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.
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Delivered in six-weekly blocks, facilitated by accredited practioner.
1hr per session.
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.