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Whiteheath Infant School was first accredited as a ‘Thinking School’ in February 2010 by The Cognitive Education Development Unit, University of Exeter. Then we were awarded advanced accredited in March 2013 and again in April 2016.
At Whiteheath we use a toolbox of thinking strategies:
•There are 16 ’Habits of Mind’ which build a common language helping us to behave intelligently when confronted with a problem. Each habit focuses on a characteristic which will help you find the answer if it isn’t immediately obvious. Eg. Persevere.
•DeBono’s 6 Thinking Hats are a practical thinking tool, which provide a framework to help us think clearly and thoroughly by directing our thinking attention in one direction at a time; white hat the facts, green hat creativity, yellow hat benefits, black hat cautions, red hat feelings, and blue hat about the process.
•Hyerle’s Thinking Maps are visual-verbal tools for recording and organising ideas and information. Each visual pattern is linked to a specific cognitive process.
•Philosophy for Children helps children think for themselves. They develop a community of enquiry where questions are valued and explored.
•Bloom’s Taxonomy support teachers with planning, higher level thinking activities and questions.
We run information sessions and workshops for parents. Please ask at Reception for the next available date.