September
SUPPORTING EACH OTHER
Our assemblies will discuss: The story of 'Footprints in the Sand'. The song for the next two weeks is 'Footprints in the Sand' and children may think about the support they can offer their friends when things are difficult for them.
In class the children may discuss:
What does it mean to support someone else. When have I supported someone? When has someone supported me? How has this helped?
Week 3: 17th September
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Our assemblies will discuss: 21st September is 'International Peace Day'. Passing the minute silence around the world (because of the different time zones). Peaceful places/ Peace as oppose to war.
In class the children may discuss: How do we earn greater freedom? What is trust?
Week 4: Tuesday 24th September
MAKING OUR OWN GOOD DECISIONS
Our assemblies will discuss: We will read a story about following a crowd.
In class the children may discuss: What is the difference between working with a partner and copying. How might these affect our learning?
WEEK 5: 1st October
WISE AND UNWISE ACTS
Our assemblies will discuss: How do feelings affect you?
In class the children may discuss: Have you every acted in a way you regret? What have you learnt from this
WEEK 6: 8th October
IN WHAT WAYS ARE WE LUCKY?
Our assemblies will discuss: Harvest/ feeding the world.
In class the children may discuss: What is luck?
WEEK 7: 15th October
WHAT MAKES OUR CLASS A GREAT TEAM?
Our assemblies will discuss: All sorts of teams.
In class the children may discuss: What makes a good team?