Thinking Skills

 

Our Thinking Skills Curriculum is concerned with the development of pupil skills in the following areas:

 

Information processing skills-

  • locate and collect relevant information
  • sort
  • classify
  • sequence
  • compare and contrast
  • analyse part-whole relationships

Reasoning skills-

  • give reasons for opinions and actions
  • draw inferences and make deductions
  • use precise language
  • explain what is thought
  • make judgements and decisions informed by reasons
  • or evidence

Enquiry skills-

  • ask relevant questions
  • pose and define problems
  • plan what to do and how to research
  • predict outcomes and anticipate consequences
  • test conclusions and improve ideas

Creative thinking skills-

  • generate and extend ideas
  • suggest hypotheses
  • apply imagination
  • look to innovative outcomes

 

Evaluation skills-

  • evaluate information
  • judge the value of what is seen. heard and done
  • develop criteria for judging the value of own and
  • others ideas
  • have confidence in their judgements

 

The scheme of work consists of activities that are progressively more challenging and demanding of higher skills. Illustrated by year group it constitutes a continuum from which teachers choose tasks to develop their pupils thinking skills.

 

Year 1 & Year 2

 

Imagine That

Word Chain – Page 27

Constellations – Page 28

Odd One Out – Page 30

Splash – (Page 31)

Picture Sequences - Page 32

Brainwave - Page 38

Grabbit – Page 39

Abstract Art – Page 43 Five Senses Three Mexicans Weeing In A Well – Page 40.

Symbols – Page 45

Focussing – Page 52

Ten Questions –Page 53

Sound Journeys – Page 55

The Spice Trail – Page 56 Description – Page 63

If-Then – Page 65

Footprints – Page 66

Ambiguous Objects – Page 78 How to Prevent – Page 95

The Why Game – Page 102 Peas in a Pod – Page 142 Storyboarding – Page 166

Self-Intelligence

 

Settling – Page 60

Active Noticing – Page 26

Pennywork – Page 27

Best Guess – Page 28

Book and Cover – Page 34

The Unfolding Story – Page 35

The Eyes Have It – Page 36

Circle Faces – Page 47

Visualisation – Page 149

Ten Questions – Page 151

Personal Coat of Arms – Page 158

The Alps Approach

Midline Movement Pages 3-15

Lengthening Activities Pages 16-22

Energy Exercises and Deepening Attitudes – Pages 23-32

Brain Gym at work and Play

Pages 33-41 Mapping – Page 53 Brain Gym Exercises – Page 142-146

Don’t Just Do Something – Sit There

 

Surrounded by Light – Page 35

Imaginary Visit to Jesus Stable – Page 37

Journey to an Imaginary Place – Page 39

Learning to Breathe – Page 11

Various Imaginary Situations – Page 16

 

Year 3

 

Top Ten Thinking Tactics

Activity 1 A to D

Activity 2

Activity 3A & B

Activity 3 C & D

Activity 4 Exercise 1 A, B & C

Activity 4 Exercise 2 – D

Activity 5 Task 1

Activity 5 Task 2 Task 6 1 Task 6 2 Task 6

Looking and Thinking 1

Activity 1

Activity 4

Activity 5

Activity 7

Mind Maps Intro.

Myself

Creative/Critical Thinking

What’s My Line?

Stop Thief!

Travel Tips

Whistle While You Work

A tool for the future

Listening Skills

School Mugs - Page 19

Our friend Woody Page 35

Ice Cream - Page 29

Tapes – Listen & Do

Level 2 Lesson 1 & 2

Level 2 Lesson 3 and 4

Level 2 lessons 5 & 6

Brill the Brave

Activity 1

Activity 2

Activity 3

Activity 4

Activity 5

Activity 6

Somerset Thinking Skills

Flow charts - Page 17

 

Year 4

 

Imagine That

Word Chain - Page 27

 Odd One Out Picture Sequence - Page 32

10 questions - Page 53

Chilli Chicken Stir Fry - Page 74

If …. Then Page - 65

Timelines - Page 76

Sound – Journeys - Page 55

Artists and Instructor - Page 143

Creative and Critical Thinking

The Perfect Playroom - Page 9

The Intergalactic Times - Page 16

Travel Tips BJ Blues - Page 17

Home Sweet Home - Page 13

Space the Final Frontier - Page 21

Candyland - Page 10

Grab that Ad! - Page 14

Top Ten Thinking Tactics

Activity 7 Section A

Activity 7 Section B

Activity 8 Section A

Activity 8 Section B

Activity 9 Section A

Activity 9 Section B

Listening Skills KS2

Page 35

Page 41

Page 42

Corn circles

Close Activity

 

Year 5

 

Thinking Together

 

Lesson 1 – Talk about Talk

Lesson 2 – Talking in Groups

Lesson 3 – Deciding on Ground Rules

Lesson 4 – Using the Ground Rules

Lesson 5 – Reasoning Ground Rules

 

Mind Wise Book

Step-By-Step Guide to Mapping Version 1 – Page 80

Somerset Thinking Skills Course Module 1

1. The Living Room

2 Coming to our Senses

3. Thinking Keys

4,5 and 6 Abstract Search Tasks

8 Find the Dogs

9 Lost

10, 11 and 12 Abstract Search Tasks

13 The Island

14 Treasure Trove

15 Reference Points

16, 17 and 18 Abstract Search Tasks

19  The Bedroom

20  Car Breakdown

21 and 22 Abstract Error Tasks

24 The Lost Key

26  Muddled Baggage

27, 28 and 29 Abstract Tasks

Capability Through Problem Solving

Desert Survival

(Page 101)

Getting Up in the Morning (Page 103)

Birthday Money – Page 105

Broken Squares – Page 107

Imagine That

What If – Page 86

Context Sentences – Page 90

Parallel World – Page 92

How to Prevent – Page 95

 

Year 6

 

Somerset Thinking Skills Course Module 2

1 Parts and wholes

2 Divide and Combine

3 The Dustbin

4 The Burglary

5 The Body in the Garden

6 Patchwork Pieces

7 The Patio

8 and 9 Nets and Solids

10 Symmetry

11  Models

14, 15 and 16 Instructions

17  Flow Chart

18 and 19 Car Assembly/Flow Chart

20 and 21 Error Pages 1 and 2

Thinking Together

 

6 Persuasion

7 Kaye’s Choice

8 Who Pays?

9 Water Voles

10  Town Plan

11  A Fair Test

12 Non Fiction

13 Looking into Poems

14 Staying Friends

15 Strategy

Capability Through Problem Solving

Where to Build a Factory - Page 111

Building a Dam – Page 113

First Meeting – Page 118