Philosophy Circles – Embed P4C in Your Curriculum
Philosophy for Children (P4C) creates deeper thinking and better talk in the classroom. It has proven benefits for literacy and numeracy and is popular with children and teachers. However, schools can struggle to find time for “traditional” P4C, and it can be slow, lack rigour, or be too teacher-led.
Philosophy Circles is a streamlined approach to P4C, based on extensive trials with thousands of children. It enables shorter, high-impact sessions that use your existing curricula as fuel for philosophy.
This book explains the three key principles of Philosophy Circles, and equips teachers to run successful sessions using the support download provided, or to devise their own.
“If you only own one ‘little black book’ in your lifetime make it THIS one! After 30 plus years of teaching, advisory and inspection experience I thought I’d seen plenty of innovative and exciting approaches in the classroom but whilst sitting in a session led by Tom I couldn’t help feeling that here was something new and of superior standing. Philosophy Circles is like a magic portal (dare I say TARDIS….bigger on the inside!). I’ve been carrying it around in my handbag for months. Just 50 pages but packed with an ever expanding wealth of resources and don’t get me started on what it feels like when you try them out in class. As the book says ‘take the road less travelled’ and it will make ALL the difference to your class!” Sharon Hallis, Teacher, Advisor and Inspector, Wiltshire
“The Philosophy Circles approach makes the inclusion of a philosophical dimension into everyday teaching easy, flexible and totally possible without being a burden in terms of preparation, planning or time management of the curriculum. It can be incorporated into virtually any topic or subject, can be slotted in, take main stage or sit there waiting in the wings for those impromptu moments. Learning how to apply the Philosophy Circles approach is key.” – Rachel Hutchings, Teacher, Kent