The Culture Yard - Thinking

The Culture Yard is a Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) programme, which develops critical thinking, debate and philosophy skills inspired by culture and heritage from across the African diaspora and diverse cultural heritages.

Email theroadschool@gmail.com for costs and availability.

Programme:

Delivered in six-weekly blocks,  facilitated by accredited practioner.

Duration:

1hr per session.

Evidence:

See Education Endowment Fund (2014), Teaching and learning toolkit on Metacognition and self-regulation (2018)

Structure:

Sessions offer the following benefits:

  • Developing a safe space, with a structured session which starts with a stimulus (audio, visual or kinastethetic).
  • Young people are encouraged to draw on their own experiences and imagination to ask a question based on wonder (I wonder why…?).
  • Young people make a collective decision on the question they are most interested in.
  • The discussion starts but is then not contained. It follows its own path guided by young people’s thoughts and ideas, agreeing and disagreeing, but always giving a reason for their point of view.

Outcomes for young people include:

  • Learning to think before they speak and give reasons for what they say.
  • Valuing their views and the views of others.
  • Not taking things personally.
  • Developing skills of respect and negotiation.
  • Learning not to be fearful.

Sessions also help young people through:

  • Positive impact on other areas of learning and personal engagement.
  • Lots of ideas for creative writing.
  • Creates an enquiring space in all areas of learning and engagement.
  • Affects personal skills, and behaviour in unstructured, personal time.
  • Develops skills necessary for positions of responsibility and positive decision making.
  • Listening and reasoning skills.
  • Independence.