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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. We were re-accredited in March 2013, April 2016 and May 2019.

 

Thinking Skills 

 

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.

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 •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.

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 •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.


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