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?
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