Using P4C to introduce key concepts of global citizenship

Early Years: ages 3-5KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11PDF

This clear and concise document from SAPERE, a leading organisation in promoting the use of Philosophy for Children (P4C), outlines 12 key concepts of global citizenship and suggests multiple different stimuli that could be used to generate meaningful discussion with students.

Fiction books provide a rich and exciting stimulus when introducing new and complex concepts with children. The books recommended can be used either as part of a series of literacy lessons or can provide the stimuli for a series of Philosophy for Children (P4C) based enquiry sessions.

The concepts of global citizenship covered include:

  • Commitment to fairness and social justice
  • Respect and concern for the environment
  • An appreciation of diversity in all its forms
  • Curiosity and critical thinking
  • Peaceful resolution of conflict

These books are aimed at a range of different age groups, including the picture book Why, by Nikolai Popov, suitable for children aged 4 to 8, The Tunnel, by Anthony Browne, suitable for children aged 5 to 9, and When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, suitable for children aged 7 to 11.

You can also visit SAPERE’s website to explore more about using P4C to generate critical thinking with students.


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