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...'Celebrating Difference.'
Week 1: 29th October
Our assemblies will discuss: All Saints
The song for this week is 'Nimrod' from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and we discuss the saints, Remembrance and our plans for 11th November.
In class the children may discuss: 'What makes a good leader'?
Week 2: 5th November
Our assemblies will discuss: The power of words to change the school into a place where we are as kind as we can possibly be. We continue to listen to 'Enigma Variations' and the story behind this (the composition is all about the friends of Edward Elgar)
In class the children may discuss:
What makes an action right or wrong?
Week 3: 12th November
Our assemblies will discuss: Remembrance day service and the braveness of those who gave up everything for us.
In class the children may discuss: What does it mean to lead a good life?
Week 4: 19th November
Our assemblies will discuss: The different types of problem and how we approach each problem in our lives. Children will listen to 'Love is the Light' by Beverly Craven.
In class the children may discuss: What is it to be brave?
WEEK 5: 26th November
Our assemblies will discuss: How do feelings affect you? Children will listen to 'Let it Be' by The Beatles.
In class the children may discuss: What makes someone selfish
WEEK 6: 3rd December
Our assemblies will discuss: Advent and Diwali. We will listening to a variety of Christmas music.
In class the children may discuss: What makes the best celebration?
WEEK 7: 10th December
Our assemblies will discuss: The sharing nature of Christmas and Hanukkah. We will listening to a variety of Christmas music.
In class the children may discuss: What makes something special?
WEEK 7: 17th December
Our assemblies will discuss: Christmas from the perspective of Mary and the story of Rudolf- 'What happened next? We will listening to a variety of Christmas music.
In class the children may discuss: What do you owe people who make you a success?