Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds

‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Welcome to our Philosophy for Children Page

It has been confirmed that our bid to NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) to take part in a 3 year programme evaluating the impact of Philosophy for Children(P4C) on raising standards in Reading, Maths and Social Skills has been successful. The project will lead to P4C Gold accreditation for our school.

The EEF has commissioned the research with results being shared with DfE in a report to be published in 2019/20.

We are pleased to be involved with the project as so much of the pedagogy of P4C fits with the culture and ethos of our Church school and curriculum. Training sessions for 25 staff have taken place in the Spring and Summer term with Development days due to take place during the Autumn term.

To gain more information about P4C and SAPERE, follow the link;

Linking RE and P4C

Our RE Theme day focussed on linking Philosophy for Children


RE Theme: Which stories are special and why?

Title: ‘What is as story?’

Type: Philosophical Exercise

RE Theme: How should we care for the world and for others, and why does it matter?

Type: Philosophical Enquiry

RE Theme: How do religions help people live through good times and bad?

Title: ‘The Power of Prayer’

Type: Philosophical Enquiry
Method:Story-based enquiry

Stimulus Story: The unanswered prayer

YEAR 5/6

RE Theme: Why is there suffering? Are there any good solutions?

Title: War Child

Type: Philosophical Enquiry

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Spirited Poetry

Spirited Poetry links perfectly with our P4C curriculum. Both ask the big questions of life, darkness or celebrates the verve of living. It asks awkward questions, dreams impossible dreams and yells angry thoughts. It sometimes rests easy and sometimes it agitates. The themes covered within the book are : Where is God? Life's like ..., I wonder ..., Faith.

The link below features additional poems that can be used to inspire.