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Thinking about Thinking

We promote active thinking throughout school. In doing so we hope to help our children to become creative and independent learners.  We have a drive team who lead thinking skills across the school and this team is led by our cognitive education coordinator, Miss J Hill. 


The three main thinking tools we have embedded in our school are:

De Bonos Thinking Hats


These are 6 colour coded hats which encourage children to apply different

thought processes to a challenge.


      Red Hat Feelings

      Yellow Hat Positive points

      Black Hat Things to be cautious of

      White Hat Facts you know and wish to know.

      Green Hat New ideas

      Blue Hat Managing the situation. 

This is linking the hats and identifying gaps.


Philosophy for Children (P4C)


This is used for children to debate, question, reflect, justify and develop their thinking about a range of deeper issues.


Some questions might include:


    •  Is it better to be a child or an adult?


    •  What’s more important family or friendship?


    •  Should animals be kept in captivity?



Thinking Maps

The thinking maps program consists of eight maps that correspond with fundamental thinking processes. The circle map is used for defining in context; the bubble map for describing; the flow map for sequencing and ordering; the brace map for identifying part whole relationships; the tree map for classifying; the double bubble for comparing and contrasting; the multi flow for analysing causes and effects and the bridge map for seeing analogies. These maps are a “common visual language” for all pupils in all subject areas.

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”

Winnie the Pooh 


Statement from the Chair of Governors, 2017

Results from perception of self survey

Learner Survey  

A survey to help us understand academic self perception

Questioning techniques

Lesson Study Pro Forma

Monitoring form

Action plan 2017- 2018

Vikings Circle Map


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