Philosophy for Children in Year 4

Badgie’s Year 4 class have been carrying out some outstanding work as part of their weekly Philosophy for Children learning. This is a session that helps all pupils to think critically.

A different subject is up for discussion each week. A recent lesson looked at the morals of animal welfare.

A series of statements were displayed on pieces of papers. These included comments such as:

It is reasonable to eat chicken.

It is OK to wear leather shoes.

Keeping animals in a zoo is acceptable.

There is nothing wrong in wearing animal fur.

The pupils sat in a large circle to hold their discussion. The task was to move the pieces of paper down a scale of ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable.’

Each class member was given the opportunity to make a choice. They were then asked to explain the reasons behind their thinking.

This exercise helps the pupils to become confident and articulate speakers. We heard some powerful arguments for and against.

Philosophy for Children also helps the class members with their listening skills. It helps the pupils to understand that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer.

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