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Questioning, sifting through information, prioritising: these are skills that everyone needs to learn for themselves – but we believe in giving our pupils as much help as possible.

From Philosophy for Children to a weekly thinking skills lesson, we actively encourage our pupils to become active thinkers and learners.

The six 'B's of thinkingJunior School boy working

Across our curriculum, the following skills are integral:

  • Be collaborative thinkers
  • Be critical thinkers
  • Be caring thinkers
  • Be creative thinkers
  • Be curious thinkers
  • Be reflective thinkers

Philosophy for Children

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an important part of our curriculum. It helps our pupils to:

  • Develop the ability to discuss and debate
  • Learn to be flexible in their opinions
  • Question what they hear

P4C provides a challenging context for thinking and we feel discussion at this level has a positive impact on other areas of learning.

Time to think

Our weekly thinking skills lessons feature activities and teaching tools to develop thinking. These skills are then embedded in curriculum lessons.

For example, by using thinking skills lessons to look at cause and effect, our pupils applied this model to understanding causes of poverty in Tudor times. They looked at the effect of poverty and developed solutions – which were then presented in speeches to Queen Elizabeth I herself (well almost)!

"The teachers aren't just answering questions in a book - and nor are you."