I think, therefore I go to Roydon Primary!

Communities / Tue 2nd Dec 2014 at 04:42pm

DescartesWhat is beauty?

That’s just one of the big questions being posed to Year 6 pupils in their new philosophy lessons.
Roydon Primary School, in Epping Road, Roydon, is holding the weekly lessons with deputy headteacher Claire Dennis after she completed a philosophy training course.

Children are asked questions such as “what is love?” before discussing and writing their responses on notes displayed together in their classrooms.

Headteacher Gill Doyle said: “The lessons are absolutely fascinating. The depths at which the children explore their thoughts are so impressive. They are becoming more verbally literate and reflective of each other’s opinions as there are no right or wrong answers to these big questions.

“Children are naturally curious and sometimes this curiosity can be lost as they get older. These philosophy classes nurture skills and qualities such as respect, listening, attention and being brave with their responses. We are expecting the philosophy lessons to have an impact on the wider curriculum as children become braver and bolder in their questioning and in their responses to learning tasks”

The philosophy sessions will be rolled out to the rest of the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy primary schools in the coming year.

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