Philosophy for Children

The Curriculum
Teaching and Learning
Kitchen Garden
Philosophy for Children
Out of School Hours Care

The school community believes the skills and disciplines fostered in Philosophy for Children are fundamental to the process of education.  It is taken for an hour each week in Grades Prep to 6.  Teachers use philosophy novels, stories, poems, newspaper articles or topics of interest to stimulate discussion of particular issues.  Through structured discussions of philosophical or conceptual ideas and open-ended questions, children have the opportunity to develop thinking and reasoning skills and enhance self-esteem.

A Community of Inquiry is created which promotes a classroom environment, which is most conducive to shared dialogue and the building of thinking skills.  In an environment of trust and acceptance the participants listen carefully to, and build upon each other’s views.  They learn to respect ideas, agreeing or disagreeing or modifying their own views where appropriate.  They appreciate the importance of asking “thinking” questions and finding reasons, distinctions and connections.  Topics studied include: Truth, Honesty, Beauty, Real and Not Real, Friendship, Dreaming, Thinking.

The Program’s aims include the following:

  • To promote and develop thinking skills, especially higher order thinking skills
  • To teach children to value and respect the views of others whilst encouraging them to provide reasons for their own opinions
  • To help children find ways of connecting their own thoughts with those of others in order to build a coherent understanding of the world
  • To learn about problem seeking and problem solving on a creative or critical level
  • To nurture in children a healthy sense of self-esteem, as they learn to articulate their own ideas and engage in dialogue with their classmates
  • To foster mutual co-operation, trust, tolerance, and a heightened degree of sensitivity to classmates
  • To encourage children to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own views empowering them to deal with problems and issues that will confront them at various stages of their lives

We hope in the future to have our neighbouring community reap the rewards of our produce through community days where we can all share in our harvest. The end result of the kitchen garden program should be that students and teachers are empowered with the knowledge of how to continue their garden using permaculture practices and have formed an understanding of local businesses and organisations that rely on food and sustainable practices.