1st Edition

Philosophy for Children Across the Primary Curriculum Inspirational Themed Planning

By Alison Shorer, Katie Quinn Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 44 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 44 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is an easy-to-use, theme-based resource book for Philosophy for Children (P4C) practitioners in primary school settings. It covers ten popular themes which include many current affair issues and enduring curriculum themes such as artificial intelligence, biodiversity, resilience, and waste.

    Each theme provides planning for every subject and links to the relevant English national curriculum expectations. Offering ideas for a year’s worth of work, it can be dipped into for inspiration or used for step-by-step sessions. There are links to video clips, websites, and stories that teachers and practitioners can use to base their concept exploration and enquires on.

    Presenting a range of philosophical ideas, activities, and resources, this book is essential for all primary P4C facilitators excited by embedding and exploring philosophy across the curriculum.


    Nick Chandley


    1. About the authors
    2. How to use this book
    3. Philosophy at the heart
    4. Alison Shorer

    5. The philosophical teacher
    6. Lizzie Lewis and Roger Sutcliffe

    7. Making metacognition simple
    8. Roger Sutcliffe, Bob House and Nick Chandlery

    9. Artificial intelligence
    10. Biodiversity
    11. Hearts and lungs
    12. Journeys
    13. Money
    14. Resilience
    15. Time
    16. War and peace
    17. Waste
    18. Water

    Appendix A: P4C Generic Worksheets

    Appendix B: Commemoration dates


    Alison Shorer is a P4C facilitator (SAPERE trained) and Thinking Moves Trainer for DialogueWorks. She specialises in oracy teaching and is a co-founder of Articulacy and TalkTastic. During her career in education, she has been a primary school teacher, given oracy intervention programmes to secondary school students, been a lecturer in language and literacy, and served as a teacher trainer and mentor. Her first degree was reading philosophy, and she has a master's in education.

    Katie Quinn is the ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) Lead and SAPERE Trainer at a large city-centre primary school in Exeter. She has worked with senior leadership to link philosophy to the learning and behaviour values already in place, and to develop ways of systematically incorporating it into topic planning, across all year groups and all curriculum areas, from science to maths to religious education. Her first degree was also reading philosophy.

    "Alison Shorer is always such an inspiration and this book is no exception to that. Absolutely packed with great ideas and resources, it shows that Philosophy for Children truly can be cross curricular, and used within a holistic approach to education, throughout primary education and beyond. For educators new to P4C up to those who have been doing it for years, this book will prove to be an essential tool. An absolute treasure trove of lessons to take you through a full year and beyond."

    Dulcinea Norton-Morris, author of Beautiful Thinking: Metacognition from Birth to Five

    "I really like that the cross-curricular links were shown and linked to the questions. This makes it easy for teachers to embed P4C into the curriculum."

    Natalie Padley, Deputy Head Teacher, St. Martin’s Primary