At Goldsworth, all children are taught philosophy as part of the curriculum as we value the skills philosophical thinking can bring to them as individuals and across other subjects. Philosophy is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves.
In philosophy sessions, children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. They then choose one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry, or dialogue. For example the question might be ‘is it ever ok to steal?
The teacher supports the children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue. After the enquiry the children and teacher reflect on the quality of the thinking, reasoning and participation, and suggest how they could improve; either as individuals or as a group.