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Questioning, sifting through information, prioritising: these are skills that everyone needs to learn for themselves – but we believe in guiding our pupils in this aspect of their learning. We actively encourage our pupils to become active thinkers and learners.

Junior School boy working

Across our curriculum, the following skills are integral:

  • collaborative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • caring thinking
  • creative thinking
  • curious thinking
  • reflective thinking

 

 

Thinking Skills are embedded in Junior School Teaching and Learning, assisting our pupils to:

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

By using their thinking skills our pupils learn to look at cause and effect, for example Year 5 applied this model to understanding causes of poverty in Tudor times. They looked at the effects and devised solutions – which were then presented in speeches to Queen Elizabeth I.

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