P4C

In Shapinsay School we enjoy doing Philosophy. If you would like to find out more about it, please contact us or go to the Sapere website. You can find out what we have been discussing in Philosophy (or P4C - Philosophy for Children) by looking at our blog below.

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Why do philosophy? 

Posted by Administrator Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Here are some of the children's ideas....

 

What makes a good school? 

Posted by Administrator Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:30:00 PM

We explored what makes a good school -

Being friendly to everyone – FRIENDLINESS

Doing as you are told – OBEDIENCE

Thinking for yourself – INDEPENDENCE

Being honest – HONESTY

Having fun – ENJOYMENT

Working hard – INDUSTRIOUSNESS

Being neat and careful – METICULOUSNESS

Being kind – KINDNESS

We discussed these concepts and thought about each one and why they would be good for a school. Then we thought of questions about them.

Can you be too kind?

Can you ever work too hard?

Will people get hurt if you are careful?

Can you have too much fun?

Can you be too honest?

What if you are so independent that you don’t let anyone help you with anything?

Should you do something that is not safe if it is what you have been told?

How do you know the difference between being friendly in a good way and being over-friendly?

We chose to discuss whether you could ever have too much fun. There were some interesting ideas and thoughts.

Belonging by Jeannie Baker 

Posted by Administrator Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:06:00 PM

We looked at the book called "Belonging" by Jeannie Baker.

Here are the questions we asked (the one we have chosen to discuss is in bold)

Who is the boy?

Was it the guy next door who she got married to?

Why does it only have a picture every 2 years?

Why did she put a trampoline outside?

Why are there no words?

When did she have the baby?

Does "Tracy" mean something and where do names come from?

Why did she put a bath outside?

Whose perspective is it taken from?

Why does it say "sorry" in the sky?

If the book gets famous, will the Earth become a better place to live like in the end of the book?

Will the family continue living there for the rest of time?

What is the purpose of the book?

Why is the same bus at the start there at the finish?

Is the town making a change for a reason? Eg global warming?

Why is it through a window?

Why is the title "Belonging"?

What does the story represent?

Is there a meaning or moral?

What age was she when she had her baby?

Why does she love him?

Why is it set in a hot country?

Why is there a picture for every 2 years?

Why does it go through one window?

Is it  good place to grow up?

Did it take 2 years for her to fully change?

Why does it skip so many years?

 

 

The Easter Story 

Posted by Administrator Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:14:00 PM

We watched an animated version of the Easter Story.

Here are the questions we asked - the one we chose to talk about is in bold.

Are there any links in films or in books to the Bible?

Do you think Narnia is related to the death of Jesus Christ?

Is Heaven real?

Where is Heaven if space never ends?

Why were people saying bad things to him when he helped them?

How did Jesus roll the stone?

Why did the sky turn darker?

Why do angels wear white?

Why did God not free him before he died?

Why did Jesus want to die?

Why did he die and how did he go to Heaven?

Why was the stone shaped like an egg?

Can anyone go to Heaven?

How was Jesus raised to life?

Bravery 

Posted by Administrator Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:22:00 PM

We read the story "Dragons and Giants" and have been thinking about what brave means.

What do you think? Here are some of our questions:

What is the snake's name?

Can you be afraid and brave?

Is being afraid really the opposite of being brave, because if you didn't have fears you would have nothing to face - nothing would be scary and you need something scary to be brave.

Why do they need to be brave?

Are they brave?

Are Frog and Toad scared?

How are the people in the story brave?

Why did they say they were not afraid even if they were?

How did the people kill the dragons and the giants?

How do you look brave?

What do Frog and Toad think of the snake and the eagle?

Are they braver than before after they have seen all these things?

Why did they keep going when they met the snake?

Do you have to experience things to be brave?

Are they being brave all along?

Why do Frog and Toad want to be brave?

 

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