P4C and the Curriculum

All of our P4C courses will show you how use a philosophical approach to the curriculum in both primary and secondary schools.

Approaching the National Curriculum in a philosophical way means looking beneath the surface, beyond the facts, to the questions and concepts that interest children, young people and teachers. For example, 

  • in art – what makes something beautiful?
  • in P.E. – is there such a thing as a fair race?
  • in history – is it possible to have a just war?

In Geography there are central concepts such as ownership, place, boundaries, maps, change, natural, responsibility and sustainability.

Our book, Philosophy for Children Through the Secondary Curriculum, published in 2012, provides guidance on how to embed P4C in curriculum subjects in a crowded and demanding secondary timetable.

Each chapter is written by a leading P4C expert and provides an introduction to the relationship between P4C and the subject area, lesson stimuli and activities for extending and deepening students' thinking.