The Thinking Curriculum
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We all know that learning knowledge alone won't equip children for the future. It's vitally important to teach them skills which they can adapt to different situations later in life. A whole school resource, Thinking Skills helps teachers to introduce and embed personal learning and thinking skills from Reception through to Year 6. The emphasis on thinking skills will help children to become much more aware of their own behaviour and empowers them to drive their own learning. With clear progression throughout the pupils' progression from Reception up to Year 6, it features numerous activities to explicitly teach these skills plus guidance on how to embed the skills within other curriculum areas. Featuring a book and accompanying CD, this comprehensive resource, covers:
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Here’s another poster to help get you thinking about how you can apply Bloom’s higher-order thinking skills with your children. This poster shows the segments of an orange with each segment relating to a thinking skill and some helpful verbs to serve as prompts. While there are many more verbs that we could have added, we felt that including just seven in each segment would make them easier to remember (For more information, see Miller’s paper “ The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two : Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information .” We thought it would be interesting to depict the verbs in a circular form as opposed to a hierarchical list, given that these skills don’t often occur in isolation and are interconnected. We went through several concepts including a wheel, a pie, and an apple, but somehow the orange seemed to work best when we put everything together. For those of you who prefer it, we’ve also created a grayscale version of the poster.