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The underlying principle of Philosophy for Children (P4C) is for children and young people to experience rational and reasonable dialogue about things that matter to them and their teachers. All participants work together in a ‘community of enquiry’. The aim for each child is not to win an argument but to become clearer, more accurate and more aware of other arguments and values before reaching a conclusion.


We begun our session using critical thinking to sort images according to the labels 'fair', 'sometimes fair' or 'less fair'. Our P4C stimulus was the image of Cinderella scrubbing the floor. This helped us to think about the key ideas in the picture and develop some wonderful philosophical questions. We then voted for which question should be explored further in our enquiry.

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