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Searchable Library of P4C Resources

These free P4C resources, designed, tried and tested by experienced teachers, SAPERE trainers and children of all ages, make teaching and learning more engaging, more collaborative, more challenging and more thoughtful.

They include activities to get everyone involved in speaking and listening, and working as a community; tips and advice to help you create a thoughtful space, build a supportive and challenging community, and develop questioning; and stimuli for enquiries including stories, images, videos, poems and picture books, and some suggested one-hour lesson plans.

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27 questions for facilitating philosophical dialogue

What it says - a set of useful questions for facilitators to employ to help dialogue along and nudge conversation towards philosophical depth.

Become a more active facilitator by intervening with well-chosen questions.

Why not prepare yourself to use a few of these each time you facilitate? But use sparingly and with a light touch - not all 27 in one session!

SAPERE recommended
3 steps in facilitating philosophical dialogue

This is a resource of tips and advice to help with facilitating dialogue. Facilitating philosophical dialogue can be tricky, especially if you’re new to it, but it easier and more effective if you take it step by step with a clear plan of what you’re aiming to do at each stage. Try following this simple 3 step sequence and see how you go.

Steve Bramall
6 great picture books for KS2

A list of picture books for KS2 with philosophical questions and concepts and Amazon links.

SAPERE recommended
9 great picture books for EYFS and KS1

Nine of the best picture books for P4C with younger children. Each has a description of the story, concepts for thinking further about and questions to generate deeper dialogue. Links to Amazon included too.

SAPERE recommended
Animals in the Nursery
Uses toy animals as the stimulus. Ideal for Early Years.
Nick Chandley
Changing Learning Spaces: 2 good 2 bad

Now, perhaps more than ever, we are all getting used to moving between different and changed learning environments.

This resource supports young people’s thinking about their own learning spaces – perhaps the pros and cons, the different skills, problems, opportunities and relationships.

It provides an opportunity for expressing thoughts, enabling voice and developing meta-cognition. The focus on learner experiences means engagement levels should be high.

Here, 2 good 2 bad is presented as a printable resource with space to jot down good and bad things, highlight a big idea or issue, and a space to write a challenging question.

It can be used by individuals or small groups and could be adapted for use on an interactive white board in a classroom or in video conferencing.

Steve Bramall
Covid 19 agree-disagree line

This resource aims to help you to get people disagreeing amiably about things that really matter to everyone. It focuses on managing agreeing and disagreeing about Covid 19 – the causes and our responses. It can quite easily be adapted and applied to other issues too, and you don't need P4C training to get going. Included is a set of printable opinion cards, line ends, and a sheet for gathering thoughts. 

Steve Bramall
DNA Discovery
KS3 and 4 Science resources from Wellcome Trust and University of Ulster P4C Science Project - Thanks to Lynda Dunlop
Lynda Dunlop
Egg Box Treasure Hunt

A popular activity to accompany a walk with children is to take egg boxes and collect things from nature to study.

With a couple of simple moves, this can become a great way to get into some philosophical enquiry. Interest is guaranteed and you get the chance for some outdoor philosophizing. 

Collecting can be done as individuals, in pairs or small groups. Everyone can join in and no P4C experience needed.  

Steve Bramall
Games for listening and speaking

5 great games for developing speaking, listening and questioning. These games are low risk, high value, fun and easy. No P4C experience needed.

SAPERE recommended