Haselworth Primary School is delighted to be the lead school for the latest P4C ICE theme. We have chosen RESPECT as our core concept.
At Haselworth, we decided to re-think the way in which we introduced and incorporated positive values to our children. As P4C already drives our school curriculum, this was the obvious way to make our school values more meaningful and to help the children get a deeper understanding of them. We now have a focus value each half term. This is introduced in an assembly, but a more thorough understanding of each value is gained through regular philosophical enquiry. These are our values:
Mr Gumpy’s Outing
In EYFS we have used the book Mr Gumpy’s Outing. From this starting point the children have looked at respect as following rules and doing as you’re told.
In KS1 the children have looked at the book Wonder and have investigated respect from the point of view of respecting differences between people.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
We are excited to see how this theme develops through KS2 and to continue this link between P4C and our school values over the next academic year.
We would love it if other P4C schools would contribute to our theme with their own ideas for great stimuli related to the concept of RESPECT or with suggestions as to interesting ways to enquire into this theme. Please add you comments to this post – and we will let you know how we develop the theme at Haselworth.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Sian Hosmer, Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Haselworth Primary School
ICE contribution from Nick Chandley in Qatar:
Here’s a fun look at respect from Imageworks
ICE contribution from Damien Walshe in Stockholm:
‘The Book of Virtues’ by William Bennett is particularly engaging for children for taking a temperature gauge of how the children view of the culture of the school and there place in it. The book is most useful for KS2 and has some interesting poems etc which can provoke some interesting dialogue.
This book looks at – Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Friendship, Persistence, Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history.